Brad Sterl

With the Commission’s deepest condolences for a founding father of Ogunquit’s Conservation Commission and an active and dedicated member for 12 years, we remember Brad Sterl.

Brad Sterl, one of the founders of Ogunquit’s Conservation Commission, passed away November 6 after a period of failing health.

Having graduated from UNH with a degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and an Army stint as a medical lab specialist and then as a prep school teacher, Brad returned to Ogunquit, where he became a fisherman and Harbor Master.

From 1961 to 1992, Brad worked as a marine biologist for the Maine Department of Marine Resources where he developed into a formidable guardian of the environment, focusing on estuaries, watersheds, lobster and shellfish aquaculture. He felt his biggest accomplishment was as the first coordinator for the Wetlands Protection Laws of 1967-68.

Brad, his expertise, and dedication were widely respected throughout the Maine and Great Bay coastal regions; he continued to advocate for the environment after his retirement as a wetlands consultant and by serving for many years on the Great Works Regional Land Trust Board of Directors.

Brad was a founding member of the Ogunquit Conservation Commission. Earlier, he was elected to the Board of Overseers, then Board Chair. He helped lead Ogunquit’s independence from Wells in 1980, was elected to the Select Board and then moved to the Budget Committee and finally to the Conservation Commission that he helped found.

Brad Sterl applied his deep knowledge along with hundreds of hours of volunteer time to preserving the health and safety of our beach, wetlands, and fragile ecosystems. We need more people like Brad Sterl to help us continue his legacy.