Welcome! Sweet Water Trust is a grant-making foundation whose mission is to support land conservation that safeguards wild lands and waters, native wild flora and fauna, and living soils. Since its establishment in 1992, Sweet Water Trust has been actively involved in conservation work in New England and upstate New York, focusing in recent years on the forests of the Northern Appalachians, including neighboring lands in Canada.
Since its founding, Sweet Water Trust has made over 650 grants to partners (national, regional, state, and local land trusts and government agencies) to protect land as wild and to encourage support of wilderness values. To date, we have had a part in conserving over 400,000 acres of land in the Northern Appalachians.
In recent years, Sweet Water Trust has focused on large, landscape-scale conservation projects, often supported with major, multi-year grants. While we still expect to make a few smaller grants each year, all projects must meet the criteria set out in our grant guidelines. One particularly important requirement is that the land's wilderness qualities be protected by a conservation easement or equivalent permanent legal instrument.
We welcome you to this web site and counsel those who may be seeking grants to read on prior to submitting a funding request. We encourage all readers to learn about the lands that Sweet Water Trust has protected on the Protected Lands page and to read the rationale for protecting wildlands, especially at a landscape-scale, on the Why Wild page. Why Wild also has links to other organizations that protect land in its natural state – or advocate for such protection. Our Maps pages show the status of protected lands in the Northern Appalachian region. Finally, we encourage you to go to the Conservation Easements section of this web site for sample language to include in conservation easements that protect land as wild.
Thank you for visiting our website and for your efforts on behalf of widerness conservation,
Sweet Water Trust
Walker Buckner, Trustee
For inquiries regarding grants or general matters relating to Sweet Water Trust, please contact:
Eve Endicott, Executive Director
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