Conserve the Valley You Love

19 Towns. One Valley.

One Mission.

Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.

Clem Clay

Another 336 Acres Protected on the Range

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), Kestrel has taken another step toward our ambitious goal of protecting the Mount Holyoke Range with the permanent conservation of 336 acres of forestland and wetlands. 243 acres across eleven parcels are now conserved in Granby and Hadley as additions to the Mount Holyoke Range State Park. Two other parcels in Granby and Belchertown totaling 93 acres will be owned by Kestrel with a Conservation Restriction held by DFG. 


Read more about this effort here


Kestrel Land Trust Office Has Moved

L. B. Tettenborn

August Outing: Lepidoptera & Odonata

Dragonflies, damsel flies, and butterflies are beautiful and amazing insects, and you have a second chance to come learn about their habitat and their habits. Saturday, August 2, from 10 am to 12 pm, join naturalist Josh Rose in the meadowlands of Hadley to meet the resident Lepidoptera (the fancy name for butterflies and moths) and Odonata (the dragonfly order). A great outing for children ... more


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Laura Tisley

A Message from the Executive Director

For all of us who live in the Valley, the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges are essential features of this landscape that we call home. Whether you like to hike up these mountains to enjoy breathtaking views of the Valley, or simply appreciate catching a glimpse of their familiar contours as you cross the Connecticut River, the Ranges are part of our daily existence and our sense of place.


But did you know that fewer than 10,000 of the 16,000 acres on the Ranges have been conserved? Kestrel is determined to protect the land that is still at risk of development, and we need your help!


Please read about our ambitious plan to conserve 1,000 acres on the Ranges this year, then make a gift to help ensure that this iconic landscape is protected for future generations to enjoy.


Thank you,

Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director

Learn More About How You Can Help!