ORONO, Maine — A conservationist who worked to protect mountains and lakes in Maine has died. Alan Hutchinson was 70.

The Brookings-Smith Funeral Home in Bangor says Hutchinson died Sunday at his home in Orono.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2gt0Ebb) that during his 20 years as executive director of the Forest Society of Maine, the small nonprofit grew into one of the nation’s largest land trust. During that time, Hutchinson played a major role in conserving more than 1 million acres in Maine.

He worked to protect the shoreline of Moosehead Lake, the West Branch of the Penobscot Mountain and Big Spencer Mountain.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said in a statement that Hutchinson will be “deeply missed, but he will long be remembered for his leadership and vision.”

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com