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 Calais with his wife and two kids and assorted animals, and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, sailing, and gardening.

Danielle Daggett

Administration Manager
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Danielle joined DLLT in June 2022. She is not a new face in town as she was the manager of the Grand Lake Stream Post Office before it’s closure in 2012. Since that time she has worked as a teller at a bank, and also as an Operations Assistant Manager at a real estate company in Bangor. She and her husband, along with their chocolate lab and 2 cats reside on Musquash Lake in Topsfield.

Ernest Carle

Managing Forester
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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.

Susan Bard

Natural Resources Manager
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Susan joined DLLT in July 2021. She has a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Unity College, and a Master of Science degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University. She is a Registered Maine guide and also manages a sporting lodge in Grand Lake Stream. She has many outdoor hobbies, but a few of them include hunting, fishing, hiking, and shed hunting.

Sarah Cote

Education and Volunteer Coordinator
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Sarah joined DLLT in August of 2021. Her passion for outdoor recreation, wildlife conservation, and connecting people to nature led her to accomplish a degree in Wildlife & Conservation Biology from the University of New Hampshire. She enjoyed traveling the country and working many seasonal wildlife technician jobs before settling down in Princeton and coming to work at DLLT. You may run into her birdwatching on local hiking trails, paddling her kayak on Big Lake, or practicing nature photography around town. 

Nicole Nygren

Development and Outreach Manager
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Nicole joined DLLT in July of 2022. She has a B.A.S. degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Montana. Previously, Nicole directed a Department of Education grant program. When not in the office, she enjoys exploring, swimming, reading, and trying new recipes. She lives in Princeton with her husband and two daughters in addition to a variety of animals.