Our History


Guy Waterman was a hiker, musician, mountaineer, prolific author, homesteader, and lover of the wild. Together with his wife Laura, he helped pioneer the Leave No Trace ethic and started important conversations about both the physical and spiritual qualities of wildness, and the role of thoughtful human stewardship in wild places.

His death in 2000 sparked friends and admirers to create a memorial fund to further Guy's work and spirit on behalf of the wilderness values he championed.

Since its inception in 2000, over 500 individual donors and foundations have supported the efforts of the Waterman Fund. The Fund has awarded numerous grants, as well as bestowing its annual Alpine Steward Award.

We welcome your participation.

"The Fund will fulfill the vision for protecting the mountain stewardship in the Northeast. Laura and Guy have made such an extraordinary contribution toward preserving our wilderness and our mountains. The Fund is a wonderful testament to all your good works."
Robert L. Lincoln Jr.
Director of Development, Green Mountain Club