Conserve the Valley You Love
19 Towns. One Valley.
Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.
Kestrel Receives $1.5 Million State Grant for Ambitious Holyoke Range Project
Kestrel Land Trust is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $1,500,000 Landscape Partnership grant from the Commonwealth for our ambitious Mount Holyoke Range Protection Project. We aim to protect 1,191-acres throughout the unique Mount Holyoke Range, including portions of the New England Scenic Trail, as well as prime farmland along the Connecticut River. Conserving these lands will protect critical wildlife habitats and a landscape that has been identified by The Nature Conservancy as especially resilient for climate change adaptation.
This funding combined with the recent generous donation of $350,000 will allow Kestrel to partner with the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources, the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, and the towns of Amherst, Belchertown, Granby, Hadley, and South Hadley to begin conserving the remaining unprotected lands on the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges.
Two March Outings: Meet the Trees
Trees surround us and support us in so many important ways. Though they’re rooted in one place, they are complex, fascinating, and beautiful living things. Join Kestrel on Saturday, March 1 or on Saturday, March 8 from 1 pm to 3 pm to learn about New England’s trees and how to identify them without their leaves. The March 1 outing will ... more
Kestrel Awarded National Accreditation
We are proud to share the news that Kestrel Land Trust has earned accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program established by the national Land Trust Alliance (LTA). The LTA seal of accreditation indicated that our land trust meets national standards for excellence, upholds public trust, and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent.
Building on more than 40 years of conservation experience, the rigorous accreditation process has strengthened our organization by making our operations more efficient and our land conservation work more strategic. Kestrel joins 237 other U.S. land trusts that have earned LTA accreditation since the program began in 2008. For more details about this important milestone, click on the yellow bar below.