Arcadia’s Fund for Land Protection

Protecting the Nature of the Pioneer Valley for People and Wildlife

 
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Arcadia began in 1944 with one gift of land given by the Chafee family, and has grown steadily into a natural oasis in the developing valley. From its start at less than 200 acres to more than 700 acres today, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary’s expansion has been made possible because of community support and individual gifts.

Arcadia sunrise © Chris Lizotte
© Chris Lizotte

Why is land conservation at Arcadia a priority? The expanded protection provides:

  • Habitat for rare or vulnerable wildlife such as mussels, dragonflies, and salamanders.
  • Nesting sites for bobolinks, herons, eagles, and many more migratory and year-round birds.
  • Protection of wildlife corridors so that bobcat, bear, and fox, for example, can move to and through Arcadia and beyond.
  • River and forest trails for walking amidst spring wildflowers, appreciating fall foliage, snow shoeing in winter, and birding all year round. 
Chestnut-sided warbler © Phil Doyle
Chestnut-sided warbler © Phil Doyle

Along with the immediate benefits of habitat and recreation, protected land creates a landscape more resilient to our changing climate. These undeveloped forests and wetlands keep carbon locked in the ecosystem instead of escaping into the atmosphere.

Working with land conservation specialists, we have created a long-term plan for expanding land holdings adjacent to Arcadia. As the opportunity to protect land often requires quick action, we have to be ready to work with individuals, land trusts, cities, and towns to respond when parcels become available. Arcadia’s Fund for Land Protection prepares us to do just that.

A gift to the Fund for Land Protection will go directly to protecting land around Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bobcat © Stephen Zach
Bobcat © Stephen Zach

Gifts will be used towards purchasing new land, purchasing conservation restrictions on land, and the costs associated with these important acquisitions.

How You Can Help

Join us in protecting the nature of the Pioneer Valley for people and wildlife with a gift to the Fund for Land Protection.

Ways to Give

Donate Online

  • By Phone: 413-584-3009
  • By Mail: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA 01027

Questions or More Information

Contact Sanctuary Director Jonah Keane at 413-584-3009 or by email.