Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership

Photo : Wood smoke from a state of the art wood pellet boiler, at the John Olver Transportation Center, Greenfield,MA

 

Mohawk Trail Woodlands sustainable forestry and energy project announced

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ma/newsroom/releases/?cid=STELPRDB1268025

 

Pellet Boiler Tension Flares
The Independent February 5, 2016 by Ben Bosco
"If you want to get a wood boiler for the school do it, but don't do it because you think it would be good for the environment." Dr. Mary Booth
MTWP SI 2-5-16.pdf
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Board of Health opposes Mohawk wood pellet burning
Shelburne Falls and West County Independent-March 16, 2016
MTWP-BOH SFI-3-16-16.pdf
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ALA weighs in on wood burning school heating
Shelburne Falls and West County Independent - April 1, 2016
MTWP-ala-SFI-4-1-16.pdf
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Mohawk debates wood pellet boilers By DIANE BRONCACCIO Recorder Staff
Buckland February 2, 2016
MTWP Recorder 2-2-16.docx
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 “We’re in a valley; we have air inversions. Schools have a highly susceptible population,” Ayers said, mentioning conditions such as asthma. “Students would be exposed (to particulates) five days a week.”

Ayers’ remarks came after ecologist Mary Stuart Booth, director of Partnership for Policy Integrity, questioned the so-called “carbon neutrality” of pellet stoves, given the high-energy required to manufacture and transport wood pellets. Booth said there are no standards for how the pellets are made, and that the high demand for wood-pellet stoves and boilers is resulting in clear-cutting of forests to meet the demand. Also, she said, heavy metals and toxins from demolition wood have been found in some analysis of pellet emissions.

Greenfield Recorder Editorial: Boiler switch puts heat on Mohawk Friday, February 5, 2016
Editorial recorder 2-6-16.docx
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 Decision With Heath Costs

Letter to the Greenfield Recorder - March 1 , 2016

 

"My fear is that the opportunity for the Mohawk School District, with its declining student enrollment and half-empty schools, to focus on saving money by participating in these programs is clouding the vision of local officials."

http://www.recorder.com/home/20991200-95/letter-decision-with-health-costs

Are West County's Ears Burning-State Study Looks at Wood Availabilty

Greenfield Recorder March 28, 2016

 

http://www.recorder.com/News/Local/Are-west-county-s-ears-burning-State-study-looks-at-wood-availability-in-west-county-for-potential-wood-pellet-plant-1201365<<

American Lung Association Letter to the Editor
Greenfield Recorder-May 11, 2016 - ALA opposes wood boilers for schools
MTWP-ALA-Recorder 5-11-16.doc
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Wood Boiler Ok's for Sanderson, not for Mohawk
Greenfield Recorder - May 13, 2016

http://www.recorder.com/Wood-boiler-OK-d-for-Sanderson-not-for-Mohawk-2079103.aspx
MTWP-Recorder 5-13-16.doc
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THE FOREST INDUSTRY WEIGHS IN

Demonizing Pellet Fuel

Letter to the Greenfield Recorder - February 8, 2016

http://www.recorder.com/home/20955505-95/letter-demonizing-pellet-fuel

Wood Pellet Boiler Makes Sense

Letter to the Greenfield Recorder - February 7, 2016

http://www.recorder.com/home/20909055-95/letter-wood-pellet-boiler-makes-sense

Mohawk Trail State Forest
Mohawk Trail State Forest