HOW WE WORK

Forever-wild conservation
is about freedom…

…for wildlife, natural processes, and the untrammelled evolution of the landscape. This sort of conservation offers land the opportunity to to heal and rewild, often after centuries of hard use. In a wild landscape, trees grow old and store massive amounts of carbon. Trees also fall and remain in place, providing shelter to diverse species and adding richness back into the forest. 

On protected land, human impact is minimal to non-existent. When present, recreation is limited to quiet, non-motorized or mechanized, and light restoration may occur at the beginning phases of conservation.  There is no timber harvesting, in perpetuity.  

The many gifts offered by untamed forests inevitably spill over into the human world. People receive pristine water, birdsong, fresh air, spring flowers, dark nighttime skies, snowy tracks, and quiet places to escape the clamor of everyday life. Stepping into the wild, we can feel that land does not belong to us, but that we belong to the land.

The Wilderness Trust uses two main tools
to protect land…

…conservation easements (also known as conservation restrictions) and fee land ownership. The Wilderness Trust accepts donations of land and easements and in some cases acquires its interest through a bargain-sale or outright purchase.  

The Wilderness Trust also often partners with other land trusts to add forever-wild protections to properties they own. Our Wildlands Partnership offers land trusts an easy, revenue-generating option to pursue forever-wild conservation in conjunction with wild carbon credits.

Conservation projects take time, effort, and resources. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact Northeast Wilderness Trust to begin developing a conservation plan. Depending on the situation, transaction due diligence may include surveys, appraisal, title searches, and environmental assessments.  Site visits are needed for baseline documentation, and a management plan may be required. 

If you or your land trust are interested in protecting a property as wilderness, please call 802.224.1000 or send us an email

SAVE THIS LAND

Help make new wilderness a reality in your backyard! We are fundraising to protect and rewild these special places right now. Your support will secure and safeguard forever-homes for wildlife and nature.

Steel Addition to Binney Hill

Steel Addition to Binney Hill

Redington Wilderness Sanctuary

Redington Wilderness Sanctuary

Bramhall Wilderness Preserve

Bramhall Wilderness Preserve

Climate Change & Wilderness

Right here in the Northeast, we can make a difference for the future of our climate and environment simply by allowing more forests to capture and store their full potential of carbon. At this critical moment of climate chaos, protecting wildlands—now—is a courageous act of hope.

Wildlands Partnership

Northeast Wilderness Trust is working to dramatically accelerate the pace of regional wilderness conservation through our Wildlands Partnership. Partner land trusts receive funding to protect land as forever-wild, and may enroll wildlands in the carbon market through the Partnership to receive additional, unrestricted income with little risk.

Wildlands Partnership

Northeast Wilderness Trust aims to dramatically accelerate the pace of regional wilderness conservation through our Wildlands Partnership. Through the Partnership, land trusts receive funding to protect land as forever-wild, and may enroll that land in the carbon market to receive additional, periodic income.