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Summertime Giving

Vermont's Green Mountains & the peak of Camel's Hump

The sweet, short season of hiking, gardening, swimming, boating, and sunshine is here in the Northeast. As we appreciate the gifts of summer and enjoy wild places across the region, can you take a moment to read an update on our projects (below) and consider a contribution to the Northeast Wilderness Trust?

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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit,
and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.
  —Edward Abbey

Summer 2012

Dear Friends,

Wilderness is necessary—for people, animals, and the healthy functioning of the earth itself. When the Northeast Wilderness Trust was founded in 2002, it filled an essential niche: the restoration and preservation of lands, large and small, that would be free from future development, logging, agriculture, and motorized uses—wilderness.  Since that time, as the only regional land trust dedicated exclusively to conserving forever-wild lands, we have protected almost 9,000 acres where natural processes thrive, and where people enjoy quiet recreation and wild beauty.

Our work to restore wild places and to connect wildlife habitat across the landscape is more important today than ever before. Maine’s North Woods and other remote areas across the Northeast are threatened by development. A warming planet means changing and less predictable weather patterns with increased likelihood of droughts, floods, ice storms, tornadoes, and fires—climate chaos. Wild forests can help by absorbing rainfall, anchoring soils, and storing carbon; also, conserving more wild forests connected by other conserved lands will give plants and animals a chance to adapt and survive. In this rapidly changing world, where the future will be far different than the past, wilderness offers security and hope.

This year is our ten-year anniversary. We plan to celebrate by working harder than ever to conserve many acres across the Northeast as forever wild. Will you help us in our efforts to secure these special places?

  • In the eastern Adirondacks, the Trust is working to protect a wildlife linkage from the High Peaks all the way to Lake Champlain. Known as the Split Rock Wildway, this area includes rare communities such as floodplain and dry oak-hickory forests and habitat for species such as timber rattlesnakes and American marten. We now have the opportunity to conserve a beautiful, 264-acre forest that abuts the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area. This parcel is key for habitat connectivity, boasts a pristine trout stream, and has great potential for hiking and snowshoeing trails.
  • In Maine, we’re adding to the Alder Stream/Piscataquis Preserve. With expansive wetlands, beautiful waterways, and coniferous and deciduous forest, the preserve is home to eagles, bear, moose, and marten, and provides opportunities for canoeing and bird watching. We’re currently working to add 2,200 acres surrounded by other conserved lands—the “hole in the donut,” determined by ecologists to be some of the most biologically rich land in the area.
  • In Vermont, we’re talking with landowners about securing an essential bobcat denning area and dry oak forest in the Champlain Valley.
  • In southern New Hampshire, we’re raising funds to help Fred and Rosalind Slavic ensure that their beloved land remains forever wild after their deaths. We will do the work needed to add their 300 acres to Rhododendron State Park, providing enduring benefits—beauty, quiet, solitude—to the people of New Hampshire and the nation.
  • We’re working with a landowner in southwestern Maine to protect almost 200 acres of forestland, including a mountain summit that has gorgeous southerly views of the Ossipee River valley.
  • In New Ipswich, New Hampshire, we’re collaborating with the Monadnock Conservancy to establish a 46-acre sanctuary that includes pockets of 100-year-old trees, thus fulfilling the final wishes of the late Susan Bon.

All of these projects have the potential to protect critical wildlife habitat, offer recreational opportunities, sequester carbon, and ensure a wild future for our region. But they also require significant time, effort—and money. We rely on contributions from individuals like you for more than 50 percent of our operating expenses. Won’t you please join us in making these forever-wild land protection projects happen?

We hope that you, too, believe that wilderness is a necessity.  Our sincere thanks for any help you can give, and for all that you do for wild nature.

Sincerely, Jim Northup, Executive Director

p.s. If you haven’t checked our Facebook page, take a look. And be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter–it’s the best way to stay up-to-date on our work, and we promise not to inundate you with email (we typically send an update every few months) or to share your contact information.

p.p.s. If you’ve made a donation to the Wilderness Trust in the past, or if you make one now, be on the lookout for a 10-year retrospective report in your mailbox later this year.

Make a secure gift now on our website.

Download the letter as a pdf.

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