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March 2012 eNewsletter
Dear Friends,

A heartfelt THANK YOU to the many people who made gifts to the Northeast Wilderness Trust in response to our 2011 year-end appeal. We rely on individual donations to cover the majority of our operating expenses, so every contribution is essential. Please know that your help truly makes a difference and allows us to continue to restore and protect wild places across the Northeast! 

New Project in the Split Rock Wildway: Spruce Mill Brook

Conservation Director Rose Graves recently traveled to the eastern Adirondacks to study the ecological values of a new wildland conservation project. When she walked into the wooded property, words of Longfellow came immediately to mind: "This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight...." 

This 264-acre forest along the Spruce Mill Brook in Lewis, New York, is now a conservation priority for the Trust. Owned for the last 80-plus years by the Gores/Callaway family, who cherished its rugged beauty and wild, productive trout stream, the property is undeveloped and has seen no logging activity in over 20 years, with minimal selective cutting before that. The late-successional forest ranges from dark, damp hemlock stands along the brook, to mixed northern hardwood stands in the uplands, to tall white pines in the sandier lower elevation soils. The varied forest structure provides good habitat for a range of mammals including bobcat, fisher, coyote, fox, snowshoe hare, deer, and black bear. Ruffed grouse find food and cover in the newer woods growing up in a clearing created by natural disturbance.

Conservation of this key parcel--which abuts the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area and is located at the western terminus of the Split Rock Wildway--would not be possible without the public-minded vision and generosity of the Gores family heirs. When asking the Wilderness Trust to help them conserve their family lands, the four Gores siblings offered to lower the sales price of the property by two-thirds. This "bargain sale" reduces income tax liabilities for the Gores, makes the project more feasible for the Trust, and makes co-investing in the conservation of the land more attractive to others.

Impressed by the property's conservation values and the Gores family's offer, one donor has given $30,000 to the project. We must raise another $100,000-plus this year to cover the acquisition, legal costs, ecological assessments and plans, organizational support, and long-term stewardship expenses. Please add your donation, big or small, to the immensely generous gift made by the Gores family and be a part of the lasting legacy that this land represents. Your help now will ensure that we are able to preserve this "forest primeval" as a forever-wild place for wildlife and people.    

 

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gray fox in winter
Gray fox (photo Larry Master; www.masterimages.org) 
Conservation Easement Recorded on Alder Stream Preserve

 

On December 21, 2011, Northeast Wilderness Trust and Sweetwater Trust formally recorded a forever-wild easement on 2,750 acres along the Piscataquis River as part of the Alder Stream Preserve in Maine. The easement ensures that this land, owned by the Trust, will be permanently protected as a wild place, providing habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for people. The easement nearly doubles the permanent protection of Trust-owned land in central Maine. 

Here in the office, we are busier than ever with the start of a new year. Beyond our land conservation projects, we are expanding our outreach with our new website and Facebook page, organizing events, and investing in a new database system. We can always use volunteers to help us in our work, so please contact us if you have time to share or skills to offer. 

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Esser, Communications & Development Director 

bobcat (photo copyright Sue Morse)
Bobcat (photo Susan Morse)
Wildlife Events in the 'Dacks

People in the Adirondacks are eager to learn more about the wildlife in their greater backyard, as evidenced by the turnout at an event the Trust sponsored in January in Whallonsburg, NY. More than 75 people came to a presentation about the return of bobcats to the Champlain Valley region given by wildlife expert Susan Morse of Keeping Track. Sue's dynamic talk and stellar photographs gave those in attendance a deeper understanding of the ecological role of the bobcat and appreciation of its beauty. Champlain Area Trails co-sponsored this event.

The Trust is also sponsoring its second Keeping Track wildlife monitoring team in New York's Champlain Valley. The training gives volunteers the skills to detect and interpret the tracks and sign of animals such as bobcat, black bear, fisher, and moose. With two full field days under their belts, participants are on their way to becoming citizen scientists who will collect data to help identify key habitats for connectivity between the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

The Valley News, a community newspaper in the eastern Adirondacks, recently published an article about Sue Morse's bobcat talk and our work in the region. Read the piece.

See photos of Keeping Track outings and stay updated on events though our Facebook page
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NEXT EVENT 

Frogs on the Move: Amphibians and Connectivity  

April 28, 2012 

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Northeast Wilderness Trust

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Bristol, VT 05443

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