A vibrant landscape may include various land uses—from highly developed cities and towns, to lightly populated countryside, to fully protected wildlife habitat. Formally conserved lands are a key element in this whole landscape vision. They are vital to sustaining wildlife populations and to maintaining a high quality of life for human communities.
Land conservation takes many forms: “Resource conservation” focuses on supporting economic vitality via a sustainable flow of forest and agricultural products. “Open space conservation” emphasizes outdoor recreation and scenery. “Nature conservation” prioritizes wildlife habitat and maintaining ecological processes. These conservation objectives are essential and complementary, although Northeast Wilderness Trust works exclusively on the latter.
Over the past century, the vast majority of conservation work in our region has focused on farms and managed woodlands, not the core wild areas that anchor any effective system of conserved lands. Northeast Wilderness Trust was founded to do just that, by creating new wilderness areas on private land, fostering rewilding, and championing the wilderness idea.