About NeVar

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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.

Accessibility Trail

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Volunteers have extended wheelchair access to the new foot bridge at the far end of Lake Bray, working with Department of Conservation and Recreation ( DCR ) officials and reservation staff, Natural Heritage, Holyoke Conservation Commission, Appalachian Mountain Club.  Because of budget constraints, DCR turned to volunteers who applied for grant funding, arranged purchase of construction materials and provided much volunteer labor. The project is an example of coming together to make the Mt. Tom Range accessible to all.  Naomi and friends enjoy much and are looking forward to the trail going completely around Bray Lake.
Image courtesy of a friend of the Mt. Tom Range.