News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 3, 2018
Island Heritage Trust hires new director

Island Heritage Trust announces new director

Island Heritage Trust recently announced the arrival of Paul Miller who will succeed Mike Little as the trust’s new executive director, effective June 1.

Photo courtesy of Island Heritage Trust

Island Heritage Trust recently announced the arrival of Paul Miller, who will succeed Mike Little as the trust’s new executive director, effective June 1, when Little will retire after 10 years of service. For May, Little and Miller will work together in order to effect a smooth transition.

Miller, a graduate of Maine’s Unity College, holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Sustainable Resource Management. He comes to IHT with extensive experience in land conservation, including monitoring and documenting easements and fee lands, species mapping, habitat restoration and stewardship of protected lands, and surveying and assessing vernal pools. In addition, he has experience in data base development, grant writing and administration, as well as project management.

Most recently he served as Conservation Biologist for the Loon Echo Land Trust in Bridgton, where he was responsible for managing that trust’s easements and preserves. He also worked for the Maine Natural Areas Program, assisting with the collection of ecological data in the floodplain forests of the Androscoggin, Kennebec and Saco River watersheds. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Okeechobee, Florida, where he conducted annual monitoring for the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow—“the most endangered bird in the continental U.S.”—as part of the management and conservation of the 54,000 acre preserve.

Miller and his wife, Sue, come to the Blue Hill Peninsula from Bridgton.