Conserve the Valley You Love

19 Towns. One Valley.

One Mission.

Kestrel Land Trust's mission is to conserve and care for forests, farms, and riverways in the Pioneer Valley, while nurturing an enduring love of the land.

The Valley's Future Is Yours to Shape

Can you imagine a summer without farmers’ markets brimming with just-picked produce from local farms?

What would the Valley be like without hikes through the forest, paddles on local rivers, and the abundant harvest that family farms work so hard to provide?


It wouldn’t be the Valley you call home. Find out what you can do this summer to ensure these things aren’t lost.

We need your help to conserve important farms and wildlife habitat before they are gone.


Join Us for the 5K for Farmland!


Hampshire College Conserves Land on Range

John Body

Hawk Watch on the Mt. Holyoke Range

On Sunday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., join U.S. Forest Service Biologist Dave King to observe the migration of hawks and other raptors from a bird’s eye view on the Mt. Holyoke Range. Bring your best binoculars, a bird guidebook, and your eagle-eyes for this popular outing. Learn about hawk and raptor behavior, life cycles, and conservation ... more


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Marvin Moriarty

Can't Beat 'em, Eat 'em!

In the current issue of Valley Views, find out how you can fight back against invasive plants in an unusual way: make Autumn Olive Jam or Garlic Mustard Pesto!

Check out the resources below to learn more about which plants can cause problems and how to help. 


For a good overview and photos, visit the Invasive Plant Index of New England.

GoBotany is great to help with the ID of any plant, native or non-native.

This Massachusetts site lists the invasive plants found in our region:

Russ Cohen, a local expert on edible plants, offers workshops here:

Your smartphone gives you the power to protect our native species. Download the Outsmart Invasive Species App to get started.