Northeast Wilderness Trust is proud to partner with Native Land Conservancy (NLC), an indigenous-led land trust dedicated to protecting culturally and ecologically important places in the ancestral homelands of the Wampanoag and other tribal Nations. Our partnership is centered around Muddy Pond Wilderness Preserve in Kingston, MA.
Together, NLC & NEWT have established an MOU outlining the direction of the Partnership. A principle goal is a Cultural Respect Easement. “The Cultural Respect Easement welcomes indigenous people to regain access to lands they have been separated from for, in most cases, centuries,” explained Ramona Peters, Chairwoman of the Native Land Conservancy.
Northeast Wilderness Trust will donate a forever-wild easement on the land to the Native Land Conservancy. The easement will legally secure indigenous rights to this special place—one of the few surviving pine barrens forests in Southeast Massachusetts. Finally, the organizations have committed to working together to share this story publicly and advocate for wild places and restoration of indigenous land connection.