One of Hampden County’s most popular walking, hiking and biking locales may be on its way to permanent protection status.  

The town of West Springfield is considering entering a conservation restriction arrangement with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation and Mass Audubon. If the CR goes through, in exchange for a $1 million trust fund for enhancement and maintenance, West Springfield will agree to never sell or develop the land.  

Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan visited Bear Hole Reservoir to learn more about the history and importance of this wilderness area nestled in the heart of a buzzing metro area.