The 2015 Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) Conservation Award was presented to former Executive Director Mark Berry for his eight years of hard work and dedication to DLLT and to the people of the Downeast Lakes region. Presented by Board President and Vermont Poet Laureate, Syd Lea, the award was given at DLLT’s Annual Meeting and Picnic.
Under Mark’s leadership, DLLT conserved 370,000 acres as part of the Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership campaign, purchased the 6,700-acre Wabassus Lake Tract, and launched the West Grand Lake Community Forest Project. Mr. Berry is currently the President and CEO of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, located in Winter Harbor, ME.
“In his eight years as executive director, Mark worked tirelessly on behalf of DLLT with an innovative and conscientious approach to conservation,” said DLLT Executive Director David Montague. “He devoted himself wholeheartedly to DLLT’s mission, and this recognition of his hard work is well deserved.”
The award was a white ash canoe paddle, handmade by local craftsman Dale Tobey and wood-burned by Deb McMichael, 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.