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Speak out for wilderness!

“Let us preserve some of the simple things. Let us know that there is somewhere in our state a region not yet commercialized and citified, and to which people may repair who yearn for a restoration amid the vast silences of the eternal mountains and the primeval forests. Let us beware while there is still time. Let us not jeopardize this fine heritage.”

– Louis Marshall, attorney, defender of ethnic minorities, and champion of the “forever-wild” clause at the New York State 1894 Constitutional Convention, protecting the wild Adirondacks for future generations

Vermont State House. Photo:

As passionate supporters of wildlands and wildlife, we know that wilderness preservation is the result of foresight and action. Louis Marshall, his better-known son, Robert, Mardy Murie, Aldo Leopold…these are just a handful of the heroic leaders of the conservation movement who used their voices for the special places and animals that have no voice in our democracy.

This February, join Northeast Wilderness Trust and Vermont’s conservation community as we speak out for endangered wildlife and landscapes at two exciting events…


Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition Lobby Day
Feb 19th, 8:30am-2:00pm
Vermont State House, 115 State St, Montpelier
Free registration

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a lobbyist? Now’s your chance to find out!

One of the most important sources of conservation funding in Vermont are grants provided by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, or VHCB. Late last year, Northeast Wilderness Trust was honored to receive our first grant from VHCB, $160,000 towards our Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Preserve in central Vermont. This public funding is essential for land trusts to continue their work across the state.

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition Legislative Day is an opportunity to show our support for Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) funding.

Please join us at the Capitol to speak out for this critical public funding! Participants will learn how to be an effective citizen lobbyist before participating in legislative hearings and meetings with lawmakers. You’re sure to leave with new tools to take action and new confidence to work with your elected representatives. Hope to see you there!

Learn more and register here.


Great Blue Heron. Photo: © Susan C. Morse

E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth Project Debuts in Vermont
February 20th, 4:00-6:00pm
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, Montpelier
Free registration

What if half of the Earth’s surface was protected for the preservation of biodiversity? That’s the visionary proposal by famed Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson. Half-Earth Vermont is a new group working to realize Wilson’s vision, and Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director of Northeast Wilderness Trust, is proud to join as an advisor for this new effort and a co-sponsor of their kickoff event.

On February 20th, join teachers, interested citizens and conservation professionals for a workshop that explores the latest research on biodiversity’s role in healthy ecosystems, and help us form a strategy to bring Half-Earth to life in the Winooski River Watershed – one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in Vermont, and one of the most fragile. The evening’s speaker and featured guest will be Dennis Liu, PhD, Vice President for Education at the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and a longtime friend and collaborator with Dr. Wilson.

Don’t miss the chance to get in on the ground floor of this exciting conservation effort.

Learn more and register here.

Event co-sponsors include:

  • University of Vermont Field Naturalist Program
  • Northeast Wilderness Trust
  • Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Friends of the Mad River
  • Audubon Vermont
  • Friends of the Winooski
  • The Nature Conservancy in Vermont


Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me using the information below.

Thanks for adding your voice to the chorus in support of our wildest places!


Zack Porter
Outreach and Communications Coordinator






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