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.
Access For All to Public Lands
A new booklet from the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association addresses the considerations involved with creating equitable access to public lands. Read more.
Featured Conservation Story
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
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]
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]