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

UPDATE: South Maple St. Land in Hadley

The “For Sale” signs have come down from the land at the corner of South Maple Street and Moody Bridge Road in Hadley. While this is good news, the fate of these 31 acres is still unclear, as Eversource has not shared its plans for this land. Many thanks to all of you for your support of this effort.


We agree that this beautiful land—part of a mosaic of farmlands, grasslands, and riverlands between the Mount Holyoke Range and the Fort River—should be conserved to preserve clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities.


Folks from all over the Valley have let us know how much they care about this scenic land and have contributed to help Kestrel respond rapidly when opportunities arise to protect special places, like this one, in perpetuity. 


We will keep working toward the goal of permanently conserving this land and will update you as progress is made. 


What You Can Do: 

Read our recent appeal.




John Body

Hawk Migration Watch & Talk

Join U.S. Forest Service Biologist Dave King to learn about the migration of hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures and other birds from the spectacular viewpoint of on the Mt. Holyoke Range. On Sunday, September 18 from 11 am - 1 pm, bring your best binoculars and your eagle-eyes to spot the soaring raptors. Learn about hawk and raptor behavior, life cycles, ... more


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Save Farms, Eat Food, Have Fun!

Announcing our 8th Annual 5K for Farmland & Farmers' Market Festival on Sunday, October 16, 2016! 


* Scenic 5K Run or 2-Mile Walk
* Local farm products & crafts
* Great live music
* Local beer by Valley Malt
* Live Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi
* Prize drawing for all participants


Learn more and register now!

Want to do more? Collect pledges to help conserve the farms and lands you love! Register online and get started today!