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. Kestrel Land Trust is pleased that Eversource has decided to remove this 31-acre parcel from the market.


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


Many people have told us 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 are grateful for the outpouring of support and we will continue to pursue the goal of conserving this land.


We will post updates here as more information becomes available.



What You Can Do: 

Read our recent appeal.




Community Farm Tour: The Future of Food

In the Valley, we’re fortunate to have excellent farmlands and a strong agricultural economy. But farming is still a challenging endeavor, and the land itself can be expensive and hard to come by. The non-profit “community farm” model is an innovative approach to this challenge.

On July 30 from 10 am - noon, join Kestrel and the North Amherst Community ... 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!