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The Wild Times: March and April

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The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo!
Spring, the sweet spring!

-Thomas Nashe

Greetings and Happy Spring! During this season of green shoots and new beginnings, it is my honor and pleasure to introduce myself as the Wilderness Trust’s new Vice President of Advancement. I have been on staff for just over a month now, and I am thrilled to be working side-by-side with colleagues who are as skilled as they are devoted to the work we –and you! – believe in so deeply: rewilding the Northeast.

As you’ll read below, Spring here at the Wilderness Trust is bursting with growth across our program areas and geographies. We have a splendid new preserve in the works: Little River Wilderness Preserve. Little River will expand the area of protected wildlands within the Adirondack Park and support regional movement of wildlife within the Algonquin to Adirondacks corridor. We have created a beautiful new e-brochure about Rewilding the Northeast for you to read and share with colleagues, friends, and family, and we have some fantastic job opportunities here at the Mother Tree in Montpelier. And we are offering lots of great upcoming events both in person and online accessible to all. In whatever way you can, please join us!

Knowing that you support our mission and all that we do to serve wild Nature means so much to us. Thank you for being with us on this journey to make the promise of wilderness come true for the lichens and saplings and fox kits of this globally important eco-region. From reading this newsletter, to becoming a member of our Forever-Wild Circle of monthly donors, to supporting the campaign for Little River Wilderness Preserve, to telling a friend about NEWT . . . everything you do to help our cause matters. We couldn’t do it without you!

With wild gratitude,

Nicie Panetta

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New York – Little River Wilderness Preserve

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The Wilderness Trust is working to conserve Little River Wilderness Preserve, a 252-acre property defined by vast open wetlands and other water features. Little River Wilderness Preserve supports a wide range of species who find their homes in these diverse wetland and stream habitats.

Click here to learn more about Little River Wilderness Preserve and ways you can support the project.

What’s New

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Rewilding the Northeast Brochure

This long form brochure serves as an overview of the importance of rewilding that we practice at Northeast Wilderness Trust. Text coupled with beautiful imagery of wildlife and preserves serves to showcase our conservation work from a bird’s eye view. Our work has never been more important, as we work together to identify and implement solutions to the entwined dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

ferns and moss with the overlayed text of 'Wild Spring Beginnings'

A Staff Curated Spring Playlist

Please enjoy our curated spring playlist created from our staff submissions themed around the changes spring brings to both our moods and natural world.

Staff Scenes from the Eclipse

On April 8th, NEWT staff across the region shared in the cosmic wonder of the total solar eclipse. Here are some glimpses of our experiences from the shores of a pond in our Woodbury Mountain Wilderness Preserve, to a lake in the Adirondacks, to our own backyards. What a chance to marvel at the wild workings of our solar system!

Upcoming Events

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Our event calendar is packed with exciting events and we would love to see you there! From Vermont and New York to virtual, there are many ways you can engage with our work. For full event details and how to RSVP head over to our event calendar.

NEWT is Growing

We are so excited to be adding to our team to support our ambitious goals for the coming years. Please consider applying for one of our open positions and joining us to support wilderness conservation every day!

NEWT in the News

Opinion: Connecticut needs both wildlands and woodlands — not one or the other
To mitigate climate change, reverse the extinction crisis, and chart a resilient path forward for people, when it comes to forests, New Englanders ought to consider an “all of the above the strategy” that includes far more wildlands than exist today and managed woodlands to support local jobs and produce local products. How to balance those complementary uses ought to be the aim of our energies.

VLT, TNC, and NEWT Unite to Safeguard 4,700+ Acres of Vermont Wilderness and Managed Forests
The Vermont Land Trust (VLT), The Nature Conservancy in Vermont (TNC), and Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) have recently united to safeguard a contiguous expanse exceeding 4,700 acres of wilderness and managed forests located in Richford and Jay, Vermont.

‘Trees’ come to Mad River Valley Arts
Mad River Valley Arts presents its first group show of the year entitled “RISE: Trees, Our Botanical Giants” on view from March 7 through April 26, 2024.

Wilder News

Birding After Dark
Birding is not just a daytime activity anymore. Once the sun goes down, the fun world of nocturnal birding is just beginning. All sorts of creatures are active at night, including our feathered friends.

National Park Service Identifies ‘Preferred Alternative’ to Restore Grizzly Bears to the North Cascades
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have announced the Final Environmental Impact Statement and grizzly reintroduction plan. Although a record of decision has yet to be signed, the agencies’ preferred alternative would restore grizzlies to their historic homelands, where they are functionally extinct.

Colorado could bring back wolverines in an unprecedented rewilding effort
A bipartisan group of Colorado lawmakers are proposing legislation to reintroduce wolverines, one of the country’s rarest carnivores, into a state primed with deep snow and high mountains.

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Photography: Chickadee by Brendan Wiltse | Barred Owl by David Middleton