The Northeast Wilderness Trust takes its stewardship responsibilities very seriously. For each property protected by the Trust, a baseline report is prepared which documents the condition of the property at the time of acquisition. Each year, the Trust sends staff and/or trained volunteers to inspect the property and document any changes or concerns. The Trust strives to maintain good relationships with easement landowners and abutters. And for those very rare situations where easement terms or wilderness restrictions are violated, the Trust pursues all remedies available, including legal action.
Stewardship Fund and Legal Defense
To help support these costly but essential obligations, the Trust has established a Stewardship Fund. For each easement or property the Trust acquires, a contribution to the Fund is requested from donors and/or other supporters of the project. This fund ensures annual support for a portion of our stewardship costs. In addition, this fund helps to cover the costs of our membership in Terrafirma, a conservation defense insurance program formed by the Land Trust Alliance. In the rare instance of legal action needed to defend a wilderness property, Terrafirma insures the costs of upholding conservation easements and fee lands held for conservation purposes.