New Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership reaches starting line

PITTSFIELD — With 11 towns signed up, the controversial Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership can move off the starting blocks.

Advocates envision hope for hard-pressed towns. But critics see a patient effort, aided by the U.S. Forest Service, to unlock access to privately owned tracts in a region that’s 82 percent woods.

Public concerns led proponents to revise legislation that passed a year ago, backing off interest in running a biomass facility.

Today, efforts to aid forestry remain.