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.

David Schumacher

Climate Crisis: Be Part of the Solution

Your gift to Kestrel today is a powerful way to help address our planet's climate crisis.


Worldwide, deforestation is responsible for 10% of carbon emissions each year -- almost as much as the world's vehicles.


Permanently protecting forests prevents the release of carbon stored in their trees. Since living trees sequester carbon, they also help reduce the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.


We need more local forests to be protected, forever.


Your gift to Kestrel today will help protect thousands of acres of forest -- from Shutesbury and Pelham to Westhampton and Williamsburg -- preserving wooded places for recreation and wildlife habitat AND capturing carbon: a key strategy for slowing climate change.


Read more here about how Kestrel is advancing key forest conservation projects in the Valley.



Patrick Zephyr

Holiday Open House

Join us to celebrate the season and all that we have accomplished together this year! As the winter solstice approaches, we invite you to come enjoy food, drink, and good company! Please join us on December 9, from 5 - 8 pm, at the Kestrel Land Trust office to celebrate our progress and connect with friends new and ... more


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Welcome New MassLIFT Members

Last month, the Kestrel office got much busier as we welcomed four new MassLIFT service members to the Kestrel team. Lee Halasz, our Regional Conservation Coordinator, is reaching out to support local farmers; our Youth Education Coordinator, Madlyn MacKillop is getting high school students outdoors; Charlotte Malmborg, our Land Stewardship Coordinator, is training stewardship volunteers; and Katharine Winkler, our Community Engagement Coordinator, is planning great programs to get you inspired by nature.


The staff and Board are thrilled to have them all here for the 2016-2017 service year. Stay tuned to hear more about the great work they're helping to make possible on the land and in the community.