NORTHEAST WILDERNESS TRUST
17 STATE STREET, SUITE 302
MONTPELIER, VT 05602
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Montpelier, VT…Northeast Wilderness Trust Executive Director Jon Leibowitz has accepted an invitation to join the Leadership Council of the Land Trust Alliance. The Alliance’s Leadership Council is made up of over 50 nationally recognized leaders working in land conservation and is a forum for dialogue, collaboration, and innovation to support the mission of the Alliance. Land Trust Alliance is a national organization that “saves the places people need and love and accomplishes this by empowering and mobilizing land trusts in communities across America to conserve land while connecting people to the land, for the benefit of all.” The Leadership Council serves as an advisory board to the Alliance management team as well as its Board of Directors on strategies and emerging issues in the land trust community.
Andrew J. Bowman, President and CEO of the Land Trust Alliance said, “[Leibowitz] is an exceptional executive director [who] will bring valuable experience and perspectives to this impressive group.” Leibowitz joins a cohort of forward-focused land trust leaders who emphasize the “vitality, effectiveness, and advancement of private land conservation.” Members of the Leadership Council serve as champions on a range of issues, from farm and ranchland conservation to equitable access, climate change, and habitat protection for wildlife. The common thread that binds these issues together is that land protection, in its many forms, plays a critical role in the health of the planet as well as human health and welfare.
Northeast Wilderness Trust was founded in 2002 to focus exclusively on forever-wild conservation in New England and New York. Under Leibowitz’s direction the Wilderness Trust has grown substantially in its work to rewild the Northeast. The organization’s staff has expanded from three to over 15 staff located across four states. During Leibowitz’s tenure, which began in 2017, the Wilderness Trust has also protected an additional 45,000 wilderness acres.
“I am humbled to have been asked to serve on the Alliance’s Leadership Council. Since my early days in Colorado at Montezuma Land Conservancy, the Land Trust Alliance has always been a trusted partner supporting my career and my conservation goals. I am excited to have an opportunity to give back by serving on the Leadership Council. Northeast Wilderness Trust fills an important niche in the land trust movement, and I look forward to highlighting our ecocentric worldview and biodiversity focus at the national level,” said Leibowitz, who also serves on the New England-focused Steering Committee of Wildlands, Woodlands, Farmlands & Communities, the Leadership Council of The Rewilding Institute, and his town’s Planning Commission.