Diapensia on Mt Washington, New Hampshire

Conservation Work

Laura Waterman: “My commitment to conservation and how we came to found The Waterman Fund grew from hiking and climbing in our Northeastern mountains. Guy and I saw how we hikers ourselves impact fragile terrain, especially above treeline. We began writing to express our abiding affection and respect for our stunning mountain landscapes, and in an attempt to broadcast our ideas of environmental protection and ethical responsibility that could lead all of us to become caring stewards of wildness. Guy Waterman’s death in 2000 sparked his friends to create The Waterman Fund (see below) to further his work on behalf of the wilderness values he championed and the ethic stewardship ethic he embodied.”

Guy Waterman-rock climber, conservationist, author

Tribute to Guy Waterman (1932-2000)…

Guy Waterman, explorer, climber, trail maintainer, writer, and visionary, wrote books and articles that have profoundly affected and inspired many people who care about the mountains of the Northeast. It is Guy’s vision of the spirit of wildness that makes his writing so unique and compelling.
The Waterman Fund logo

The Waterman Fund fosters the spirit of wildness and strengthens the stewardship and understanding of the alpine areas of Northeastern North America to conserve their ecological, cultural, and recreational values. We pursue this mission through education, trail rehabilitation, and research.

The Waterman Fund grants program, which was started in 2002, has awarded 93 grants totaling $230,000. These grants have supported trail work, stewardship, education, and research across the alpine of Northeastern North America.

Among the grants the Fund has awarded are:

  • Green Mountain Club for alpine zone informational signage and trail rehabilitation.
  • Adirondack Mountain Club for trail work to preserve fragile alpine vegetation on Mt. Haystack and Skylight Mountain.
  • Maine Appalachian Trail Club for their Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner program.
  • Museum of the White Mountains to help implement a major exhibit designed to engage visitors in wilderness ethics.
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“What else is wildness? Certain attributes come to mind: remoteness, inaccessibility, uncertainty, mystery. A wild place can be a difficult place uncomfortable for humans. And we should seek to keep it that way, not try to make it safer, more comfortable, more like the civilization we leave behind.”
–Wilderness Ethics
For more information, visit watermanfund.org
Read The Waterman Fund’s newsletter, The Alpine Steward
The Waterman Fund 20th Anniversary Report

The Waterman Fund 20th Anniversary Report [PDF]