The Berkshire Eagle reports after decades challenging Greylock Glen projects, George Wislocki, founding president of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, liked the illustrations and diagrams displayed on easels up front.

One showed how a big picture window in the proposed outdoor center will face the looming peak, paying homage.

With a smaller Glen project now defined and permitted, Adams officials, lawmakers, and others paused Friday to mark a new beginning, extend thanks and gear up for a push to win the $6.5 million in funding they still need to see a building rise on the property.

The stakes are high.

A developer still must be secured for a proposed lodge and conference center, a step that could take years.

Charles Johnson, a Chicago-based consultant who has advised on Glen projects for more than 15 years, said the full build-out, including the conference center, will be important.

"The hotel is going to be the hardest part," he said. "Inch by inch, you have to build the volume so the hotel will have the opportunity to succeed."