Outstanding! Sarah Medina of Seven Islands receives 2018 Abby Holman Public Service Award


“In recognition of her lifelong commitment to Maine’s natural environment and those that enjoy it, with particular focus on her work with North Maine Woods, IF&W’s Sportsman / Landowner relations program, Maine Snowmobilers Association, Maine Sporting Camp Owners Association, Maine’s UT land use planning, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and her leadership at UMaine.”

Steve Schley, president of Pingree Associates in Bangor from 1989 to 2017, presented the Abby Holman award to Sarah Medina, Seven Islands land use director, saying, “It gives me great pleasure this evening to present the Maine Forest Products Council Abby Holman Public Service Award.  Abby Holman devoted herself to this industry and her clients and this evening’s recipient has done the same.  I have been my privileged to call Sarah Medina a friend for over 40 years.  One of the first times I met her she loaned me her motorcycle so I could take a run to the coast and see my grandparents.

“Some of you may not know that Sarah Medina was the first female graduate of UMaine’s forestry school.  Sarah has served on UMaine curriculum and accreditation committees, their Forest Resource Advisory Committee (FRAC), and participated in classroom settings inspiring other women to pursue the profession. 

“Seven Islands Land Company was lucky enough to hire Sarah out of college and is been blessed that she remains an integral part of the team today.  Sarah has marked wood for harvest, laid out roads and just about everything else you can imagine but her work with the public sector is why she is being recognized tonight.

“Sarah was there when LURC was created by the legislature.  She has worked with LURC issues, now LUPC, her entire career and I have often heard it said that as LURC staffers came and went, everyone recognized that Sarah knows Unorganized Territory regulatory and management issues better than anyone.  Sarah has the same experience with Maine’s Tree Growth Tax law, witnessing its birth and participating in the constant legislative consideration for change.  Sarah has had a lifelong passion for in-woods recreation helping found North Maine Woods for public use accommodation and has always been an active participant in Maine’s snowmobile industry.

“Sarah has been mentoring Hannah Stevens at Seven Islands in Bangor for the last couple of years.  Hannah has noted that Sarah is known all over the state, not only within the forest industry, but within state agencies, non-profits, and other outside groups.  Hannah remembers a staff member at a land trust remarking that before she writes a reply email to someone on any remotely contentious issue she takes a breath and thinks, “what would Sarah write?”  Sarah has an amazing way of stating her (or the company’s) position on an argument firmly and professionally with a wealth of background information to support her point.  She has a long track record of working with different folks to find common ground on which to proceed, and also with holding strong when needed. 

“Sarah is generous.  She is generous with her time and her knowledge.  She has a great passion for education, evidenced by her long service to organizations like Girl Scouts and Project Learning Tree.  She’s been involved with Make-A-Wish projects and many other things in her personal time, like her hometown food co-op.

“I am very pleased to present Sarah the 2018 Abby Holman Public Service Award.”

John McNulty, Alex Ingraham, Hannah Stevens, Sarah Medina and Steve Schley.