Conserving Land Close to Home
Smith College’s MacLeish Field Station, West Whately
Kestrel Land Trust partnered with Smith College to ensure the permanent protection of nearly 200 acres of hilltop forest at the college’s MacLeish Field Station in West Whately. While used primarily for educational purposes, the 190-acres protected by the Conservation Restriction are part of a critical contiguous forest block that provides important wildlife habitat.
Kestrel’s Executive Director, Kristin DeBoer, explains that this is the beginning of new a long-term partnership--one that will ensure the stewardship of a special place for wildlife habitat, and will "encourage ecologically responsible education and research, and promote sustainable forestry and agriculture. It is a legacy Smith should be proud of.”
Meads Corner Conservation Area, Belchertown
Kestrel partnered with the town of Belchertown to create the Meads Corner Conservation Area: 100 acres of valuable forestland. Protecting this land conserves important natural resources for the community and for wildlife. Read more about it here.
Moody Bridge Road, Hadley
32 acres of prime grassland habitat on Moody Bridge Road in Hadley is now preserved, as Kestrel transferred the land to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as part of the Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge, ensuring that it will remain permanently protected. Read the press release to learn more.
Teawaddle Hill Farm, Leverett
This beautiful 147-acre farm and new public trail system is now protected forever. Learn more about the Teawaddle Hill Farm to see why so many people donated to help preserve it.
Mineral Hills Conservation Area, Northampton and Westhampton
Kestrel helped expand the Mineral Hills Conservation Area by adding 121 acres of forestland and extending the network of trails!
Ingate Farm, 337 Acres Conserved on the Mount Holyoke Range
Kestrel and its partners—The Trust for Public Land, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Mass Audubon—permanently conserved 337 acres of diverse wildlife habitat on the former Ingate Farm in Belchertown and Granby. forests, wooded swamps, and marshes – and links together nearly 4,000 acres of existing conservation land.
And for more information on the Brushy Mountain project, download the following documents:
Places We Protect