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.

Geology

Geolo011geologygically, the Mount Tom Range came about by our valley sinking and spreading to the east as the underlaying tectonic plate tilted upwards to the west, sinking to the east.  Glacial grinding exposed the basalt layer seen today and melting ice left deposits of granite and quartz from places far north.  Further erosion and sedimentation from more recent Lake Hitchcock, helped shape lower elevations and much of our valley.  The New England National Scenic Trail follows the west edge of the upheaval that created the Mt. Tom ridge-line, affording excellent views of hills to the north and west.  Glacial erratics and a mixture of forest and wetland habitats can be seen throughout the Mt. Tom Range, filling a day with surprises for the curious as well as for serious professional and student studies.