Northeast Wilderness Trust Survey
As we prepare for the next five years, we ask our colleagues, supporters, and the general public to share their thoughts and ideas about Northeast Wilderness Trust. The following survey should take no more than 10-12 minutes to complete, and will really help our planning process. All responses are confidential, unless you choose to identify yourself at the end of the survey.

In advance, thanks!

Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director
Annie Faulkner, Board President

For the purposes of this survey, “wilderness area” includes both public lands dedicated to wilderness values, and private lands protected as wilderness and owned by non-profit organizations or private landowners. In this survey, “Northeast” refers to the New England states and the eastern portion of New York's Adirondack Park.

1. What do you value most about wilderness areas in the Northeast? ***Choose up to 3*** *
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2. What do you see as the greatest threats to wilderness areas in the Northeast? ***Choose up to 3*** *
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3. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being high, please rank how concerned you are about climate change. *
Extremely concerned
Not at all concerned
4. Please rank by importance, with 1 being most important, the following qualities to consider when protecting an area as wilderness. *
1 - Most important
2 - Very important
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Not very important
5 - Not at all important
Connectivity to other conserved lands
Adjacency to wilderness areas managed by the state or federal government
Size in acres
Climate resiliency
Wildlife corridor
Low elevation
High elevation
Presence of endangered species
Opportunity for recreation
Creating areas off-limits to people for the benefit of wildlife (protecting nature for nature's sake)
Protection of ecosystem services (i.e. clean water, clean air, carbon sequestration, etc.)
5. How much do you think is “enough” wilderness for our region? ***Please select 1.*** *
For the purpose of this question, the term ‘forest block’ as used below is defined by The Nature Conservancy as “a large contiguous area whose size and natural condition allow for the maintenance of ecological processes, viable occurrences of matrix forest communities, embedded large and small patch communities, and embedded species populations.”
6. How would you describe the work of Northeast Wilderness Trust? *
Your answer
7. What do you think sets us apart from other nonprofit organizations? *
Your answer
8. Please rank the importance of the following strategies used by Northeast Wilderness Trust. In other words, what do you think are the key functions of the Wilderness Trust? *
Very important
Important
Least important
No opinion
Land protection through land purchase or conservation easement
Incorporating science into conservation work
Stewardship of existing lands
Engaging and interacting with the public to increase support for wilderness
Being a public voice for wilderness
Working collaboratively with other nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, etc.
Creating print materials that promote wilderness and explain its value
9. Please rank how effective you think Northeast Wilderness Trust implements the strategies from question 8. *
Very effective
Effective
Not effective
No opinion
Land protection through land purchase or conservation easement
Incorporating science into conservation work
Stewardship of existing lands
Engaging and interacting with the public to increase support for
Being a public voice for wilderness
Working collaboratively with other nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, etc.
Creating print materials that promote wilderness and explain its value
10. How could we be more effective as an organization? *
Please limit your response to 250 words.
Your answer
11. Please rank how important the following Northeast Wilderness Trust focal areas are to you. *
For the purpose of this question, focal areas are defined as geographic locations that Northeast Wilderness Trust focuses its energy on to achieve landscape-scale wilderness conservation.
Very Important
Important
Least Important
No opinion
Split Rock Wildway (Champlain Valley of New York)
Foothills of the Greens (Northern Vermont)
Wapack Trail Corridor (Southern New Hampshire)
Northern Connecticut River Watershed (Northern Vermont/New Hampshire)
Central New Hampshire Forest Lands (Central New Hampshire)
Alder Stream Wilderness Preserve (Central Maine)
High Peaks/Western Maine Mountains (emerging focal area in Western Maine)
Coastal Pine Barrens of Massachusetts (emerging focal area in Southeast Massachusetts)
12. Are there wild regions not listed in question 11 which are important to you, and could be the focus of future forever-wild conservation efforts? *
Your answer
13. Northeast Wilderness Trust is considering the following goals and objectives for the next five years. Please let us know how important each one is to you. *
Very important
Important
Least important
No opinion
Conserve more wild places
Steward existing wildlands
Create quiet, muscle-powered (non-motorized/mechanized) recreational opportunities on wildlands
Articulate and promote wilderness values and policies in the public sphere
Encourage other land trusts to protect more land as forever-wild
Foster the next generation of wilderness advocates by connecting kids with wild places through new partnerships and on-the-ground programming that get kids outside.
Develop programming to get people out on the land as volunteers or on guided outings.
14. As we plan for the next five years, what else should we be paying attention to? *
Your answer
15. Where are you most likely to get information about the things that are important to you in our region? ***Choose up to 3*** *
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16. How do you hear about the work of Northeast Wilderness Trust? ***Choose up to 3*** *
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17. In what state do you live? *
18. How would you describe yourself? ***Check all that apply*** *
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Are you a financial donor to Northeast Wilderness Trust? *
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
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