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Shelby Perry | NE Wilderness Trust

Release Date: December 17th, 2019

In this episode I speak with Shelby Perry, the Stewardship Director with the Northeast Wilderness Trust. We talk about the history and mission of the Northeast Wilderness Trust, where and how they operate, Shelby's career trajectory, how wilderness protection on private land serves as a conservation model in New England, landscape corridor ecology, importance of biodiversity and climate change considerations for wildlife habitat protection. To learn more about the Northeast Wilderness Trust please visit

Shelby's Bio:


As Stewardship Director at Northeast Wilderness Trust, Shelby is in charge of the long-term care of more than 35,000 acres of privately-owned wilderness preserves across six states. She also assists with selecting and justifying new land conservation projects. Shelby received her master’s degree from the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist program, and holds a bachelors in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining Northeast Wilderness Trust, Shelby spent two years conducting wilderness inventories on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Wyoming’s Red Desert and advocating for more wilderness-level protections on those lands.  A Vermont native, she has also lived and worked in the Adirondacks, California, the Caribbean, and West Africa, where she served a term in the US Peace Corps.  When she’s not working for wilderness, Shelby can usually be found playing in the woods with her dog, Mia.  Their favorite activities include scrambling up waterfalls deep in the Vermont backcountry, finding and dipping in secret swimming holes, and hunting for fruiting slime molds. 

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