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.

Andovers Magazine article on AVIS (Adobe PDF)

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Some important dates regarding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) project:

As you may have heard, the Kinder Morgan Company is planning to put a pipeline from Dracut through Andover to Lynnfield to carry additional natural gas from the Pennsylvania Shale area. AVIS is concerned that the proposed route includes a significant amount of AVIS property as well as town conservation land. Individual homeowners are also affected. Please use the following link to find information on the Town of Andover website. We will post more information as it becomes available. http://andoverma.gov/projects/tenngas/

November 8, 2014 - 10:00 am - hike along the AVIS Deer Jump Reservation and the Conservation Commission Al Retelle Reservation, two properties that will be directly affected by the proposed route of the pipeline. Meet on Brundrett Avenue off River Road.

November 9, 2014 - 1:00 PM - Hike through the AVIS Nat Smith Reservation which will be directly affected by the proposed gas pipeline. Meet at the end of Berkeley Lane, Andover

November 12, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Open House sponsored by Kinder Morgan/TGP; an opportunity to meet with TGP representatives. North Reading High School, 191 Park Street, North Reading.

November 13, 2014 - 7:00 pm, Andover Public Forum sponsored by the Town and AVIS. Learn about the pipeline and the route in Andover as well as what landowners need to do to prepare for the pipeline, if it does get approved. Wood Hill Middle School.

November 15, 2014 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm - Stop the Pipeline Summit, including information about the FERC process. Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg

November 17, 2014 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Open House sponsored by Kinder Morgan/TGP; an opportunity to meet with TGP representatives. Richardson Middle School, 1570 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut.

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