Conserve the Valley You Love!

KESTREL LAND TRUST

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The Connecticut River and the Mount Holyoke Range are at the heart of Kestrel's 19-town region. Photo by Rene Theberge.

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Kestrel is leading the Forever Farmland initiative to work collaboratively to protect farms. Photo by Rene Theberge

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Picnicking at Mount Pollux Conservation Area in Amherst, one of Kestrel's first projects.

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The Paul C. Jones Working Forest permanently conserves 3,486 acres - the largest CR in Massachusetts. (photo S. Lennard)

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Kestrel holds monthly field trips for the public. Here we explore a vernal pool at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area.

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Kestrel partners with the City of Northampton and the town of Westhampton to expand the Mineral Hills Conservation Area.

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Protected land at Teawaddle Hill Farm in Leverett. (photo: S Lennard)

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Kestrel celebrates with the Town of Amherst at its 250th anniversary parade.

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The brand new Ben and Virginia Ricci Conservation Area on Bay Road in Amherst - dedicated in September 2013.

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There's always something new to see from the top of Mount Holyoke.

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Smith College donated a conservation restriction on 190 acres surrounding the MacLeish Field Station in West Whately.

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Kestrel protects land along the Amethyst Brook, which connects Pelham and Amherst.

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Kestrel's Stewardship Manager teaches volunteers how to monitor conservation lands. Photo by Rene Theberge.

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South Amherst neighbors worked with Kestrel this year to protect this land on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Photo: Tom Webb

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Each spring break, Kestrel holds a nature photography workshop with children and their parents.

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Kestrel's annual 5K for Farmland raises funds to protect agricultural land in the Valley. Photo by John Body.

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500 runners of all ages gathered at Hadley's West Street Common in October to run the 5K. Photo by Rene Theberge.

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Permanently protected farmland is the foundation of a sustainable regional food system.

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The Northampton Chamber of Commerce and many local businesses promoted Earth Day with Kestrel lawn signs in 2013.

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Kestrel volunteers learn how to track wildlife.

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Kestrel is working to protect 1,000 acres on the Mount Holyoke Range in 2014. Photo by Clem Clay.

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Protect farmland to ensure access to local food.

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Donate to conserve farmland.

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Donate to conserve woodlands. Photo by David Schumacher.

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Donate to conserve waterways. Photo by David Schumacher.

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Donate to create recreational opportunities.

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Thank you for your support of land conservation in the Valley!

Conserve the Valley You Love! Join Kestrel Land Trust to protect forests and farmland in the greater Amherst-Northampton region.

For more than forty years, Kestrel Land Trust has been conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley. With our municipal and state partners and through the financial support of residents like you, we have protected more than 19,000 acres of wildlands, woodlands, farmland, and riverlands.

In 2014, Kestrel Land Trust's top priority is an ambitious effort to protect 1,000 acres on the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges. You can help!

As the Valley's largest block of protected land, the two Ranges contain unique wildlife habitats and more than 30 miles of recreational trails.

For decades, Kestrel has been working with landowners, municipalities, and the state to conserve these mountains. As a result, nearly 10,000 acres of this 16,000-acre natural area have been conserved, including 7,340 acres of state parkland. However, the Ranges remain under threat of development: 6,000 acres on these mountains are still at risk.

You can help Kestrel conserve this land on the Range, as well as other special places: for wildlife, for people, for local food, for drinking water, for beauty. The Valley we share today is the legacy we will leave for future generations.

Conserve the Valley You Love by making a contribution to help protect it. With every dollar you give to Kestrel, we leverage at least 10 times its value in public funding to buy and protect land.

Thank you for your support for local land conservation!


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KESTREL LAND TRUST
P.O. Box 1016
Amherst, MA 01004

Phone
(413) 549-1097

Email
monica@kestreltrust.org

Mission
Conserve the Valley You Love! Join Kestrel Land Trust to protect forests and farmland in the greater Amherst-Northampton region.

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