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Major Wilderness Milestone Met

In 2015, the Northeast Wilderness Trust set a bold conservation goal: to protect an additional 10,000 acres by the end of 2020. In the four years since adopting that plan, staff and board have been hard at work protecting more wilderness across the Northeast. We are pleased to announce that with well over a year remaining, we’ve already surpassed our goal.

With the purchase of the Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve this year, we have protected 11,744 acres since 2015. As we often say, those acres are more than just a number. They represent tangible places that give wildlife room to roam, offer natural communities the time and space to grow old and complex, and provide people with quiet respite from our face-paced modern lives.

We simply couldn’t have done it without the support of countless individuals and wildland philanthropists. We are funded by YOU and wilderness protection only happens when you want it to! Thank you. As of today, Northeast Wilderness Trust now protects 35,259 acres of forever-wild landscapes across the Northeast, for nature and people.

Join us in celebrating this milestone by taking a trip down memory lane below. And when you’ve finished looking back, join us in looking forward…we have a lot of work to do together. In these uncertain times of climate chaos and biodiversity collapse, Northeast Wilderness Trust is ramping up our conservation efforts. In our soon-to-be-released 2020-2025 strategic plan, we have set a goal of protecting an additional 25,000 acres of wilderness—more than double our previous five-year goal. We know that letting our forests grow old offers the most efficient, scalable, and cost-effective tool we have to combat climate change and rewild the Northeast. Together we can make it happen.

Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve consists of 2,445 acres in Chesterfield, NY, and was protected by Northeast Wilderness Trust in 2019. Photo: Brendan Wiltse
Burnt Mountain is a forever-wild landscape in Montgomery, VT owned by The Nature Conservancy in Vermont. At 5,487 acres, it sits just west of a 10-mile stretch of the Long Trail. Photo: Zack Porter
The 1,555-acre Lone Mountain Wilderness Preserve was gifted to Northeast Wilderness Trust by George Appell in memory of his late wife, Laura W.R. Appell. “We wanted to turn it into refugia for biodiversity,” said George. Photo: Shelby Perry
Muddy Pond Wilderness Preserve is our very first protected area in Massachusetts, comprising 322 acres of rare Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens. Photo: Shelby Perry
The West Mountain Inholdings are four forever-wild tracts owned by The Nature Converancy in Vermont within a 66,000-acre stretch of intact, contiguous forest in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Photo: Harry White
Northeast Wilderness Trust’s Binney Hill Wilderness Preserve protects 488 acres in southern New Hampshire, through which a mile of the Wapack Trail crosses. Photo: Rick Blanchette
The Goff Addition expands Northeast Wilderness Trust’s effort to protect the Split Rock Wildway as a wildlife corridor between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. Photo: Shelby Perry

The Guthrie-Bancroft property (above) and Fred Pierce Place are part of the Anderson Trust Properties, protected as forever wild in 2016 thanks to the legacy of Monique and Lester Anderson. Ecological research is ongoing on these forested lands on the western flanks of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Photo: Shelby Perry
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  1. Marisa Riggi says:

    Amazing work, I can’t wait to see what you do in the next 5 years! Keep it up!

  2. Lisa Ernest says:

    Photos are all wonderful like the one that Shelby Perry took

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