photo credit: Kristin DeBoer

Conservation is Collaboration

Kestrel Land Trust has strong working relationships with the full range of governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations which support conservation in our region. These collaborations are critical to the conservation of our Valley’s natural areas. Click on the links below to learn about some of these groups.



Land Trusts: Kestrel partners with these local, regional and national land trusts.

Broad Brook Coalition
Franklin Land Trust
Rattlesnake Gutter Trust
Mount Grace Land Trust
Trustees of Reservations
Open Space Institute
American Farmland Trust
Trust for Public Land
The Nature Conservancy 
The Conservation Fund
Hilltown Land Trust 

Resources for Landowners & Land Seekers: Learn about how to protect your land or how to find land to farm.

Deciding the Future of Your Land, Mass Woods

Farm Transfer Network

Land For Good

Conservation Works, Inc.

New Entry Sustainable Farm Project

New England Small Farm Intitute


Cooperative Alliances: Kestrel is a participating member of these partnership groups.

The Forever Farmland Initiative: Coordinated by Kestrel Land Trust, this is a collaborative effort to accelerate the pace of farmland conservation in the Pioneer Valley through strategic planning, raising public awareness, and leveraging state and federal funding for farmland conservation. 

Land Trust Alliance
Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
North Quabbin Regional Partnership
Wildlands and Woodlands Project
Staying Connected

Public partners:
Town Conservation Commissions:
South Hadley
Westhampton (Open Space Committee)

State and Federal Agencies:
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Department of Agricultural Resources
Department of Fish and Game
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
US Fish and Wildlife Service

Take Action: Kestrel’s primary focus is to save land by buying it (or the development rights). But there are additional ways to make a difference in the Valley and beyond. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, register your opinion on environmental legislation, buy locally grown food, or teach your kids about wetlands. Here are a few local links to inspire you:
NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Asociation)
CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture)
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
BEAT (Berkshire Environmental Action Team)
Rushing Rivers Institute
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Environmental League of Massachusetts
PV Local First
Climate Wizard

Hadley’s Heritage: How do you picture it?

World Monuments Fund: Cultural Landscape of Hadley 

Transition Amherst

Keeping Track: Wildlife Conservation Education & Tracking 

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