A History of Passion for the Land
The Kestrel Trust is founded in Amherst, MA by local conservation leaders. The all-volunteer land trust supports the town of Amherst, helping to conserve special places for the community.
Kestrel Trust helps create two iconic conservation areas in Amherst: Puffer’s Pond and Mount Pollux. The Trust also expands to serve eight adjacent towns—Belchertown, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley and Sunderland—to keep up with increasing development threats and to recognize the interconnections between forests and waterways across town borders.
Kestrel sponsors the first 5K for Farmland in partnership with the Town of Hadley to commemorate the town’s 350th anniversary and strong commitment to farmland conservation.
Kestrel cosponsors Focusing on the Range with WGBY to display 500 photographs of the Mount Holyoke Range from amateurs and professionals.
Kestrel completes a project to protect approximately 1,000 acres on the Mount Holyoke & Mount Tom Ranges in partnership with DCR, with the help of an extraordinary anonymous donation of $350,000, which leveraged an additional $2,700,000 in state grants and private donations.