Our Mission


AVIS is a non-profit land trust dedicated to a) acquiring land and preserving it in its natural state, and b) encouraging public use and quiet enjoyment of the reservations. Founded in 1894, AVIS is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country.

Join AVIS in preserving open spaces, woodlands, and wetlands in Andover, Massachusetts, USA. Explore membership and volunteer activities with AVIS.


Celebration of New Reservation

AVIS (The Andover Village Improvement Society) and the Town of Andover Conservation Commission invite the public to a celebration for three recently acquired parcels of land off River Road in Andover along the Merrimack River. This Family Friendly afternoon will include a scavenger hunt and nature talk. Instruction for kids about soils and planting seeds will be provided by rootscompost.com (bring old egg cartons). One AVIS parcel (26.6 acres) was purchased from Melmark New England. The Town parcel (7 acres) was donated by Pulte Homes as required by a condition from the Town on their permit to build an over-55 housing complex on an adjacent site. Both these parcels were part of the former St. Francis Seminary which closed in 1977. These two parcels are being added to land donated by the Behrakis family in 2016 and an existing AVIS Reservation.

All are invited for a fun day by the River, on Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm, meet at 461 River Road. The schedule for the day will be as shown on the events page. For more information on this event contact John Hess, (978) 470-0806.


AVIS Annual Meeting Rusty Russell, Executive Director of the Merrimack River Watershed Council, spoke. Mr. Russell recounted the river's major triumphs over the past four decades citing the extensive improvement in water quality (MRWC was founded in 1976, the year Jimmy Carter became president). He also highlighted some of the major threats the river continues to face, some of which are likely to intensify in the coming decades with cuts in financing for programs. He pointed to two important risks the river faces, combined sewer overflow and extensive pollution from storm water runoff. Mr. Russell concluded by saying that the MRWC will begin a water quality testing program once the funding is identified. A copy of the slides he used are attached.


Turtle Mound Archaeological Site

Information about a future reservation near Haggetts Pond


Andover's Backyard

AVIS was recently featured in a Boomer Being TV show titled Andover's Backyard. It is hosted by Leslie Noymer. "Boomer Being" is a program dedicated to the issues and topics the 'Baby Boomer' generation contend with in the twenty-first century. Please watch for the show on Andover TV - Comcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 47. You can also see the show on AndoverTV.org find the program for Boomer Being Episode 34. Or, click on the YouTube link.


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Dear Supporter - here is an easy way to support AVIS and the work we do in Andover. When you make purchases on-line you can use AmazonSmile and, when you select Andover Village Improvement Society before shopping, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to AVIS.

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About Our Reservations


About 1100 acres of AVIS reservations are open to all for hiking, birding, and cross country skiing. Hunting is prohibited on all of our reservations with nine exceptions. Motor vehicles, fires, and camping on these conservation lands are prohibited. Photos, maps, and further information are available on the reservations page.

Volunteer wardens are responsible for the care and oversight of each reservation and they are often neighbors. If you have questions or concerns about a particular reservation, please contact the reservation's warden.

Various groups offer hiking trips throughout the year. See the events and links page for more information.

Hike Along Merrimack River in Deer Jump Reservation:


 
 
To find out more about AVIS, contact info@avisandover.org