About Us

Islesboro Islands Trust is a non-profit land trust serving the community of Islesboro, in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. Founded in 1985 as Islesboro’s “environmental conscience”, we strive to enhance the quality of residents’ lives through the preservation of open space, educate all residents as to the value of the islands’ natural ecosystems, and act as an environmental advocate on behalf of Islesboro and the surrounding Penobscot Bay region. Over the past 31 years, we have succeeded in all of these three areas:

Land Protection

  • IIT has protected more than 1000 acres of land and almost 15 miles of shoreline on Islesboro. These conservation lands protect priceless ecological, recreational, and scenic resources that we hold in trust for the Islesboro community. Using a variety of land conservation tools, we continue to partner with landowners to ensure that Islesboro’s natural heritage remains intact.


  • IIT’s popular environmental education programs for both children and adults include a summer nature day camp for children, field trips and service learning projects for students, ecosystem focused walks for pre-teens, and a nature walk series for adults. We offer all of our education programs to the community free of charge.


  • IIT played a leadership role in many local and regional controversial environmental issues over the years. We support local planning efforts and grassroots environmental work, and guide regional issues towards better environmental outcomes.



Lily Guest
Dev Hamlen
Sue Hatch
Edward Lawrence
Steve Miller
Anne Owsley
Liberty Redmond
Lydia Rolerson


Board of Trustees

Sue Hatch, President
Christopher D. Allen, Vice President
Langhorne B. Smith, Treasurer
Sue Stafford, Secretary
Carla Brigham
Shey Conover
Anna Congdon
Andrew Coombs
Benjamin Dove
Devie Hamlen
Laura Houle
Isabel Jackson
Gladstone Jones
Haven Ladd
Eloise Lawrence
Diana Roberts
Thomas L. Tutor


Lifetime Trustees

Archibald Gilles
Devens Hamlen
Edward Lawrence
Liberty Redmond
Beverly Rogers
Charles Verrill

Advisory Council

Mary Beth Blake
Johnna Brazier
Maxwell Caulkins
Jonathan Cohen
Todd Congdon
Thomas Gill, Jr.
Archibald Gillies
Margery Hamlen
Pegram Harrison
Jewell Hausmann
James D. Houghton
Michael Hutcherson
Jon Kerr
Sandra Kramer
Pam Larson
Edward Lawrence
Robert Luxembourg
Nigel MacEwan
Deborah McNeil
Jim Mitchell
Stephen Phillips
Shar Piper
Josh Read
Julie Reidy
Dustin Reidy
Carlisle RexWaller
Bev Rogers
William Rosenberg
Pam Schreiber
Philip Seymour
Landon Thomas
Frances Train
Daniel Tutor
Virginia Valentine
Jennifer West


Staff and Contractors


Chloe Joule photo

Chloe Joule

Chloe Joule: Stewardship and Environmental Education Specialist

Chloe, a native to Maine, moved to Islesboro in 2013, and was immediately impressed by the islands’ unique beauty. She is now thrilled to have the opportunity to help in the conservation of it, by being the Trail Stewardship and Educational Program Leader for IIT. When she is not taking her daily trail walks with her dog, Tucker, Chloe enjoys working in her garden, crafting, and further exploring Islesboro and it’s neighboring islands by bike and kayak.







Richard Coombs

Richard Coombs


Richard Coombs: Administrative Assistant

A lifelong inhabitant of Islesboro, Richard Coombs is proud to be working with IIT. After a brief stint in the outside world to earn a degree in creative writing, he promptly returned to the island, where he is more than happy to contribute to the ongoing conservation of its beauty. A creative man at heart, Richard has always drawn inspiration and energy from the beauty of the island and looks forward to giving something back in return.









Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller: Executive Director

Steve Miller, one of Islesboro Islands Trust’s founders, became Executive Director in 1985, and has filled that position ever since. A life-long resident of Maine, Steve spends time in his woodworking shop, taking photographs and exploring Islesboro’s beaches and woodlands, when he isn’t otherwise engaged in IIT conservation.









Karen Betts: Island Expeditions Counselor
Lucas Boetsch: Island Expeditions Counselor
Jon Kerr: Trail and Property Manager
Kangas & Kangas: Certified Public Accountants
Brian Thomas, LLC: Legal Counsel
Madeline Tomlin Associates: Bookkeeping
Jairus Miller: Tech Support and Landscaping

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