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), Haven Ladd (Treasurer), Sue Stafford (Secretary), Harry Brigham, Halsey Burgund, Anna Congdon, Shey Conover, Benjamin Dove, Mark Haffenreffer, Devie Hamlen, Isabel Jackson, Jon Kerr, Eloise Lawrence, Candice Provey, Langhorne B. Smith, Thomas L. Tutor


Lifetime Trustees

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


Advisory Council

Mary Beth Blake, Johnna Brazier, Mary Caulkins, Jonathan Cohen, Todd Congdon, Thomas Gill, Jr., Archibald Gillies, Margery Hamlen, Pegram Harrison, Jewell Hausmann, Jenn Hayden, James D. Houghton, Owen Howell, Michael Hutcherson, Pam Larson, Edward Lawrence, Robert Luxembourg, Jim Mitchell, Julie Pershan, Janis Petzel, Stephen Phillips, Shar Piper, Josh Read, Dustin Reidy, Julie Reidy, Carlisle Rex-Waller, Beverly 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 JouleEnvironmental 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.








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.









Robynanne Congdon

Robynanne Congdon: Administrative Assistant

Robyn moved to Islesboro in 1984. By 1989, she was living off the grid, building a home, raising a family and fully committed to the island community. An island gardener for twenty-five years, she thrives in the beauty and diversity of our natural landscape. Contributing to land preservation at IIT fits perfectly with her love of the outdoors. In her spare time, she likes to sing and play guitar.










Brian Evans

Brian Evans: Assistant Steward

Brian moved to Islesboro in 2019.  Two years ago, Brian and his wife Wendy visited the island on a random road trip, fell in love with the area and 6 months later became full-time residents. He believes being an active member of IIT is an important part of protecting/supporting the island’s history, beauty and culture. When not hiking the Islesboro islands Trust trails, Brian spends his time recording music, reading, growing Jalapenos and walking his dogs Newt and Nina.






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

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