The 2017 Downeast Lakes Conservation Award was presented to former DLLT Board Member Karin Tilberg by DLLT Board Member Edward McGrath and DLLT Executive Director David Montague at DLLT’s annual meeting and picnic.
A longtime supporter and champion of conservation in Maine, Karin’s expertise was crucial to the early success of DLLT. During the formation of DLLT, she offered invaluable advice that helped to frame DLLT’s goals and vision for the conservation of the Downeast Lakes region. With her input, DLLT and partners launched the Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership, resulting in the conservation of over 340,000 acres in 2008. Karin continues her work in land conservation by serving as Deputy Director of the Forest Society of Maine since 2011.
“Karin’s conscientious and thorough understanding of the complexities involved in conserving land for diverse interests has served DLLT and Maine’s conservation community throughout her career,” said DLLT Executive Director David Montague. “She truly embodies the DLLT commitment to ‘Forests and Lakes, for People, Forever!’”
“This is such an honor,” said Karin. “I’m very humbled and very grateful for this award.”
In accepting the award, Karin reflected on the early days of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, and noted how courageous local residents were in the face of a changing landscape and daunting challenge. “I’ve seen acts of courage in my professional life, but this was at the top. And it continues today.”
Karin was awarded a white ash canoe paddle, handmade by local craftsman Dale Tobey and wood-burned by Michelle Burke, a Grand Lake Stream artist. The Downeast Lakes Conservation Award was created to honor those who have made extraordinary contributions toward the long-term economic and environmental well-being of the Downeast Lakes region of Maine.