Governor's Budget Targets Nonprofits
Governor LePage's proposed budget includes provisions that will negatively impact the work of Maine's land trusts and the state's broader nonprofit community. Read more.
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.
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!
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.
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
Governor LePage's proposed 2016/2017 biennial budget includes provisions that will negatively impact the work of Maine's land trusts and the state's broader nonprofit community. The proposal includes taxing certain nonprofit properties, including conservation lands, and repealing itemized deductions for charitable... [read more]
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]