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Mount Holyoke Range

Mount Holyoke Range (460 acres)

 On the western section of the Holyoke Range in South Hadley, the Town now protects 148 acres of conservation land, including the eight (8) parcels transferred from the Conservation Society. Several parcels totaling 111 acres along Dry Brook abut Skinner State Park. Other scattered parcels add to the mosaic of protected land west of Lithia Springs Reservoir. On the eastern part of the Holyoke Range, between the Notch and Lithia Springs Reservoir, about 200 acres are now under the management of the Conservation Commission. These parcels include a 20-acre Conservation Society parcel, a 59-acre parcel given to the Town in 1972 by Elvina Ball Stewart, the Bourbonais Parcel, and several parcels belonging to the Town as protected conservation land. A number of the steeper parcels in this area harbor rare plants on the south-facing rocky slopes. Rare reptiles and amphibians have also been found here, and on nearby private parcels. Additionally, the Bare Mountain Conservation Area is included within the Mount Holyoke Range Conservation Area.