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Maine Coastal Public Access Guide

Get yours today! The Maine Coastal Public Access Guide is a comprehensive three-volume guide to over 700 publicly-accessible shore sites along the coast of Maine from Kittery to Calais. Read more and order online.

Save the Date for Conference 2015

The Maine Land Conservation Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 24th & 25th, 2015 in Topsham, Maine. Please mark your calendars!

L.L.Bean Grantees Announced

Congratulations to the six organizations that were successful in their bid for an L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant. They are: Boothbay Region Land Trust, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Mahoosuc Land Trust, and Somerset Woods Trustees.

Featured Conservation Story

Photo by Chris Covel

Becoming Part of the Community Fabric

Submitted by Damariscotta River Association - At the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, the Chamber presented their Community Service Organization of the Year award to the Damariscotta River Association (DRA). The award is given to one organization in the greater Damariscotta region each year "For enhancing the community by adding to the well-being and quality of life in the region." Read more.

Land Trust News

Maine Court Ruling Clarifies that Land Trusts are Eligible for Property Tax Exemption

We are very pleased to share with you the news that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that land conservation is a charitable purpose under the Maine Property Tax Exemption statute. The ruling settles a dispute between the Town of Limington and Francis Small Heritage Trust (FSHT) regarding the property tax exempt eligibility of FSHT's preserves. [read more]

A Primer on Property Tax Procedural Choices

By Rob Levin, Esq. -- Rob Levin is a Maine attorney who specializes in land conservation and nonprofit organizations. Rob recently assisted a Maine arts organization in successfully challenging a town's denial of property tax exemption, and has advised Maine... [read more]