Candidates from Union, Southport Island carry experience in conservation

Two vie for Conservation District Board of Supervisors

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 4:15pm

    Each fall Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District holds an election for one three-year position on the five-member Board of Supervisors. This year’s candidates for the open position of supervisor are Robyn Tierney of Union and Nancy Prisk of Southport Island.

    Robyn Tierney recently moved to Union after semi-retiring from a career as a restoration ecologist and project manager in New Mexico. With a PhD in grassland ecology, Tierney has worked as an environmental and land management consultant and was an assistant professor at two universities in the Rocky Mountain west. She became involved with the District board in 2018 and, in 2019, was elected to fill the remaining one-year term of a retiring board member. Tierney is concerned with issues of soil erosion, water quality and climate change and brings decades of experience in ecological restoration, wildlife biology and botany, according to KLSWCD, in a news release.

    Nancy Prisk lives on Southport Island and has been a member of the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission for about five years, including three years on the Executive Committee. In 2015, she co-founded Land for Southport's Future, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose goal is to preserve open land, natural habitats and public access to the shoreline. Prisk also founded and serves as chairperson of the Southport Island Community Broadband Initiative, which is working to provide all island residents with affordable high-speed Internet service. She is a non-traditional student at the University of Maine in an interdisciplinary master’s program in land use, community engagement and native studies.

    All registered voters in Knox and Lincoln counties are eligible to participate in the election. Eligible voters may download ballots and voter registration affidavits from the district website,, or receive a ballot in the mail by contacting the office at 596-2040 or

    Ballots and voter registration affidavits must be mailed or hand-delivered to the district office at 893 West St, Rockport, ME 04856 and received by Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2 p.m. (extended deadline).

    Ballots will be counted on Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 at the district’s monthly board meeting and election results will be published on the KLSWCD website. FMI, please visit the website or call or email the office.