Kestrel Land Trust

Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.

Founded in 1970 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Kestrel was an effective all-volunteer land trust for the first half of its history. In the 1990s the Trust became more proactive by expanding its capacity to serve a nine-town region. In 2011, The Kestrel Trust merged with the Valley Land Fund to serve a 19-town region surrounding Northampton and Amherst, and set out to become a professionally staffed regional land trust serving the heart of the Valley. Through its merger, Kestrel has a combined 65 years of land conservation experience and has conserved more than 19,000 acres of wildlands, woodlands, farmland, and riverlands. Today, Kestrel is accelerating its pace of land conservation with our goal of protecting 1,000 acres annually, in addition to building an accredited stewardship program that actively engages the community.

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Contact Kestrel Land Trust

Kristin DeBoer
Executive Director
233 North Pleasant Street
PO Box 1016
Amherst, Massachusetts  01004
Phone: (413) 549-1097


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Hampshire County, Massachusetts

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