In the News: Bramhall Wilderness Preserve

 

The new Bramhall Wilderness Preserve has been getting some attention across Vermont!

Check out the coverage in Valley News, Mountain Times, and VT Digger!

As the first forever-wild land that has been privately protected in the Chateauguay No-Town Conservation Area, the creation of this 359-acre wilderness is a significant achievement. After several years of hard work and fundraising, the Northeast Wilderness Trust purchased this property in April 2020. The land is just south of the Appalachian Trail, and is traversed by headwaters of the Ottauquechee River that provide pristine habitat for native brook trout. Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and the Vermont River Conservancy will co-hold a forever-wild easement on the land, which will ensure its perpetual protection. We are still fundraising to secure the long-term stewardship of the land. You can help by making a donation to support the Bramhall Wilderness Preserve.

 

Rewilding Earth Podcast features Shelby Perry

Northeast Wilderness Trust’s Stewardship Director, Shelby Perry, talked with Rewilding Earth about the ins and outs of how we work to rewild the Northeast.

The Global Charter for Rewilding the Earth

 

Northeast Wilderness Trust is proud to be an initial endorser of “The Global Charter for Rewilding the Earth,” along with leading international conservation organizations such as Rewilding Europe, Tompkins Conservation, and African Parks.

The Charter masterfully articulates, at a global scale, a hopeful vision that has long been the guiding principal at Northeast Wilderness Trust
—creating an interconnected system of wild habitats capable of supporting life’s full diversity and richness.

The Charter also recognizes that fulfilling such a vision—both in Northeast and for the planet—means we must take a two-pronged approach. The international conservation community must work hand-in-hand to protect the wild places that still remain, while simultaneously rewilding degraded lands and waters. With these actions coming together, there is hope that we can solve the dual existential crises of climate change and biodiversity collapse.

The Wilderness Trust celebrates and promotes rewilding as a boon for wildlife and people. The Charter outlines principals and action steps that governments, citizens, NGOs, and business can all participate in, to build a wild future for nature and a livable planet for humans.

Click here to read the Global Charter for Rewilding the Earth.

 

In the News: Muddy Pond & Binney Hill

 

This winter, two Northeast Wilderness Trust Preserves were featured in local news. A big thank you to the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript and Wicked Local Kingston for highlighting these special places and the wilderness message! Click below to read the full articles.


 

Hatching two birds from one egg

How wilderness can save us from climate and extinction catastrophe

Wilderness is back in the headlines with an op-ed by Northeast Wilderness Trust in the Portland Press Herald.

Preserved by Northeast Wilderness Trust in 2007, the old-growth ecosystem of Maine’s Howland Forest is teaching scientists around the globe about the exceptional climate stabilizing impacts of Wild Nature.

By now you’ve probably heard the term, “Natural Climate Solutions,” a phrase that has been championed by Greta Thunberg, Bill McKibben, and other celebrities of the climate movement. The term has been applied to the variety of ways that Mother Nature can lead us to a cleaner, greener future if we just let it do what it does best: sequester carbon from the atmosphere, purify water and air, and provide refuge for the species with whom we share Planet Earth.

The reality, as Northeast Wilderness Trust Executive Director Jon Leibowitz explains in an op-ed in Friday’s Portland Press Herald, is that Natural Climate Solutions is simply a new name for a very old concept: allow Wild Nature to thrive and the benefits are many fold. We call it wilderness.

Simply put, there is no more effective, affordable, rapidly scalable, and low-tech solution to address the climate and extinction crises than to expand forever-wild preservation across the globe, starting right here in the Northeast.

Northeastern wildlands can be the lungs of a healthier planet and bastions of biodiversity if we choose to protect them today, but there must be renewed public enthusiasm and commensurate philanthropic support. The intentional act of setting aside such places is one of humility and acceptance that we cannot and should not control everything, everywhere. In return, we will be rewarded with the natural climate solutions that wilderness offers.

 

Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director of Northeast Wilderness Trust in an op-ed in the Portland Press Herald.

Click here to continue reading the op-ed. And thanks for #KeepingItWild.