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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.

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Michael Kamins, New Mexico (formerly Amherst)

I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a kid living on North East Street in the early 1960’s. Then, sleepy…

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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