ISLESBORO — Islesboro Islands Trust announced today that it has engaged the services of Washington, D.C., technical consultant Dawson & Associates to undertake what it called “an impartial review of currently available reports describing a Maine offshore wind assembly, manufacturing and launching hub in Searsport.”

According to the trust’s March 9 press release, Dawson & Associates provided what became known as the “Dawson Alternative” in the debate over extensive enlargement of the entry to Mack Point. The firm concluded in 2014 that a viable, less environmentally damaging alternative to what was proposed could accomplish the project goals.

Dawson & Associates has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, and the United States Congress, according to the press release.

Islesboro Islands Trust Executive Director Steve Miller said in the announcement that the firm will also review federal permitting requirements for the proposed offshore wind facility, including federal permits under sections 408, 10 and 404 of the Clean Water Act.

“We are pleased that Dawson & Associates can again bring their technical expertise to bear on such an important Penobscot Bay matter, in this case, the substantial offshore wind facility siting question now under consideration by the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Energy Office,” Miller said.

Stakeholder review of the matter will begin in April, conducted by the Maine Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Energy Office, the announcement said, and Hannah Pingree, director of Gov. Mills’ Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, told the land trust that it will have a seat in the stakeholder inquiry.