Forever-wild (or wilderness) conservation, has been around for more than a century. Perhaps the best example in the Northeast is the Adirondack Park in northern New York, which was permanently protected from resource extraction and management in 1892. In the intervening century, the success and rebound of the forests and wildlife there has been astounding. Can this example be copied and continued throughout the Northeast? And what implications would this have for land, water, and wildlife?
We know the answer to the first question: yes. Northeast Wilderness Trust and partner organizations are making strides to expand wildlands across the region—enacting a strategy led by private-sector non-profits that complements public, governmental wilderness areas.