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Among the important factors effecting the quality of the environment in our region is rapid and often poorly planned development. Degradation of environmental quality via development is usually a slow process that goes unnoticed until we notice the loss of open spaces and the increase in traffic congestion. However, during 1999 two events have raised local concern about development. The proposed expansion of a quarry on Mt. Tom and Ronald Burcume's proposed housing development adjacent to Skinner State Park have focused the area on development issues.
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  • Local organizations interested in preservation and/or development

  • Holyoke Range Development

    Recent development proposals for Mt .Tom and a parcel of land adjacent to Skinner State Park threaten the preservation of the Holyoke Range.

  • Farm Land Preservation



Center for the Environment
Talcott Greenhouse South
50 College Street
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone: (413) 538-3091

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