About Us

Our Office


Cedar Waxwing



Linnell Mather, Executive Director

Kerry Hardy, Steward

Sheri Romer-Day, Office Assistant and Monitoring Oversight

Sherry Rega, Programs Coordinator


Over 30 Years of Conservation


Vinalhaven Land Trust was incorporated in 1986, near the beginning of the land trust movement in downeast Maine. Since then, VLT has succeeded in conserving many “whole places” that have significant natural features and little or no development. Working with landowners and partner groups, Vinalhaven Land Trust has helped to preserve:

  • 700 acres along the tranquil Perry Creek inlet
  • 90 contiguous acres and 1.5 miles of unbroken shoreline around Whitmore Pond at the head of Crockett Cove, a rare salt marsh habitat with abundant wildlife (partnership with MCHT)
  • Starboard Rock
  • four of the islands and seabird nesting colonies in the Brimstone archipelago
  • in partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust and landowners, 745 acres of highly scenic and ecologically rich land around the Basin, a 360 acre tidal embayment
  • four undeveloped islands in Seal Bay, an inlet renowned for its wild beauty
  • eleven preserves with 15 miles of diverse hiking trails for all abilities
  • important acreage in the town watershed
  • Tip Toe Mountain, a beloved peak overlooking the Fox Islands Thorofare and beyond
In addition to these wonderful preserves, Vinalhaven Land Trust has worked closely with the community on a number of additional endeavors. These other accomplishments include:
  • over twenty years of environmental education programming at Vinalhaven School, cooperating with professional organizations to teach about ecology, sustainability, aquaculture, and conservation
  • a bustling Walks and Talks program that features guided excursions and expert presentations all year round
  • a Story Trail that encourages readers of all ages to follow the pages of a children's story through the forest and down to the shores of the Basin
  • a supportive and productive relationship with the town and its protected land