NORTHEAST WILDERNESS TRUST
17 STATE STREET, SUITE 302
MONTPELIER, VT 05602
info [@] newildernesstrust.org
COMMUNITY CONSERVATION, REWILDING
Many who care deeply about wilderness conservation face a paradox. How do we nurture a relationship with wild nature without “loving it to death,” as evidenced by crammed parking lots and busy trailheads in the Adirondacks, the White Mountains, and Acadia? How do we help foster a profound connection to—and compassion for—the larger web of life to which we belong, while still allowing sensitive species the freedom to live undisturbed by human impact?
While there are no simple answers, Northeast Wilderness Trust established Ambassador Preserves as a way to respond to this quandary. An Ambassador Preserve is a representative landscape for wild nature, where a small parking area, kiosk, and footpath allow for easier access—always designed with preserving the land’s wild character as the top priority. Currently, the Wilderness Trust has four Ambassador Preserves:
In coming years, Ambassador Preserves will be established in Connecticut and Vermont as well.
At Ambassador Preserves, in-person activities and interpretive materials engage people with the philosophy and experience of wild places. Kiosks welcome visitors and depict the process of a young forest maturing into an old-growth forest, or in the case of Muddy Pond, showcase a rare ecosystem. New Rewilding PhotoPoints allow visitors to take photos to help capture and monitor how these wild landscapes naturally evolve over time.
In contrast, other Preserves and Sanctuaries owned by the Wilderness Trust are not designed for recreation, even though they are always open to the public for respectful visitation. They are places where nature reigns, and people are mere visitors who must meet the steep slopes, buggy bogs, or thick ranks of spruce on the land’s terms, not theirs.
To learn more about Ambassador Preserves and other wildlands protected by Northeast Wilderness Trust, visit www.newildernesstrust.org/places
Photography: Muddy Pond by Natalia Boltukhova, Binney Hill by Paul Willis