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.


Love for the Land Saves the Family Farm

An iconic riverfront farm worked by 7 generations of the Barstow clan is being preserved for many more. Brothers David and Steven Barstow are finalizing the conservation of 123 acres of their dairy farm in the historic Hockanum area in Hadley, nestled between the Mt. Holyoke Range and the Connecticut River. Their willingness to look to the future and be good stewards of the land has sustained the family operation through hard times and now they are becoming a model of innovation. Read more about how the funding they receive for selling their development rights will bring robots to the farm!  


Read more about this dedicated family in our latest newsletter. 


You can also help save this farm! Your donation will ensure that Barstow's Longview Farm will be Forever Farmland. 


Watch the Faces of Forever Farmland Videos: 5 Farmers Tell Their Stories


Help Meet Lake Warner Dam Fundraising Challenge

Marvin Moriarty

April Outing: Exploring Vernal Pools

It may be hard to believe but spring is really coming! Even with some ice left, frogs and salmanders are making their way to the vernals pools. On Saturday, April 11, from 1 pm to 3 pm, we’re pleased to again have educator Brandon Abbott show us the mysteries of the vernal pool in Northampton. A great family event, Brandon ... more


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Volunteer on the Land!

Monitoring Conserved Lands Training 

April 11th (Pelham) or 

April 18th (Easthampton)

9:30 am-12:30 pm

 From this half-day training you will come away with skills to effectively navigate and monitor conserved land for Kestrel Land Trust. Designed for new and returning Volunteer Property Monitors, this workshop will introduce techniques for monitoring properties protected by fee or conservation restriction. It will include a summary of your duties, why and what we monitor, how to fill out a monitoring form, lessons in navigation using maps, compass, and GPS, and some practice in the field. (Learn more about Volunteer Property Monitor duties.)

To register for one of these FREE trainings, contact or call (413) 549-1097.