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.

Robert Jonas

How Do You Feel When a "FOR SALE" Sign Appears on Land You Love?

When a special place in the Valley goes on the market, our office phone starts ringing.


That's what happened recently when a 31-acre property on South Maple Street in Hadley was put up for sale.


This stunning parcel is part of a mosaic of farmlands, grasslands, and riverlands that stretch from the base of the Mount Holyoke Range to the Fort River. 


Not only is this land essential to drinking water protection, wildlife diversity, and recreation, it's also at the heart of the scenic landscape that defines our Valley...


Learn more about it here.



Laurie Sanders

Explore the Wilds of Sawmill Hills with Laurie Sanders

The Sawmill Hills form one of the largest roadless blocks in Northampton, which makes it a critical area for wildlife habitat. Join us on Saturday, July 9 from 10 am - noon to explore the latest addition that the City of Northampton has permanently conserved, with assistance from Kestrel. This beautiful area hosts rocky, oak-dominated uplands, vernal pools, a ... more


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Now Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps Service!

Want to jumpstart your career? The MassLIFT AmeriCorps program offers aspiring conservation professionals the opportunity to gain valuable skills, build a professional network, and experience working in a nonprofit environment as a full-time volunteer for one year.

For the 2016-2017 service year, Kestrel will be hosting 4 AmeriCorps members: Land Stewardship Coordinator, Regional Conservation Coordinator, Youth Education Coordinator, and Community Engagement Coordinator.

More details and application instructions here!