Conserve the Valley you love! Join Kestrel Land Trust to protect forests and farmland in Amherst, Northampton, and surrounding Valley towns.
What do you love most about the Valley?
The beauty of our farms, meadows, woodlands, and wetlands?
The Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges?
The Connecticut River and the abundance of local brooks and streams?
Quiet, peaceful places to walk, bike, ski, and explore?
Kestrel Land Trust is protecting the Valley you love, ensuring that land is conserved for the benefit of all who live here now and in the future.
Since 1970, Kestrel Land Trust has collaborated with communities to conserve more than 20,000 acres of our natural heritage - forests for wildlife habitat, drinking water, and hiking trails, as well as farms that provide the local food that sustains you.
Here are some of Kestrel’s land conservation projects that Valley Gives supporters helped make possible in 2014:
Mount Holyoke Range: Conservation of 1,000 acres on the Range to expand the state park for wildlife as well as hiking.
Saw Mill Hills, Mineral Hills, and Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton: The expansion and stewardship of these popular natural areas, in partnership with the City of Northampton.
Barstow's Longview Farm, Hadley: Preservation of a 200-year-old dairy farm at the western end of the Range.
Jabish Brook Conservation Area, Belchertown: The addition of 90 acres to this forested area that large mammals rely on to travel from the Range to the protected lands surrounding the Quabbin.
Fort River Farm, Amherst: Protection of 20 acres of prime farmland and wildlife habitat for community gardening, elementary school projects, and start-up opportunities for new farmers.
Alexandra Dawson Conservation Area, Hadley: An oasis for birds, frogs, and turtles on 38 acres of wetlands that honor the memory of one of the Valley’s foremost conservationists.
Terry Blunt Conservation Area, Hatfield: 32 acres of upland forest added to the conservation area on Chestnut Mountain to protect local drinking water and expand hiking trails.
Every land project we undertake is backed by you and others whose support ensures Kestrel’s skilled leadership for Valley conservation.
Conserve the Valley you love by donating today. Your gift will be matched by Kestrel’s board of trustees and advisory council up to $20,000, and will also leverage at least 10 times its value in public grants to buy and protect land.
Thank you for conserving the Valley you love!
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