Remembering Libby Mills and her invaluable contributions to conservation

We have sad news to pass along about a loss in the Pinnacle community. Libby Mills, a driving force in so much of what we have accomplished, died on Jan. 12, 2023, after a brief illness.

Libby, who had recently turned 94, returned to her native Maine for her final days and was in a beloved spot near the water, surrounded by loving friends and family.

She was a board member for almost 30 years and did it all—working with landowners to expand the Pinnacle’s network of conserved land; lining up funding with state officials and other donors; rooting out invasive species on work crews; leading wildflower walks; hiking the entire trail system in sections at age 91; and inspiring other board members with her passion and delight in the land. Libby served as a longtime board member of the Putney Mountain Association, as well.

Libby was also the co-author, with Rosalyn Shaoul, of the invaluable history, The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association’s Story: How did they get all that land?

A Celebration of Life service is planned for Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at The Putney School.

We take solace in knowing that Libby lives on in the miles and miles of woods she helped protect and in the hearts of people across northern New England who cherish her memory.

Libby Mills holding skunk currant
Libby Mills holds a leaf of skunk currant (Ribes glandulosum). Photo by Andrew Toepfer