In memorium: Sherry Huber

The Land Trust Alliance family sends condolences to the family and friends of Sherry Huber — we will always remember her decades of hard work for the causes we all believe in.

By Jameson French September 9

Sherry Huber was passionate about working forests. She was also passionate about conservation — especially the protection of those beloved working forest landscapes. That combination of passions not only benefited her beloved home state of Maine, but also the entire land trust community. 

Sherry served as a Land Trust Alliance board member from 2007-2016, was a huge supporter of our expanded advocacy program and a regular attendee at early Advocacy Days events. Her deep well of connections in Maine meant that Sherry could easily get in-person meetings with Senators Angus King and Susan Collins and made sure they both were signed on to bills the Alliance cared about. Her experience on the boards of the Forest Society of Maine, the Falmouth Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy in Maine, as well as her job as executive director of the Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) enabled her to speak firmly and articulately about conservation easements, Forest Legacy Program funding and other forest policy issues. 

Sherry was an excellent fundraiser. She was a strong advocate for the Land Trust Alliance starting an endowment and was a founding member of the Alliance’s Legacy Society, and her generosity will ensure her legacy lives on. She also was a vice chair of the Alliance’s first capital campaign and managed the New England regional campaign efforts. For those of us in the wood business with any connection to Maine, Sherry was a pit bull when it came to renewing your support of MaineTREE! 

It is hard to imagine a Maine conservation and forest community without Sherry. She was, as many have noted since her passing in June, a force of nature — well informed and always willing to speak her mind on a variety of subjects. Like many old-school conservationists in northern New England, she started off as a moderate Republican and tried hard to keep the party of Teddy Roosevelt connected to its environmental roots. She would later become an Independent, and even ran for governor as an Independent in 1986. 

Sherry Huber was a good friend and an invaluable advisor during my tenure on the Alliance board. The Land Trust Alliance family sends condolences to her family and friends, and we will always remember her decades of hard work for the causes we all believe in. 

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