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Outings and Events

Kestrel holds monthly outings to help you explore the Valley. These are open to the public: Just sign up so we know you’re coming! (Free or pay what you wish to help support our programs.) We also hold workshops for landowners and other events as well.

Please Note: RSVPs for weekend outings MUST be received before 5 pm on the Friday prior to the outing. Thank you!


New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change

THIS EVENT IS NOW FILLED: You may email to be placed on a waitlist.

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7 pm join Kestrel and Amherst College for a fascinating evening with Harvard University faculty member David R. Foster to talk about New England conservation in an era of global change. A reception hosted by Amherst College begins at 6 pm at the Beneski Museum of Natural History.

“Today, and in coming decades New England is faced by two major environmental challenges—climate change and the destruction of our forests and farms by human activities.  Fortunately, the local solution to both is the same—land conservation that keeps nature intact and allows forests and farms to generate local products, coupled with strategic and environmentally sound development.”  --David Foster

David is an ecologist and author of “Thoreau’s Country – Journey through a Transformed Landscape” (1999), “Forests in Time - The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England” (2004), and “Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge” (2014). David is also a co-author of “Wildlands and Woodlands – A Vision for the New England Landscape,” which lays out an ambitious plan for the protection and conservation of forest and farmland across the region. 

His recently released book “A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard” (2017) explores the ecological dynamics, conservation history, and future prospects for one of New England’s iconic and most threatened landscapes.

David is the director of the Harvard Forest, a 4,000-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in Petersham and a faculty member in ecology at Harvard University. He leads the Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which involves more than 100 scientists and students from across the nation investigating the dynamics of the New England landscape as a consequence of climate change, human activity, and natural disturbance. 

He serves on the boards of The Trustees of Reservations and Highstead Foundation, and lives in Shutesbury, Massachusetts with his wife Marianne Jorgensen.

This event is NOW FULL

Your Land, Your Legacy Workshop

Join us for an introduction to estate planning and land protection, Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from 10 AM to 12 PM

Since you care about your land, come and learn how to protect it into the future!

You are invited to attend this free landowner workshop that will provide some basic guidance, information and inspiration on options available to you to manage and care for your land today, and in the future.

This program will be led by Mark Wamsley of Kestrel Land Trust, Fletcher Clark of Department of Conservation and Recreation Service Forester, Lisa Hayden of New England Forestry Foundation, and Attorney Elizabeth L. Wroblicka of Etheredge and Steuer, P.C.

Light refreshments will be provided!

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