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Northeast Wilderness Trust receives Wild Stewardship Award for 20 years of land conservation throughout the Adirondacks and the Northern Forest

Northeast Wilderness Trust was recently awarded the 2023 Wild Stewardship Award by the nonprofit Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. This award recognizes Northeast Wilderness Trust’s 20-year record of preserving and connecting forever-wild lands throughout the Adirondack Park and the Northern Forest.

Members of NEWT’s staff were presented with the award in early October by Adirondack Wild, which was founded in 1945. “NEWT has filled us with renewed hope and determination.  It was a joy to host and honor you all in the heart of the Adirondacks.  Until we cross paths again…,” Dave Gibson, Managing Partner of the Adirondack Trust, said following the awards ceremony.

Accepting the award on behalf of Northeast Wilderness Trust are (from left to right): Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director; Caitlin Mather, Land Protection Manager; Hannah Epstein, Stewardship Director; Janelle Jones, New York Land Steward; and Bob Linck, Conservation Director.

In accepting the award Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director of Northeast Wilderness Trust, discussed the opportunities for and challenges of creating more wilderness in this moment in time. Leibowitz went on to share that Northeast Wilderness Trust got its start and inspiration from the Adirondack Park.

Northeast Wilderness Trust was founded on the principle that wild places are not just essential for people, but also hold intrinsic value—a sentiment that echoes Article 14, Section 1 of the New York State Constitution, known as the Forever-Wild Clause. Northeast Wilderness Trust currently safeguards over 10,000 acres of forever-wild lands and waters in and around the Adirondack Park and has multiple projects in New York underway.

Moriah Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Stephen Matter

Eagle Mountain Wilderness Preserve
Photo by Brendan Wiltse