Founded in 1894 as The Andover Village Improvement Society, AVIS is one of the oldest land
conservation organizations in the country. AVIS manages more than 30 reservations comprising
more than 1,200 acres in the Town of Andover. It relies on a corps of volunteers to lead the
organization and to provide maintenance of its recreational trails and stewardship for the
land and its wildlife habitat. Donations from community members and grant sources provide the
funds to acquire, protect and manage its reservations.
Like many of you, we are appalled by the injustices and acts of violence against
racially marginalized groups. The events that have unfolded in the past weeks and
months shake us all. The murders of unarmed black people over decades, and the
recent protests (that have followed), illustrate the historic, systemic racism and
environmental injustice that exists in our country towards people of color,
especially Black and Brown people.
Advice from the Andover Board of Health. “The Governor’s advisory to stay home allows for taking
walks outdoors; residents are encouraged to get some fresh air daily, while keeping a safe distance
from each other. Popular public trail systems have been overwhelmed, making it difficult to maintain
the 6’ separation; residents are encouraged to seek out lesser used trails, and bypass those
having a lot of cars in the lot.”
AVIS is a non-profit land trust dedicated to acquiring open space in Andover, Massachusetts and
conserving it into perpetuity.
AVIS manages its reservations to protect native habitat and provide opportunities for the public to
experience, enjoy and learn
about nature through passive recreation.
Founded in 1894, AVIS (article) is
one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country
AVIS Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge that AVIS reservations are located on the ancestral land of the Pennacook, Pawtucket and
other Indigenous people,
which was their home for more than 10,000 years. We honor the land we manage and all the Indigenous
people who were here before, are here now, and will be here in the future.
We recognize that we are all guests on this land and are mindful of our impact.
With this acknowledgement, we commit to continuously care for this land,
using sustainable practices to protect the environment and provide stewardship for the ecology and
habitat of AVIS reservations.
AVIS is pleased to be part of an amazing video about Open Space in Andover. You can
watch it at the following link. Thank you to Al French for the idea; to Sean Murphy
for producing this wonderful show about Andover; and to those who agreed to be videotaped by Andover TV.
History of AVIS
Enjoy a video about AVIS, its history, and a couple of the most popular reservations.
Our friends at e-Awakening.com have created two new videos featuring Andover people talking about the
reservations and volunteers who make them possible.:
Volunteers Build a Boardwalk on Andover Land (Video)
Andover Conservation and AVIS Reservations Preserve Open Space (Video)
Students at Andover High School in conjunction with Andover TV have created short videos on three AVIS
Reservations. See the reservations like you have not seen them before: