About NeVar


In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.


Exploring the Mt. Tom Range

is a labor of love, a non commercial public service website.  This site does not represent the views of any federal, state, or local public agencies or private organizations –including mountain range landowners.  The site’s mission is to promote awareness and preservation of the entire Mt. Tom Range largely as undeveloped open space.

Why is the Mt. Tom Range all about who we are and what we value?  Consider these points as answers:

1. Largely an open space island in the hard of the population center of Western Massachusetts.

2. Home and habitat to diverse plant and animal species.

3. A passive recreational resource and therefore an economic asset to the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Click on the pages to your right for points of interest. 

Get to know the Mount Tom Range, its history, geography, ecology, its passive recreational uses.  Recognize the range for its impact on the quality of life for you, your family, the families of our future.