Conserve the Valley You Love
19 Towns. One Valley.
Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.
Help Complete the South East Street Rail Trail Project in Amherst!
Threat: For decades, this parcel of land, known as the Old Rock Farm, was the site of intensive condominium development plans. A foreclosure by Greenfield Savings Bank in January 2013, however, has created a unique opportunity to purchase the parcel for conservation.
Recreation and views: Conservation of this land will help complete the greenway along the Norwottuck Rail Trail in South Amherst. This parcel affords a beautiful wide-open view of the Mount Holyoke Range and the Pelham Hills.
Wildlife: This land has long been recognized as a great spot to observe many species of birds, including bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, and Baltimore orioles. The field hosts milkweed plants, which are essential to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, and the land borders a certified vernal pool providing habitat for wood frogs, painted turtles, and spotted turtles.
How you can help: To inspire neighbors and others to help conserve this land, an anonymous donor has generously contributed a challenge gift of $25,000. As of June 5, $6,500 in private contributions is still needed to make this purchase possible. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today! Click on the button below and select "South East Street Rail Trail" from the Program Designation menu.
July Outing with the Dinosaurs
On Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., please join us to explore the fascinating geology of the Valley’s mountains with geologist Richard Little. We will take a hike on Little Tom Mountain as well as the nearby Dinosaur Footprints Reservation in Holyoke owned by the Trustees of Reservations. This outing will take us ... more
AmeriCorps Positions Open at Kestrel
Kestrel Land Trust is pleased to announce that for the fourth year, we will be hosting two full-time AmeriCorps MassLIFT service members to increase our capacity to conserve the Valley you love. The new service term runs from September 16, 2013 through August 15, 2014. The MassLIFT program is now accepting applications for these positions at Kestrel and at 12 other land conservation organizations throughout Massachusetts. For all the details, click here.
(Please note: Kestrel Land Trust cannot accept applications: All materials must go to the AmeriCorps MassLift program. Please read and follow the application instructions carefully.)