Events

Born to Rewild Screening at Green Mountain Film Festival

When: March 20, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, Montpelier

In 2013, wilderness ultra-trekker John Davis traveled 5,000 human-powered miles from Sonora, Mexico to British Columbia through the Western Wildway, a continental wildlife corridor along the western spine of North America, during an epic conservation journey called TrekWest.

Award-winning adventure cinematographer Ed George filmed John’s story of ground-truthing wildlife corridors and the concepts of his mentors—while weaving together the citizen and science-based groups on the front lines of reconnecting and protecting wildlife corridors and animals on the move.

We are pleased to sponsor this showing at the Green Mountain Film Festival. Join us for the film and a panel discussion to follow with Tom Butler, Vice President for Conservation Advocacy at Tompkins Conservation, and Stewardship Director, Shelby Perry, who traveled with John through part of Wyoming.

Tickets available via the Green Mountain Film Festival.

John Davis on the northern portion of his 5,000-mile, muscle-powered along the Western Wildway from Mexico to Canada. Photo: Karsten Heuer


About John Davis: John lives with his family in the Split Rock Wildway in New York, where he care-takes the 54-acre Hemlock Rock Wildlife Sanctuary. He is a volunteer land steward for the Eddy Foundation; a board member of Champlain Area Trails and The Rewilding Institute; and a co-founder of Wildlands Network.

John is the author of Big, Wild, and Connected: Scouting an Eastern Wildway from Florida to Quebec about his 7,600-mile traverse of the proposed Eastern Wildway in 2011. His 5,000-mile traverse of the Rocky Mountains from Sonora, Mexico, to British Columbia, Canada, is featured in the film Born to Rewild.

In 2017, John published a new book, Split Rock Wildway: Scouting the Adirondack Park’s Most Diverse Wildlife Corridor that showcases the ecological importance, conservation value, and natural beauty of Split Rock Wildway. The book was underwritten by Eddy Foundation, and a portion of sales will benefit Champlain Area Trails, Northeast Wilderness Trust, and other conservation groups.

Please join us for these other exciting upcoming events:

March 22: Douglas Tompkins: A Wild Legacy film screening, Patagonia Store, Burlington, VT 7:00 pm. A discussion with Tom Butler will follow.

March 27: Three Penny Taproom benefit for the Northeast Wilderness Trust. 108 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 5:00 pm.

May 19: West Mountain Guided Walk Brunswick, VT. Email for details.

May 25: 7,000 Miles to a Wilderness Ethic presentation by Tyler Socash, wilderness advocate. Montpelier, VT. Location and time TBD.

Please check back for more details as the dates get closer!

 

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Douglas Tompkins: Wild Legacy Film Screening

When: March 22, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Patagonia Store, 191 College Street, Burlington, VT

Join us for a screening of the short film “Douglas Tompkins: Wild Legacy,” a heartwarming, insightful, and deeply inspiring film on the late founder of The North Face.

The screening will be followed by a talk with Tom Butler, Vice President for Conservation Advocacy at Tompkins Conservation, founded by Douglas and Kristine Tompkins.

Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. Co-founder of The North Face and Esprit, Doug spent the first half of his life building successful, global brands, while simultaneously adventuring around the world, completing first descents of the world’s toughest rivers. In 1968 Doug embarked on a trip to Chile, driving with friends from California to the tip of Patagonia. Documented in the film Mountain of Storms, the trip solidified Doug’s place as rock climbing legend. In the early 1990s, Doug sold his part of Esprit and moved down to Chile to do conservation work full time with his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Together, over the last 25 years, Doug and Kris have protected 2.2 million acres, more land than any other individuals. The foundations under the Tompkins Conservation umbrella, along with their partners, have created five national parks in Chile and Argentina and are in the process of creating five more. A Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes of Patagonia, and Kris and the Tompkins Conservation team’s efforts to continue his audacious mission.  Doug was tragically killed in a kayaking accident on Lago General Carrera, north of Patagonia Park, on December 8th, 2015.

Cosponsored with Vermont Natural Resources Council.

Please join us for these other exciting upcoming events:

March 20: Born to Rewild film screening at the Green Mountain Film Festival, Montpelier, VT 5:30 pm. A panel discussion will follow. Tickets on sale Feb 23.

March 27: Three Penny Taproom benefit for the Northeast Wilderness Trust. 108 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 5:00 pm.

May 19: West Mountain Guided Walk Brunswick, VT. Email for details.

May 25: 7,000 Miles to a Wilderness Ethic presentation by Tyler Socash, wilderness advocate. Montpelier, VT. Location and time TBD.

Please check back for more details on as the dates get closer!

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Three Penny Taproom Benefit

When: March 27, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: Three Penny Taproom, 108 Main Street, Montpelier

The Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier hosts benefit nights where 5% of all sales go to local nonprofits. On Tuesday, March 27 the Wilderness Trust will be the beneficiary of this generous program.

Join us for exceptional local, regional, and national brews and great food in support of our mission to conserve forever-wild landscapes for nature and people.

And bring a friend or two!

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Guided Hike on West Mountain Inholdings in Vermont

When: May 9, 2018 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Join Stewardship Director, Shelby Perry, as she guides us on a walk of the 1,170-acre West Mountain Inholdings in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in Brunswick.

This core wilderness area, owned by The Nature Conservancy Vermont Chapter with an easement held by the Wilderness Trust is an inholding to the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area and is the newest addition to the portfolio of wilderness lands we protect as forever-wild.

Surrounded by other blocks of conservation acres totaling 200,000, we will explore this region of bogs, wetlands, ponds, countless wild hills, and miles of unbroken forest. Spend the day with us as we explore this phenomenal landscape.

As the date gets closer, we’ll have more details available here or you can contact Shelby Perry, Stewardship Director, at .

Mud Pond at West Mountain is surrounded by mats of floating bogs with pitcher plants and wild cranberries.

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7,000 Miles to A Wilderness Ethic; A Talk by Tyler Socash

When: May 25, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Tyler Socash will give a riveting retelling of his 7,000 mile journey across The Appalachians, The Sierra Nevadas, The Cascades, and along the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. This story takes you across mountains and deserts but is ultimately a journey about defining how we relate to natural places and find our own wilderness ethic.

Tyler Socash at Boreas Pond in the Adirondacks.

About Tyler Socash: Tyler is a native Adirondacker and current Outdoor Skills Coordinator for the Adirondack Mountain Club. His passion for protecting wild places has led him to his work supporting the Adirondack Wilderness Advocates in their efforts to conserve the Boreas Ponds.

More details will be available here in the near future. Please check back or contact Cathleen Maine at for details.

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