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Autumn 2023 – Changes at DLLT

October 12, 2023

Red Maple

Welcome Nicole Nygren as new Executive Director

Many of you have been asking about the new Executive Director: “Has someone been hired?” “Who is it?” and “When will the big announcement be made?” Here is the news you’ve been waiting to hear!

The Board of Directors at Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) welcomed Nicole Nygren as the new Executive Director on August 11, 2023. Nicole had been serving as the Acting Executive Director since the departure of David Montague, and prior to that was the Development and Outreach Manager for the Trust.

“Since I joined the Trust in July 2022, I have begun to understand and appreciate the many roles, activities, and relationships of DLLT in the local communities and the broader region,” says Nicole. “I am enthusiastic about taking this new role and working with the board, staff, and supporters to ensure a strong future for DLLT. There are several exciting projects currently underway including the preparations of a new headquarters, a capital campaign to conserve the 17-acre Big Sand Beach on Sysladobsis Lake, and an innovative collaboration with Meddybemps Lake Land Trust to conserve 499-acres.”

Nicole holds a Business Administration B.A.S. degree from the University of Montana – Western and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Montana. She has over a decade of supervisory experience, and is skilled at leading projects, grant programs, and engaging with committees.

Nicole and her husband Jeremiah have been married 16 years and are raising their children in Princeton, Maine.

Welcome Nicole!


New Headquarters – Update our Address

The Trust purchased 137 Milford Rd to become our new HQ in July. A dedicated team with volunteers, staff, and contractors have been working ever since to get the property and building ready for occupancy.

Update our mailing address in your records to:
Downeast Lakes Land Trust
137 Milford Rd
Grand Lake Stream, ME 04668

We will be keeping our same phone number: 207-796-2100

Volunteers needed Sunday October 22nd and Monday October 23rd

The BIG MOVING DAY is now scheduled! Volunteers needed for Sunday October 22nd and Monday October 23rd to help with packing boxes, loading and unloading pickups, and setting up furniture. Please send a short note to Danielle ( to let her know if you can help on one or both days, and if you have a pick-up or trailer that could be used.


Farewell to Sarah Cote

Sarah announced her resignation from her position as the Conservation Biologist and Educator. Her final day with DLLT will be on November 2nd. Sarah has an internship planned in South Africa during November and afterwards is anticipating furthering her career and education in the field of wildlife biology.

“I’ve enjoyed my time getting to know all of you and planning both events and school programs for people in the area. One of the highlights of my over two years at DLLT, was being able to create and display the signs on the Musquash Esker trail which I know many people will enjoy for years to come. Thank you all for helping make those signs a reality and donating your time to the education program here at DLLT. I wish you all much success into the future and hope that high quality outdoor and nature-based programs continue to nourish the minds of students, families, and visitors to Grand Lake Stream, Lakeville, and the surrounding areas.

Thank you all for your dedication, your kindness, and all of your wonderful ideas that you’ve brought. I hope to continue to see you around town in the future and possibly even doing some volunteering of my own.”

Thank you, Sarah, for the advancements you have made through your work with DLLT over the past two years! We wish you the very best in your future endeavors.