Join this critical discussion on the importance of protecting both wildlands AND woodlands. Tune in via Zoom on Tuesday, December 15 from 4:00–5:30 PM.
Author and editor Tom Butler is a co-founder and former Board member of Northeast Wilderness Trust, and now joins the staff as Senior Fellow.
Northeast Wilderness Trust is proud to welcome Erin Meiman to the team to fill the new position of Operations Manager.
Glen Ayers was the first-ever monthly donor to Northeast Wilderness Trust, choosing to sustain the work of forever-wild conservation because of his love for old-growth and wild forests.
Meet Brett Engstrom, an ecologist, a Wilderness Trust board member, and a new monthly donor as part of the Forever-Wild Circle.
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.
Northeast Wilderness Trust is delighted to welcome Lillie Howell to the team. Lillie, a student at Vermont Law School and University of Vermont, joins us as the Wildlands Partnership Intern, helping to connect more land trusts with wilderness conservation.
Northeast Wilderness Trust is delighted to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors!
Every so often, we encounter a special wilderness champion whose passion for nature makes a very real difference in the lives of wild beings. Annette Dykema was just such a person. Annette passed away last December, but left a legacy that will last for generations to come.
Annette and her family spent summers and weekends at their property in Guilford, Vermont, connecting with each other and the land. The forested valley lay at the end of a dirt road, “For my mom, it was a big part of her; she knew every inch of that place,” said Alex Liston Dykema, her son.
Annette deeply cared about protecting any property she could; she had placed a conservation easement on her former property in Oregon. In the early 2000s, Annette began to explore conserving the Guilford forest surrounding her home. Annette’s wishes were for the valley to remain wild and unmanaged, but she had difficulty finding a land trust that was philosophically aligned with her personal land ethic. Alex, who is now an attorney for the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, began to do some digging and eventually came across Northeast Wilderness Trust. It was a match.
“The concept, for Mom, of being able to protect [the land] as a completely natural space forever was remarkable,” said Alex. Soon after Annette had placed a forever-wild easement on the land with Northeast Wilderness Trust in 2004, an adjacent parcel of land came up for sale. So she worked with her neighbors to buy it and raise the funds for the Wilderness Trust to place forever-wild protections on it. In total, Annette’s devotion to the wild protected 232 contiguous acres in Guilford.
Annette’s daughter, Martha Frost, will keep the land in the family. “My siblings and I were outside in all four seasons as kids,” noted Alex. “Mom’s eight grandkids each have a connection to this land—it is firmly rooted in all of us.”
In the 45 years since they have owned this land, the family has watched it evolve. In addition to seeing the forest itself grow older and wilder, they have seen moose and black bear come back to the woods. “The property really gave us a sense of what rewilding could do,” said Alex. “There was no chance we’d have seen moose or black bear four decades ago, and now they’re there.”
Annette’s generous spirit and warm heart will be missed. She has set an example of unfailing dedication to the wild. For that, we are grateful…and we’re pretty sure those moose and bear are, too!
Thank you as well to the donors who made a gift to the Northeast Wilderness Trust in memory of Annette Dykema. Together, you contributed $1,375 to wilderness conservation. Thank you!