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Valley Visionaries

Over the years, many generous individuals who loved the land in the Pioneer Valley have given visionary gifts that made possible Kestrel’s work to conserve and care for our forests, farms, and riverways. We are grateful to them and honored to share their stories here.

You can help ensure a legacy of land conservation in the Valley by including Kestrel in your estate plans today. 

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Whitney Forest In Shutesbury

A Family’s Generosity Creates a Legacy for a Shutesbury Forest

Lester Frank Whitney, born in 1928, grew up on a family farm in Hampden, Maine. After studying agricultural engineering at…

Misty Morning Over Mt Pollux_J Malcolm Brown

The Healing Power of the Land

This is a true story recently shared with us by one of our members who was inspired to make Promise…

Life-Long Love of the Land

An avid hiker with a passion for travel, Belchertown resident Helga Ragle cared deeply about the Pioneer Valley where she…

For the Love of History

In 1977, Peggy and Peter Hepler purchased a historic 40-acre farm in the wooded town of Pelham. As the decades…

Sisters Give the Gift of Home—on the Land

Rebecca and Carolyn Greenberg spent hot summer days as children wading in the brook that meandered through their family’s land…

For the Mountain She Loved

Katherine “Kay” Burnett always had a keen sense of where she wanted to go. Few things could stop her; a…

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