News and Updates

Maine Climate Council Receives Recommendations and Solicits Feedback

July 7, 2020

In June, the Maine Climate Council received 35 recommendations developed by six working groups between November 2019 and June 2020. Governor Mills and the state legislature established the council in 2019 and asked them to deliver a proposed State Climate Action Plan by December of this year. An assembly of…

Land Trusts Preserve History, Too!

July 1, 2020

As Maine marks its bicentennial and our nation approaches its 250th year, we are highlighting some land trust conserved properties that preserve important chapters of Maine’s history. While their primary mission is to conserve wildlife habitat, working lands, and outdoor recreation areas, Maine land trusts sometimes have the opportunity to…

Somerset county SWCD Ag Allies looking to collaborate on grassland bird habitat management

June 16, 2020

Have grassland habitat in your conservation portfolio?  Want to see more birds enjoying nesting success on your lands?  Maine’s Ag Allies Program in partnership with Cornell Lab of Ornithology is here to assist.  Not only can you enjoy more birds at your property, but Maine land trusts have an opportunity…

A Message in Response to Recent Events from MLTN Leadership

June 15, 2020

Dear Friends, While moving through our normal tasks in recent weeks, a new thread of urgency has woven its way through our work. The Maine land conservation community is raising its voice against the racial inequity and violence that has gripped this country for too long. Yet it is difficult…

Get Outside This Memorial Day Weekend – But Do it Safely

May 20, 2020

With lovely weather predicted for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend and summer around the corner, Maine land trusts are ready to welcome visitors to our trails and preserves. In partnership with the Bureau of Parks and Lands, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Outdoor Brands, and other statewide land…

Maine Land Trusts Answer the Call

April 10, 2020

In this recent story in the Bangor Daily News, Aislinn Sarnacki explores the many ways Maine land trusts are helping Mainers get through this unusual time of working and schooling from home. While getting outdoors is allowed under Governor Mills’ stay at home order, it must be done safely and…

Joint Press Release Provides Guidance

April 2, 2020

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Land Trust Network, and a broad coalition of state, nonprofit, and business partners, have jointly put out a press release to help Mainers get outside safely during the “Stay Healthy at Home” order. While it’s important to note that rules are changing daily, this will…

Federal COVID-19 Help Available

April 1, 2020

The President and Congress have agreed to three bills thus far to help American citizens, businesses, and nonprofits navigate the ongoing health and economic crisis. Some of the provisions offer potential support to land trusts and other nonprofits. The rules and paperwork for some initiatives have not yet been developed.…

Where Can You Get Outside? Find Your Land Trust Preserves

March 27, 2020

If done in accordance with appropriate social distancing, getting outside during this challenging time can be a safe way to stay healthy, relieve stress, and recharge. With more than 600,000 acres in preserves located around the state, Maine land trusts are a great resource for expanding one’s list of possible…

Considering COVID-19

March 16, 2020

To all our colleagues, partners and friends, Conference Cancelled By now, it will be no surprise that Maine Coast Heritage Trust has to cancel the 2020 Maine Land Conservation Conference. Although exceedingly disappointing, we must put the well-being of our communities first, which means complying with state and federal recommendations…