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Northeast Wilderness Trust

The Alder Stream watershed is a focus of the Northeast Wilderness Trust's conservation efforts because of its biological richness, recreational opportunities and wilderness character. The Trust acquired the 1,500-acre Alder Stream property,located in the heart of the watershed,in 2006.

Contact Information

Main Contact

  • Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director
  • 17 State Street, Suite 302
  • Montpelier, VT 05602
  • Phone: 802.224.1000 
  • Email:

    Alternate Contact

    • Cathleen Maine, Director of Development & Operations
    • 17 State Street, Suite 302
    • Montpelier, VT 05602
    • Phone: 802.224.1000 
    • Email:

MLTN Member

Mission Statement

Northeast Wilderness Trust conserves forever-wild landscapes for nature and people.


All of Maine. We are particularly focused on the Greater Alder Stream/Piscataquis River area in central Maine, which contains one of the largest, most varied, and intact freshwater wetland systems in the state.

Quick Facts

  • Number of Staff: 3.00
  • Membership: 950
  • Newsletter: electronic
  • Acres owned: 3,680
  • Number of Parcels: 7
  • Acres under Conservation Easement: 4,600
  • Number of Parcels: 11
  • Founded: 2002
The Northeast Wilderness Trust uses various land conservation tools to protect wilderness areas and often works with conservation partners including other land trusts. Depending on the project, these tools may include acquiring land or conservation easements, accepting donated land or easements, or brokering land deals where the parcel in question is be conveyed to public ownership for permanent conservation. The Northeast Wilderness Trust bases its land protection priorities on science, wilderness potential, community vision, threat abatement, and opportunity. The Trust’s geographic purview includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

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