Minnechaug Mountain, Hampden, Massachusetts

The Minnechaug Mountain conservation land was acquired in two stages: in 2001, 93 acres on the northeast slope, adjacent to 14 acres of town-owned conservation land, was purchased by the land trust (then known as "Hampden Land Project") and turned over to the Town of Hampden; and in 2003, an abutting 166 acres on the northwest slope (including the peak) was protected as town-owned conservation land. These 273 acres are open to the public for passive recreation, and are enjoyed by hikers, birders, horseback riders, and the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, who have been actively involved in trail work projects.