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”, our mission is 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 27 years, we have succeeded in all of these three areas:
- IIT has protected more than 940 acres of land and twelve 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 was one of the first land trusts in Maine to offer environmental education programs, and we continue to provide a full array of options for both children and adults. We offer sea kayak camping trips for teens, a nature day camp for children, field trips and service learning projects for students, and a summer nature walk series for adults. All of our education programs are offered to the community free of charge.
- IIT has played a leadership role in many local and regional issues over the years. We support local planning efforts and grassroots environmental work, and guide regional issues towards better environmental outcomes.
Board of Trustees
Charles Verrill, President
Christopher Allen, Vice President
Langhorne Smith, Treasurer
James Mitchell, Secretary
Thomas L. Tutor
|Mary Beth Blake
Thomas Gill, Jr.
James D. Houghton
~ Staff ~
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.
Arlee Woodworth Morris and her husband, Chris, moved to Islesboro in the fall of 2015 after spending the prior four years in Boston. Arlee is pleased to be involved with IIT and to continue learning more about the island’s rich conservational history. Arlee is a yoga teacher, doula, painter, knitter and weaver in her free time.
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.