First Light Delegation

The First Light Delegation was created to collaborate with and respond to the Wabanaki Commission on Land and Stewardship at the speed of trust. 

The Commission and the Delegation develop tools for return and build capacity among Wabanaki. The Delegation consists of representatives from across Maine organizations– big and small, northern and southern, focused on land and waters– and seeks to build a model of effective collaboration across non-native and Wabanaki communities.

 If your organization would like to get involved with First Light, please reach out to a Delegation member.

Current Members

  • Jess Burton


    Executive Director at Momentum Conservation

    Liaison and communicator with the conservation community

  • Susan Caldwell


    Conservation Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy

    Liaison with potential private land donors

  • Betsy Cook


    Maine State Director at Trust for Public Land

  • Jennifer Melville


    Board member at Maine Conservation Alliance & Maine Conservation Voters

  • Ethan Miller


    Organizational Development Coordinator & Resident Member at Land in Common

    Liason for cooperative land governance

  • Kristin Peet


    Forestland Conservation Specialist at Forest Society of Maine

    Land Projects, Cultural Access Tools, Wildlife Projects Liason

  • Steve Tatko


    Maine Woods Initiative Land Manager at Appalachian Mountain Club

    Liason for Cultural access tools (Harvest permits)

  • Ciona Ulbrich


    Senior Project Manager at Maine Coast Heritage Trust

    Liason for Cultural access tools (Various tools), land projects

Past Members

  • Molly Payne Wynne


    Freshwater Program Director at The Nature Conservancy

    River and Fisheries Project Liaison

Coordinating Land Trust Communication and Action

The role of the First Light Delegation

The Delegation primarily collaborates with the Wabanaki Commission on Land and Stewardship to develop processes and tools for sharing or returning land. Another important role of the Delegation is to serve as a liaison between the conservation community and the Tribes. The Delegation is available to receive requests from the larger conservation community in Maine about Wabanaki engagement and considers (with Wabanaki input) whether that engagement would be a benefit to the Tribes. This process hopefully minimizes the administrative and communication burden on Tribal representatives.

The Delegation can be helpful as your first contact when your organization has a question about Wabanaki engagement projects or participating in the collective of First Light. They will consider your question and respond or connect you with a member of the Wabanaki Commission for further conversations.

As part of their service on the Delegation, member organizations are required to send a letter to First Light committing to sharing the resources needed for this work.

Read more about the terms and commitments of participation in the Delegation.