Hans Carlson is Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s second Executive Director. A forest and environmental historian, he holds an MA from the University of Vermont, and a PhD from the University of Maine. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and the State University of New York, and is the author of Home Is The Hunter: The James Bay Cree and Their Land, as well as other articles about the Cree. Hans has also recently published Walking Toward Moosalamoo: A Natural History of Terra Nullius. He has traveled extensively in northern Quebec and Labrador, since the early 1980s, and in addition to carrying out research on the north, he has led wilderness canoe trips and experiential-learning trips for undergrads and adults. While at the University of Maine, he helped author parts of the Historical Atlas of Maine, carrying out research on the environmental history and historical geography of this state. He was most recently the Director of Great Mountain Forest, a 6300-acre working and research forest in northwestern Connecticut, which has been under conservation for over a century. In addition to his professional work, he is an avid outdoors-man, a woodworker, and boat-builder.
“I have lived all but a few years of my life in rural New England, where I have engaged with issues of land use and the environment. These have been lifelong concerns, brought into sharp focus by my research and my work in conservation. My work in the north, and with Native peoples, has also given me a perspective on this landscape that I bring to my current position. People have been working this landscape, with their hands and their ideas, for thousands of years, and we will continue to do that into the future. In doing that, I believe that we have a responsibility to pass the land on to future generations in as good or better shape than we took it over. I believe too that we have a responsibility to pass along an appreciation for the land, and the lessons we have learned, and both these responsibilities define the stewardship work done by organizations like Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Both too are the service that we can provide the communities which support us, and help tie people to the land upon which we all rely.”
George Fields joins the staff as our first Associate Director in February 2014. He was previously co-principal at a land surveying firm and the part-time Stewardship Director at Island Heritage Trust since 2008. A professional geologist in Maine and New Hampshire, George has earned degrees from Southern Illinois University and North Carolina State University. He has traveled within and outside the country conducting environmental and geophysical surveys for private and governmental agencies. George has been in the Blue Hill Peninsula area for 10 years and currently lives in Deer Isle with his wife, Pam. He loves hiking, canoeing, kayaking, traveling and working in the vegetable garden. When asked about his new position, George responded, “I am excited about the varied nature of the properties that the Trust has protected to date and the expectation of what lies ahead. It is beyond satisfying that I can play a small part in helping others experience and live in such a beautiful and bountiful landscape for years to come.”
Chrissy Beardsley Allen, a native of the Blue Hill Peninsula, has deep roots in her community. After growing up in Surry and Penobscot, she graduated from George Stevens Academy and went on to complete her degree in philosophy and history from the University of Maine. After spending five years in Michigan she returned to Maine to complete a teaching certificate in secondary English and raise her two children, Adie and Corwin, with her husband Luke. She has diverse experience in event planning, marketing, web design, hospitality, and community outreach and education.
Chrissy grew up on King Hill Farm in Penobscot and spent her summers exploring the forests and beaches on her family’s land on Weymouth Point in Surry. This has instilled in her the importance of soil protection and made her an advocate for land preservation. She is excited to join the conservation movement so that her children, and generations to come, will also be able to enjoy these great natural playgrounds of Maine.
Sandy Walczyk, Sandy has had a life-long passion for wildlife, plants, and all things outdoors, which she has translated into a career in natural resources management. After studying wildlife biology and conservation policy at College of the Atlantic, she worked as a wildlife research technician at a variety of positions around the country. She also tried her hand at carpentry, landscaping, and arboriculture before returning to school at the University of Maine for a Masters degree in Forestry. Since graduating she has worked in a variety of positions in the Maine forest industry and most recently spent four years as a District Forester with the Maine Forest Service. Sandy has spent most of her adult life learning to understand, protect and manage the forest of eastern Maine and she very happy to join the dedicated team at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust and to begin management of the Trust’s newly acquired forestland.
When not working in the woods, Sandy enjoys hiking, running, kayaking, renovating her old home, working in her vegetable garden and training Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Kayla Small, is an Ellsworth native where she still resides with her two children, Claire and Ian. Before joining the BHHT team in 2017 Kayla spent eleven years in the outdoor industry with Hydro-Photon, Inc, makers of the SteriPEN, a handheld UV water purifier which was created right here in Blue Hill, Maine!
Kayla enjoys being outside, hiking, playing with her son, drawing and painting with her daughter, reading, running, and four-wheeling with her family.
Having admired the Trust and all it has accomplished to preserve the peninsula, she is incredibly happy to become part of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust family and she looks forward to working with all of the wonderful staff, members, volunteers, and friends that make the Trust such an amazing organization!
Landere Naisbitt has called the Blue Hill Peninsula home since she moved here from Idaho with her mom and sisters as a child in 1996. Having spent most of her childhood outdoors she grew to love the plants, animals, and landscape of the coast and is excited to have the opportunity to share with the community her passion for this special place. After renting in many of the area towns including South Blue Hill, East Blue Hill, Brooklin, Sedgwick, Deer Isle, Penobscot, and Surry, she became familiar with the micro-landscapes of each unique place and looks forward to knowing them better through the lens of conservation and education.
For the past 10 years Landere has worked in the field of education in various capacities: public school, waldorf-inspired programs, and outdoor education arenas including forest school, farm-based education, and summit stewarding. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine and a masters in Environmental Studies and Education from Antioch University, New England. She is an advocate for all children playing in the outdoors as much as possible and hopes to help bring more opportunity for this to the public schools of the area to increase well-being, connection, and stewardship ethics.
Landere loves wandering in the woods, gardening, knitting, illustrating native plants, and starting fires in her woodstove.
Julianne Taylor, is the education coordinator for the Explore Outdoors! program, which is a collaborative project between Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Downeast Audubon, and Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. Julianne has been working in the education field, both classroom instruction and interpretive naturalist work, for over fifteen years. She earned her B.A. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic. Her studies intertwined marine sciences and education. Prior to working with the Explore Outdoors! program and BHHT, she assisted in marine mammal research and education outreach programs with Allied Whale, Blue Ocean Society, and EcoHealth Alliance. She is excited to work with Blue Hill Heritage Trust and help in continuing to engage people with the natural places within their communities
Julianne lives on Mount Desert Island with her husband and daughter. Gardening, fishing, camping, and taking walks in the woods are ways she likes to spend time with her family outdoors!