January 23, 2020
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Land trust hires new executive director

Community Author: Cheri Domina
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Cheri Domina | BDN
Cheri Domina | BDN

BUCKSPORT — Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is pleased to welcome Landon Fake as its new executive director. Fake will officially start in April, following the departure of long-time Director Cheri Domina.

Fake comes to the land trust world with a broad background in outdoor recreation and conservation, having served more than ten years as the Atlantic Region Director for Outward Bound, and most recently as Parks and Rec Director for Camden and general manager of the Camden Snow Bowl. Fake was also founder and first Executive Director for Mahoosuc Pathways in Bethel, where he led the community group in acquiring and managing a town forest and creating multi-use trails as a local amenity and economic driver. He served on the board of Mahoosuc Land Trust for ten years. Landon and his wife Margaret currently live in Hope and have two millennial daughters; he’s an avid outdoors person and has skied, paddled, climbed, hiked, and sailed all over the world, but always comes back to Maine.

“GPMCT is an exemplary land trust with a wide range of deep ties to the community,” Fake says. “Its large flagship property (the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands) accommodates several different types of recreation while maintaining strong wildlife conservation values. I’m honored and excited to be part of that and to work toward the next chapter in GPMCT’s history.”

GPMCT Board President Emily Hawkins noted that the GPMCT Board and staff are excited to welcome Landon as the organization’s first full-time director. “Landon has a depth and breadth of experience that will benefit all involved with the organization,” Hawkins said.

Cheri Domina, who retired in January, served 12 years as the land trust’s first executive director. After leading the trust through two capital campaigns conserving 4,500+ acres; spearheading the Trust’s 2014 accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance; and most recently, co-founding the Explore Outdoors! Program in collaboration with Downeast Audubon, Domina felt the call to move on to something different.

“I’m really going to miss all the great people at GPMCT and hiking in the Wildlands,” Domina said, “but I’ll be moving to a New Hampshire farm this summer that’s been in the family since 1800 and needs some TLC. I’m looking forward to a new adventure.”

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is the nonprofit land trust serving northwestern Hancock County. The organization holds the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland and the 80-acre Old Chapman Farm in Bucksport—in addition to conservation easements in Orland and Dedham—with many miles of trails open for recreational use. For more information, 469-6929 or www.greatpondtrust.org.