The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is announcing the resignation of Kyle Burdick as Community Forest Manager. Kyle has managed DLLT’s forestry operations since 2009, and in 2014 he assumed responsibility for all aspects of managing the Farm Cove Community Forest. Throughout his tenure, Kyle has remained dedicated to DLLT’s mission of exemplary management of the forests and waters of the Downeast Lakes region. Kyle’s expertise in modern conservation forestry has helped to balance DLLT’s goals of habitat improvement, public access, and sustainable timber management while working closely with the community and fellow professionals.
“Kyle’s contributions to the creation and implementation of DLLT management plans for the community forest are enormously beneficial to the resource and to the community. They are a permanent and positive legacy,” said Ed McGrath, DLLT director and Forest Resources Committee chairman.
Kyle is leaving the Downeast Lakes Land Trust to accept a position as forester for the Baskahegan Company in Brookton. “This is a great opportunity for Kyle to work with a leading commercial timber company in the region,” said DLLT Executive Director David Montague. “All of us at DLLT are sorry to see him go, but we wish him well at Baskahegan Company.”
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust manages the 34,000-acre Farm Cove Community Forest for Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable timber products. The forestry program is an integral part of DLLT’s ongoing efforts to manage habitat for fish and wildlife while contributing to a traditional natural resources-based economy rooted in the working forests of Downeast Maine. DLLT’s dedicated Forest Resources Committee, composed of community members and industry professionals, will oversee the Trust’s forestry operations until a new Community Forest Manager is hired.