Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Media Release

CONTACT: Todd Zukowski, PVPC Principal Planner/GIS Manager, (413) 781-6045
Jim Scace, PVPC Senior Planner/GIS Specialist, (413) 781-6045
Russell Anderson, Granby Fire Chief, (413) 467-9696

December 9, 2010

Emergency Response Maps of Holyoke Range to be Presented

Specialized maps to direct search and rescue activities along the Holyoke Range will be officially presented at a media event Monday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. at the Granby Fire Department, 259-B East State Street.

These maps were developed by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s GIS/Cartographic staff at the request of Granby Fire Chief Russell Anderson following several mutual aid responses involving injured or lost parties, often in remote or difficult-to-reach locations of the Holyoke Range. The original request for the Town of Granby was expanded to include other communities along the range, leading to coordination with fire chiefs in Hadley, South Hadley, Amherst, and Belchertown, who provided input about important features that would make the maps useful in their response efforts.

The maps, displaying scanned USGS topographic maps and aerial photos from MassGIS as the background, are designed specifically to aid community response to incidents in the remote areas along the mountainside. The maps display all trails and off-road paths, access points, and locations where access is blocked. A grid system with latitude and longitude was also included to aid in search effort response and incident management. The final products consist of large color plots and map books containing a series of smaller maps covering the range in each of these communities. The maps have been laminated for durability and use in the field. Maps produced are for official use only and are not available to the public.

For more information about the maps and the official presentation event, contact PVPC’s Todd Zukowski ( or Jim Scace ( at (413) 781-6045 or Granby Fire Chief Russell Anderson at or (413) 467-9696.

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