News and Updates

Rally Coming to Providence, RI!

May 15, 2024

On September 25-28, 2024, Providence, Rhode Island will host the National Land Conservation Conference, better known as Rally. The annual gathering of land trust folks from all around the country is a unique opportunity for those of us in New England, and for our partners as well. Rally offers learning sessions focused…

Conservation Victories as Legislative Session Nears Completion

April 23, 2024

In the days leading up to their statutory adjournment date, Maine lawmakers from both sides of the aisle overwhelmingly supported two initiatives backed by the state’s land trust community: a blanket sales tax exemption for nonprofits and a $30 million Trails Bond. Sales Tax Exemption Maine currently exempts many nonprofits…

Final Month of 2024 Legislative Session

March 21, 2024

With the Maine Legislature set to adjourn in mid-April, policymakers are busy wrapping up work on what remains of the more than 2,250 bills that legislators have introduced over the past fifteen months. Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has been tracking and promoting a variety of initiatives in 2024, including…

Registration Now Open for the 2024 Maine Land Conservation Conference

March 7, 2024

We’re so excited to share this year’s Conference line-up! Registration has now begun for the Maine Land Conservation Conference, taking place April 12 and 13 in Topsham, Maine. We are honored to be hosting several Wabanaki speakers this year, and there will be opportunities to learn about cross-cultural collaborations on…

Priority Conservation Tax Legislation Moves Forward

February 14, 2024

Over the past year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has been advocating for changes to two unrelated state tax statutes: Sales Tax and Open Space.  While the legislature’s Taxation Committee was not prepared to support either initiative in 2023, they set in motion efforts to bring the proposals back in 2024.…

Call for Nominations for Espy Land Heritage Award

January 30, 2024

Nominations Due: Midnight, February 29, 2024 Each year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust presents the Espy Land Heritage Award to an individual, organization, agency, or coalition for exemplary conservation efforts in Maine. The award recognizes those who make outstanding contributions to land conservation in Maine while inspiring others. The recipient of…

State Legislative Session: 2024 Preview

January 16, 2024

The Maine Legislature returned to Augusta on January 3 to begin the second year of its two-year session. Committees are taking up hundreds of bills carried over from last spring and considering hundreds more before adjourning around mid-April. A variety of issues that are related to Maine’s land trust community…

Ten Land Trusts Across Maine Receive Funding for Priority Conservation Projects

December 13, 2023

Ten land trusts from across Maine recently were awarded funding through The L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program administered by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. The awards were made possible through the generous support of L.L.Bean and will fund 10 priority conservation projects from Saco to Dennysville. Since 2004, the L.L.Bean…

Call for Proposals: 2024 Maine Land Conservation Conference

November 8, 2023

Each year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust presents the Maine Land Conservation Conference for and with Maine’s robust land conservation community. We come together to train on best practices in all aspects of land trust work, connect with our peers, and grapple with the most pressing issues facing land conservation today. Maine…

Call for Host Organizations for the 2024 Richard G. Rockefeller Conservation Internship Program

October 12, 2023

Could your land trust use some extra hands next summer? Consider applying to host a Richard G Rockefeller Conservation Intern in 2024 Past hosts (and interns!) have raved about the experience on both ends. Land trusts get needed assistance with stewardship, programming, office support, and more, while helping to introduce…