About

Conserving forever-wild landscapes for nature and people.

OUR APPROACH

At Northeast Wilderness Trust, we believe that wild nature deserves the freedom to flourish in its own right. Forever-wild lands are places where people take a step back from consumption and extraction and natural processes are in charge. In return, wilderness gives back in ways that human-dominated landscapes cannot.

Old, wild forests and their waters offer…

 

Biodiversity

Resiliency

Carbon Storage

Solitude

We seek to protect lands with great potential for these values. Some of our Preserves are under active scientific study, to provide baseline data so we can know how nature will unfold absent human manipulation. Some of our Preserves have critical habitat for endangered or threatened species. Some of our Preserves are crossed by footpaths, where people can find solace while hiking, watching birds, or sitting quietly. And all of these forever-wild places are allies in the fight to slow climate change, as they sequester and store carbon at a greater rate than timberlands.

While the Northeast has experienced an incredible recovery from the logging and agriculture of European settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries, we are a far cry from knowing wilderness as a common feature of this region. Pressure from development, timber harvest, mechanized recreation, and pollution are growing, making our work more urgent now than ever. Permanent wilderness makes up just 3% of the Northeast, despite holding values unparalleled by managed lands. In this moment of rapid climate change and mass extinction, the time to act is now.

WHO WE ARE

Northeast Wilderness Trust is a non-profit land trust, founded in 2002 by conservationists seeking to fill the vacant niche of wilderness protection in the Northeast. Our mission is to conserve forever-wild landscapes for nature and people. To date, we have protected more than 35,000 forever-wild acres across New England and New York. Our goal is to preserve at least another 25,000 acres of wilderness by 2025.

Staff

Jon Leibowitz

Jon Leibowitz

Executive Director

Cathleen Maine

Cathleen Maine

Deputy Director

Sophie Veltrop

Sophie Veltrop

Outreach and Communications
Coordinator

Sophie Ehrhardt

Sophie Ehrhardt

Wildlands Partnership Coordinator

Joseph Falconeiri

Southern New England
Land Steward

Shelby Perry

Stewardship Director

Board of Directors

Mark Anderson
Vice President

Jim Dehner
Treasurer

Henry Tepper
Conservation Consultant and Instructor

Susie O’Keeffe
Artist, Author, and
College of the Atlantic

Kristin DeBoer
Kestrel Land Trust

Rick Rancourt
Certified Public Accountant

CC White
Secretary

Brett Engstrom
Ecologist

Board Emeriti

Merloyd Ludington
Publisher

Tom Butler
Publisher

Annie Faulkner
Publisher

Advisors

Meade Cadot, PhD
Land Program Director
Senior Naturalist
The Harris Center for
Conservation Education

Stephen Trombulak, PhD
Professor of Biology
Middlebury College

Bill McKibben
Journalist and activist
Author of The End of
Nature and Earth

Mike DiNunzio
Staff Ecologist
PROTECT the Adirondacks

Marc Lapin
Assistant Laboratory Professor
in Environmental Studies
Middlebury College

George Woodwell, PhD

Woods Hole Research Center
Founder

LIBRARY

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Wild Works
Annual Report
Financials
Research

CONTACT US

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17 State Street, Suite 302
Montpelier, VT 05602
802.224.1000

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