Untrammeled: The Case for Wild Nature

Date: 05/21/2020
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Two trees growing around a boulderIn a modern era, why does wilderness still deserve a place in an ever-changing world? Join Northeast Wilderness Trust for our first Untrammeled presentation in Connecticut! From hard data to pure inspiration, speakers Tom Butler, Mark Anderson, and Jon Leibowitz will explore the science and spirit of wild places. The group will examine what wilderness is, why it matters, and how we save it. Space is limited; please RSVP here!


Mark Anderson

Board President, Northeast Wilderness Trust
Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy

As the Director of Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy’s eastern U.S. region, Mark provides science leadership, ecological analysis, and landscape assessment tools for conservation efforts across across twenty-two states. His current research interests include ecological resilience, disturbance processes, geophysical landscape properties, and seafloor mapping. Mark lives with his family, two goats, three cats, one dog, occasional chickens, a visiting pair of barred owls, and a lot of trees in coastal MA.

Tom Butler

Vice President for Conservation Advocacy, Tompkins Conservation

A former editor of Wild Earth journal, Tom is a longtime conservation activist and writer. His books include Wildlands Philanthropy, Plundering Appalachia, Keeping the Wild and ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth. Tom was a founding board member and former board president of Northeast Wilderness Trust.

Jon Leibowitz 

Executive Director, Northeast Wilderness Trust

Jon has worked in the private land conservation field since graduating from Vermont Law School in 2011 with a Juris Doctor and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy.  Before joining Northeast Wilderness Trust, Jon was the Executive Director of Montezuma Land Conservancy, where he worked to conserve farms, ranches, and landscapes of pinion and juniper, ponderosa, and sage on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, in Cortez, Colorado.  Jon serves on the Steering Committee of Wildlands & Woodlands, the Board of Vermont Parks Forever, and the Rewilding Leadership Counsel. He lives on the outskirts of Montpelier, Vermont, with his family.