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.

Your Home in the Valley

For more than 40 years, the love of the Valley from people like you has given us the inspiration and ability to protect the special places you care about. In our latest publication, "Highlights from the Valley: July 2013 - December 2014," you'll see how valuable your support has been and will continue to be for future generations. Read stories about how the land provides an escape for some, builds a community for others, and creates a classroom of limitless possibilities, among many more stories from the Valley.


Plus, in this online version, you'll find links to additional stories, details about places to hike and things to do, fun photos, a list of our generous supporters, and much more! 

Hampshire College Conserves Land on Range


Watch the Faces of Forever Farmland Videos: 5 Farmers Tell Their Stories

L. B. Tettenborn

Walk & Talk: Butterflies & Dragonflies

Butterflies, dragonflies, and damsel flies are beautiful and fascinating inhabitants of the Valley. Come learn about where they live and how they make a living. Saturday, August 1, from 10 am to 12 pm, join naturalist Josh Rose in the a picturesque conservation area in Belchertown to meet the resident Lepidoptera (the fancy name for butterflies and moths) and Odonata (the dragonfly order). A ... more


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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.