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Spring 2014 eNewsletter
Dear Friends,

It's been a busy start to 2014! Read about a major land purchase in Maine and other projects below....

Alder Stream Preserve Grows Larger  

 

Mossy green in the Alder Stream Addition � Daryl Burtnett
Mossy green in the Alder Stream Addition

Northeast Wilderness Trust's Alder Stream Preserve in central Maine has increased by nearly 2,300 acres! In accordance with our mission, this land will be protected as forever wild, ensuring that it will provide habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for people for the long term. We have been aiming to secure this parcel in the towns of Atkinson and Charleston for several years and are so glad to be able to share the news of this achievement.

 

Protection of this key parcel brings the total acreage of the Alder Stream Preserve to just over 6,800 acres. The Alder Stream addition contains extensive wetlands that provide exceptional habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, as well as approximately 15 miles of frontage along Levensellor Brook and Dead Stream, critical habitat for imperiled Atlantic salmon.

 

Northeast Wilderness Trust purchased the 2,293 acres from forest products and real estate company H.C. Haynes, Inc. in late January 2014. The project was made possible by a federal grant of $1 million through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and generous funding from the Steven C. Leuthold Family Foundation. Our sincere thanks to Steve Leuthold and his family and to Sweet Water Trust for their support.

 

Read more and view a map on our website.  

Read about the Alder Stream Addition in the Bangor News. 

Susan Bon Preserve at Whittemore Hill 
  

At the end of 2013, Mary and Anthony Bon donated a forever-wild easement on 47 acres in New Ipswich, NH to Northeast Wilderness Trust. The Bons are protecting the land in honor of the late Susan Bon, whose last wishes were for her much-cherished forest to become a wildland sanctuary. In addition to the easement donation--which will ensure that the land remains forever free of roads, motors, logging, and development--the family plans to donate the property itself to the Monadnock Conservancy. We are pleased to be working with the Monadnock Conservancy and the Bon family to protect this land and to raise the funds needed to cover the long-term stewardship costs of monitoring the Susan Bon Preserve at Whittemore Hill. 

Monument honoring Susan Bon at the northeast corner of the preserve

Read more about the Susan Bon Preserve at Whittemore Hill. 

Accreditation Renewal: Comments Welcome
 

Northeast Wilderness Trust is currently applying for renewal of accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The land trust accreditation program recognizes conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places forever. Northeast Wilderness Trust's policies and programs will be extensively reviewed by the Commission as a part of this process. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Northeast Wilderness Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. Comments on Northeast Wilderness Trust's application will be most useful by May 31, 2014.

 

Click here for the full list of standards.  

Click here to learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment. 

 

Comments may also be emailed to info@landtrustaccreditation.org; faxed to 518-587-3183; or mailed to Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Many thanks to everyone who made a gift to Northeast Wilderness Trust in 2013! Your donations enable us to continue to protect wild places across the region.

 

Sincerely,
Daryl Burtnett, Executive Director

Jennifer Esser, Communications Director  

Marisa Riggi, Conservation Coordinator 

Thanks to our Volunteer Stewards! 

 

We rely on a cadre of 12 volunteer stewards to help us monitor our lands across the region. Of the properties under our care, 24 require annual on-the-ground monitoring. This task is largely carried out by our volunteer stewards and is overseen by Conservation Coordinator Marisa Riggi.  

 

Adam Gebb, who monitors the Dykema easement in Guilford, VT, says, "As I walk the Dykema property each year, I am very happy to think about all the people who can fall in love with this land and know that only nature is tending to its beautiful future." Thanks, Adam, and thanks to all our volunteer stewards who help us ensure that only nature is tending to the future on all the wilderness lands under our care. 

Volunteer Adam Gebb

Split Rock Wildway    

New York's Champlain Valley is a special place. Northeast Wilderness Trust has worked in the region for many years, collaborating with local groups such as Champlain Area Trails and the Eddy Foundation to create a wildway stretching from Lake Champlain to the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. As a part of that effort, we've been offering educational programs in the Essex, NY area. Most recently, in collaboration with Outdoor Guide Elizabeth Lee, we sponsored programs on what climate change will mean for wildlife in the Northeast (with photographer and naturalist Susan Morse of Keeping Track) and on bird language (with Connor Stedman, Executive Director of the Vermont Wilderness School). The next event in the series, on April 25, will explore the natural and cultural history of timber rattlesnakes. Thanks to our presenters, Elizabeth Lee, and the Whallonsburg Grange for making these inspiring programs possible!    

 

Listen to an interview with Connor Stedman that aired on North Country Public Radio.  

 

Moose in wetland � Susan C. Morse
Moose � Susan C. Morse
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