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.

David Schumacher

Kestrel Receives $1.5 Million State Grant for Ambitious Holyoke Range Project

Kestrel Land Trust is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $1,500,000 Landscape Partnership grant from the Commonwealth for our ambitious Mount Holyoke Range Protection Project. We aim to protect 1,191-acres throughout the unique Mount Holyoke Range, including portions of the New England Scenic Trail, as well as prime farmland along the Connecticut River. Conserving these lands will protect critical wildlife habitats and a landscape that has been identified by The Nature Conservancy as especially resilient for climate change adaptation.


This funding combined with the recent generous donation of $350,000 will allow Kestrel to partner with the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources, the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, and the towns of Amherst, Belchertown, Granby, Hadley, and South Hadley to begin conserving the remaining unprotected lands on the Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom Ranges.

Read the press release from the Patrick Administration here. 

Anonymous Donor Gives $350K to Help Protect the Range

John Body

May Outing: Our Migratory Birds

As spring comes back, so do the birds! On Saturday, May 10, come out to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at one of two different outings. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., take an easy walk in the grasslands of the Conte Wildlife Refuge in Hadley with our resident bird expert Dave King. Or, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., explore the ... more


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Fundraising Begins to Repair Lake Warner Dam

Kestrel works to preserve the special places that are valued by our communities. Lake Warner, also known as North Hadley Pond, is one of these places. This historic millpond created by a dam has provided wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for 350 years.

In 2012, the MA Office of Dam Safety ordered that the aging dam be repaired or removed. Kestrel has explored the costs and benefits of both repair and removal. After discussions with town residents, the community’s preferred solution is to restore the dam to maintain the lake. Kestrel is now working with the Friends of Lake Warner & the Mill River, a local volunteer group, to raise the funding needed for dam repair.

A request for $100,000 in CPA funds will be up for a vote at Hadley’s May Town Meeting. If you are Hadley resident, please vote YES on May 1st.

Read more about this effort here.