Mt. Holyoke Range as seen from the new accessible Fort River Trail on land Kestrel helped conserve for the Conte Wildlife Refuge.

Mt. Holyoke Range as seen from the new accessible Fort River Trail on land Kestrel helped conserve for the Conte Wildlife Refuge.

Mt. Holyoke & Mt. Tom Ranges

What makes the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges special to you? For many of us, it’s a place to explore, to escape to, and to inspire us with its beauty and diversity. For these and many other reasons, we’re ensuring that these mountains and surrounding lands are protected forever.

In June 2014, 336 acres of forestland and wetlands were conserved with our partners in Granby, Hadley, and Belchertown. These conserved lands add to the 10,000 acres already protected on the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges. But there is still more work to do.

Kestrel’s effort to protect 1,000 acres on the Range in 2014 was propelled by a $1.5 million Landscape Partnership Grant from the Commonwealth, by loans from the Conservation Fund, and by an extraordinary anonymous gift of $350,000. Equally important has been the support of private foundations and individuals like you: $85,000 in contributions and grants also made this work possible.

With its partners, including the willing landowners who care about the future of their lands on the Range, Kestrel is continuing to work toward conserving the remaining 677 acres of its 1,000-acre goal. Efforts in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, South Hadley, and Granby are in progress, ensuring that future generations will continue to be inspired by the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges.

Places We Protect