Who is NeVar and NeVara?

Nevar© and his mate NeVara© are a not so common raven pair. Together, they have become the mascots and narrators for this website.

Ravens were chosen for their intelligence, sociability and adaptability. They have been companions to humankind for all of recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To some ravens are evil. To others they are revered as noble spirits. And so ravens were chosen to tell the story of Mount Tom and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Should you have skills in animation, graphic arts, audio and video recording, photography, voice-overs, research, law, and would like to help tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range, please leave a comment under Recent Posts.

Viewing Towers

Visitor Ctr Tower, cropped

Overlooking Westhampton and beyond is the Visitor Center Tower. A second tower is to the north on Goat Peak. Both are ideal for watching hawks and other migrating birds, where thousands ride updrafts along the ridge in September. Access is via the parking area rear of the Visitor Center. Reach Goat Peak by way of the New England National Scenic Trail ( NET ). Near the Visitor Tower sits a memorial stone and plaque to Roy Goodreau, deceased Department of Conservation and Recreation employee whose commitment to the reservation is much appreciated.


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