Tin Smith

Tin Smith lives in the Tatnic area of South Berwick and Wells with his wife Jane and works as Stewardship Coordinator at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. He is one of GWRLT’s founding members and a past-president. In his spare time he works with draft horses, kayaks the Maine coast and, of course, hikes.

Tin has received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the EPA's New England office.


Tin Smith Wins Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Tin Smith of Wells, a founding board member and former president of the Great Works Regional Land Trust, was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by EPA’s New England office and recognized as “a visionary and tireless leader in environmental protection and land conser­vation in southern coastal Maine for 35 years.”

Since 1970, EPA New England has recognized individuals and groups in the six New England states who have shown “particular ingenuity and commitment” in their efforts to protect or improve the region’s environment.

Thirty years ago a group of citizens worried by the rapid development of Southern Maine and its potential impact on environmentally sensitive and high value lands formed the Great Works Regional Land Trust. Smith took an immediate leadership role. He used his existing contacts in the conservation field to educate the novice volunteer board, and he continues to be the heart and soul of the Trust.

In addition to his leadership role (board president for 10 years), he has worked tirelessly on individual projects. Thanks in large part to his perseverance, the Trust has completed 119 land purchases or easements protecting 5,974 acres of valuable land in the six towns the Trust serves. Smith was one of the first to visualize and advocate for preserving the unique ecosystem of the 30,000-acre Mt Agamenticus area. He helped lead the effort to bring the individual towns, land trusts and conservation groups together to form the MTA2C (Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea) coalition.

Michael Wright, a founding GWRLT board member and its current president, believes Smith is most deserving of this award. “Tin has always shown that he is an innovative thinker when working with landowners and towns to find ways to protect our fields and forests, protect water quality and to provide public access to the natural places that are a respite from the demands of the modern world.”

In addition to the Land Trust, Smith has made invaluable contributions to other conservation efforts. He was part of the core group that had the vision in the early 1980s to protect the land and buildings at the former Laudholm Farm and to create the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. He has been an active member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association for 30 years, serving on the Board of Directors and providing hundreds of hours of volunteer services for MOFGA.

David McDermott, another GWRLT founding board member, feels it is only right that Smith's passionate, lifelong volunteer work be recognized by his peers, the community, and now the EPA. “It is hard to overstate the positive environmental impact Tin's leadership and thousands of hours of dedicated work have had on this region. Because of him, the quality of life we value in Maine has been immeasurably improved and preserved.”


  • The EPA also released a press release regarding the event. For the full article click here.