Meet a Forever-Wild Circle Member

Meet Brett Engstrom, an ecologist, a Wilderness Trust board member, and a new monthly donor as part of the Forever-Wild Circle. Brett first became involved in Northeast Wilderness Trust in the early 2000s, when he was hired to conduct ecological inventories of Champlain Valley properties.

“When I learned more about the Wilderness Trust from other naturalists, I realized they were doing really important work that no one else was doing,” says Brett. “They’re allowing natural processes to play out, which is what really thrills me as a naturalist.”

Forever-Wild Circle members, like Brett, provide Northeast Wilderness Trust with reliable support through monthly donations. These gifts create a steady financial base that allows the Wilderness Trust focus less on fundraising in order to take the long view and focus on protecting wild landscapes for nature and people. Learn more about the Forever-Wild Circle here!

“Forever-Wild is a radical, much-needed way of looking at the landscape,” says Brett. “So I’m a staunch supporter now.”

This year, the Wilderness Trust is thanking new and current Forever-Wild Circle members with custom bandannas. Printed on hemp and organic cotton cloth, they feature the artwork of Vermont painter Patricia Leahey Meriam and are hand-dyed with homegrown Vermont indigo by Honey Hill Studios.

Brett regularly uses his new bandanna while doing ecological field work across the Northeast, or when hiking the town and state forests near his hometown of Marshfield, VT. “The bottom line for me is supporting the organization for the long term in a steady way; it makes all the sense in the world,” says Brett. “And to get a bandanna on top of it is just gravy!”

We invite you to become a monthly donor and join the Forever-Wild Circle. You will receive a custom 2020 bandanna (while supplies last) as our thanks for your generous support of wilderness conservation!