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.

Easthampton: Help Save Land for Drinking Water

Are you an Easthampton resident? This fall, the City will vote on whether to protect 25 acres of forest and farmland that are critical to the long-term health of your community’s public drinking water supply.
The gently rolling land between Cook and County Roads in neighboring Southampton sits above the recharge area of the Barnes Aquifer—the sole source of Easthampton’s public drinking water, which was once recognized as the best in the Nation. If not protected the land will soon be developed into 14 new houses, imperiling the aquifer and closing off access to a prime wildlife corridor and a potential new community park.
Your voice will be critical in convincing Easthampton’s leaders to purchase a conservation restriction (CR) on the land using the City’s available Community Preservation Act funds. Southampton residents—who receive supplemental water from the same source in Easthampton--have already agreed to seek a partnership with the City and the Commonwealth to protect the land, and voted unanimously to commit their own CPA funds at town meeting.
So make yourself heard! Contact Kestrel Land Trust and we’ll let you know the best ways and forums for supporting your community’s clean drinking water, and the land on which it depends. 

 

Courtesy Rattlesnake Gutter Trust

Walk & Talk: Ancient Stories in Stone

On November 12 from 1pm – 3 pm, join geologist Michael Williams to explore the fascinating, ancient stories that geology can tell us about the land we see today. 

Massachusetts has been called the "three-continent state" because it was formed by large pieces of at least three of today’s continents. One of the major boundaries occurs in Leverett, between an ... 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!