Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces Grants to Support Rural Economies and Forest Conservation

Massachusetts State House - Woodlands Partnership

In September, 2023, the Healey-Driscoll Administration awarded $460,000 in grant funding to increase economic development focusing on the conservation and sustainable management of forests within the Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts region. Through the Woodlands Partnership Grants, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is supporting nine rural communities and three regional conservation and economic development organizations in improving access to outdoor recreation in town and state forests, improving the safety of outdoor recreation, and implementing climate-smart forestry practices.

“We’re investing in Massachusetts’ rural communities to unlock the full potential of our forests – from tourism, to recreation, to robust economic development,” said EEA Secretary Rebecca Tepper. “The Woodland Partnership Grants support the conservation of one of our most spectacular regions while also helping local economies in a sustainable way.”

Read the rest of the State’s press release detailing the Woodlands Partnership Implementation Grant Awards here.

Read about grants awarded in previous years here.