Conserve the Valley You Love

19 Towns. One Valley.

One Mission.

Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.


Love for the Land Saves the Family Farm

An iconic riverfront farm worked by 7 generations of the Barstow clan is being preserved for many more. Brothers David and Steven Barstow are finalizing the conservation of 123 acres of their dairy farm in the historic Hockanum area in Hadley, nestled between the Mt. Holyoke Range and the Connecticut River. Their willingness to look to the future and be good stewards of the land has sustained the family operation through hard times and now they are becoming a model of innovation. Read more about how the funding they receive for selling their development rights will bring robots to the farm!  


Read more about this dedicated family in our latest newsletter. 


You can also help save this farm! Your donation will ensure that Barstow's Longview Farm will be Forever Farmland. 


Help Meet Lake Warner Dam Fundraising Challenge


Kestrel Land Trust Office Has Moved

New Year’s Day Outings

Ring in the New Year in the Valley with our annual New Year’s Day hikes, one on each side of the river! Both outings begin at 12 noon (plenty of time to recover from the previous night’s festivities) and go until 2 pm. No charge for either outing, though donations are always welcome, and no RSVP required. (Heavy snow or ... more


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Thank You for Your Generosity!

Thank you for your support during Valley Gives on December 10! It was an extraordinary celebration of generosity in our Valley -- $2,676,595 was raised in 24 hours for hundreds of nonprofit organizations! Our 338 donors contributed more than $24,000, helping us meet our $20,000 Board Challange grant, and kept us in the top 10 for number of donors throughout the event.


Your commitment to conserving Valley lands means so much to us and to everyone who loves this region. All we can say is, Thank You. 


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