Conserving forever-wild landscapes for nature and people.
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…
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.
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Wildlands Partnership Coordinator
Southern New England Land Steward
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
Annie Faulkner Publisher
Merloyd Ludington Publisher
Tom Butler Publisher
Meade Cadot, PhD Land Program Director
The Harris Center for
Stephen Trombulak, PhD Professor of Biology
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
George Woodwell, PhD Woods Hole Research Center Founder
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