Widening the Wild

Freedom for the land, freedom for all people.

When it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation, Northeast Wilderness Trust recognizes there is much work to be done. We acknowledge the painful histories of discrimination and oppression that have caused today’s inequities—within and beyond the conservation field. “Widening the Wild” is the Wilderness Trust’s initiative to move towards a fair and just wilderness movement that amplifies a diversity of human voices in the common fight for a resilient, abundant Earth—for all life.


Northeast Wilderness Trust is growing new relationships with indigenous peoples across New England and New York. This includes an emergent collaboration with Native Land Conservancy (NLC), an indigenous-led land trust dedicated to protecting culturally and ecologically important places in the ancestral homelands of the Wampanoag and other tribal Nations. Learn more about this collaborative work by clicking below.


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Community Conservation is the practice of connecting people to the land, and to each other. This type of conservation responds to needs expressed by the people who live near the conservation land. In Massachusetts, at Muddy Pond Wilderness Preserve, Land Steward Joe Falconeiri welcomes local school groups seeking outdoor education experiences and shares wilderness values and conservation ethics with students and teachers. In this urban context, opportunities to experience wild places are rare. Muddy Pond serves as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom for youth who may not otherwise get to spend time outdoors. We approach this work carefully, while striving to balance access with ecological protection.

If your school group is interested in visiting a wilderness preserve to learn about ecological values and how to make the world a wilder place, please contact Hannah Epstein, Stewardship Director, at hannah@newildernesstrust.org or 802.224.1000 ext. 108