Name and Address of Contact Person:
The Kestrel Trust
P O Box 1016
Amherst, MA 01004-1016
Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director
Timeframe for Fiscal Year:
January 1 -- December 31
Description of Organization:
The Kestrel Trust assists landowners in their efforts to protect private land by arranging for the
placement of conservation restrictions on private property to conserve it in perpetuity. Congress
recently passed a law to enhance the tax benefits of protecting private land by donating or arranging
for the bargain sale of a voluntary conservation agreement.
The Kestrel Trust promotes the sale and acquisition of conservation real estate. This involves working
with conservation-minded buyers and sellers to find the right match. In addition, the fate of lesser-
known lands often lies in the hands of small groups of neighbors who know and care about their
collective backyards. Kestrel Trust may agree to act as the non-profit fiscal sponsor and advisor to
ad-hoc community groups who wish to independently raise funds to finance the conservation and
stewardship of special natural areas.
The Trust is led by an active board of conservation professionals and a small staff and has more than
1,000 active supporters By working with landowners, town conservation commissions, state agencies
and other land trusts for forty years, Kestrel has conserved 5,000 acres of farms, forests and riverside
frontage in the region.
Mission of Organization:
Founded in 1970, The Kestrel Trust is a regional land trust serving the Pioneer Valley of western
Massachusetts. It is dedicated to the conservation of forests, fields, farms and rivers from the Mount
Holyoke Range to Mount Toby and from the Connecticut River to the Quabbin Reservoir.
Kestrel serves nine towns, including Amherst, Belchertown, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham,
Shutesbury, South Hadley, and Sunderland.
Its annual budget for 2009 was $60,000. In 2008-2009, Kestrel raised or leveraged about $4.4 million
to protect 614 acres of land.