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.