Forests and Lakes – For People – Forever ®


David Montague

President & CEO
(207) 796-2100

David has been the Executive Director of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust since 2014, and is now serving as President and CEO.  Prior to joining DLLT, he worked in the outdoor recreation industry in Maine, Wyoming, and Virginia and conducted wildlife research in the northern Rockies, Appalachia, and Africa.  He is a Registered Maine Guide, and has degrees in wildlife biology from Colorado State and Virginia Tech.  He lives in Grand Lake Stream with his wife and assorted animals, and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, sailing, gardening, and renovating his 150-year-old farmhouse.

Laura Hunt

Administration Manager
(207) 796-2100

Laura has worked at DLLT since 2006. Her previous position was machine scheduler for Finished Products at Domtar Industries, Inc. in Baileyville. Laura worked 17 years with Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Domtar Industries holding positions ranging from Administrative Assistant to Environmental Specialist. Laura enjoys gardening and many outdoor activities.

Ernest Carle

Managing Forester
(207) 796-2100

Ernest joined DLLT in the winter of 2019.  A native of Princeton, ME, Ernest brings more than 40 years of forest management experience to DLLT.  Ernest holds a B.S. in Forest Engineering from the University of Maine – Orono.  In his spare time, Ernest enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, leading church services, and spending time with his four grandchildren.

Kendall O’Connell

Education and Events Coordinator
(207) 796-2100

Kendall joined the DLLT staff in August of 2019. She graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont with a degree in Biology and Writing. Before moving to Maine, Kendall worked as a naturalist in the lower Hudson Valley of New York and as an environmental educator all over New England. In her spare time Kendall enjoys rock climbing, reading, learning Norwegian, drinking coffee, and meeting dogs.

Lillian Bowen

Development and Outreach Manager
(207) 796-2100

Lillian joined the staff of DLLT in September of 2019. She graduated from North Carolina State University with degrees in Agricultural Business Management and Animal Science. Before moving to Maine, Lillian worked at an agricultural inputs company, an online agricultural school, and operated a grapple skidder for her family’s logging business in North Carolina. She lives in Kussoth, Maine, where her husband is a Registered Maine Guide who runs a family owned/operated guiding business. In her spare time Lillian enjoys spending time with her animals, reading, quilting, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing.