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Celebrate the Earth: Give Back to the Land!

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Forests. Farms. Parks. Rivers. We need healthy, resilient lands and waters—and they need us.Make a Gift Button

April is Earth Month, and this April 16th marks the 5th annual Give Back to the Land Day, an online fundraising event in Western and Central Massachusetts that provides our communities a powerful opportunity to support land and water conservation—together.

Created in 2020 by Kestrel, Franklin Land Trust (FLT), Hilltown Land Trust (HLT), and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, this year Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) joins Give Back to the Land Day to highlight how our land and water resources are interconnected.

Our region boasts an abundance of farms, forests, trails, and waterways that provide clean air and water, fresh local food, places to get outdoors, and critical habitat for wildlife. Give Back to the Land Day is a call to action for community members like you to support the protection and health of our region’s vital lands and waters.

Collectively, Kestrel, FLT, HLT, and Mount Grace have conserved more than 104,000 acres of land, which supports the health of all who live, work, and play in this region. The Connecticut River Conservancy restores and advocates for clean water, healthy habitats, and resilient communities to support a diverse and thriving watershed. Our region’s lands and waters benefit people across the state and beyond, who rely on the healthy food produced by local farms and the clean water of our watersheds.

Right now, your gift can help Kestrel Land Trust with its 1,000-acre Mountain Waters conservation effort in Southampton and adjacent towns. The project—named for Pomeroy Mountain, as well as the waters that flow through its surrounding forests, feeding the Manhan and Connecticut Rivers—will conserve the Glendale Ridge Vineyard, Pomeroy Mountain, and hundreds of acres of forests.

Over the past four years, our communities have helped Give Back to the Land Day generate nearly $300,000 for land conservation across the region. On April 16th, we invite you to join together with others who love the Valley’s lands and waters to support Kestrel and our regional land and water conservation partners’ vital work to conserve land and water.

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Celebrate the Earth by making a gift to Kestrel before midnight on April 16th, and your gift will be doubled, thanks to a $15,000 matching gift from our Board of Directors!

Learn more at givebacktotheland.org.

 

NEW! VOLUNTEER FOR THE EARTH CLEANUP CHALLENGE

New this year, you can help in another way: take part in the Volunteer for the Earth Cleanup Challenge leading up to Give Back to the Land Day. Participants can set up their own volunteer effort to help clean up trash from local streets, trails, and parks, and share their collective achievements with the Give Back the Land community. Learn more here!

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