Public Policy

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.…

New Laws for E-Bikes Take Effect

November 21, 2019

E-bikes are the latest addition to the always growing list of users on land trust trails. This summer, a bill was passed in the Maine legislature that clearly defines three classes of e-bikes, provides guidance on where they may travel, outlines protections for consumers, and puts in place safety protections…

Governor Announces Maine Climate Council

September 25, 2019

Last week, Governor Mills announced the membership of the Maine Climate Council.

LMF Bond Proposal to Resurface in 2020

September 4, 2019

In late August, the Legislature failed to enact an LMF Bond for the voters to consider this November. While clearly a setback, this is not the end of the story. LMF supporters will bring a bond proposal back in January 2020 and continue to press to see it sent to the voters, perhaps as early as June 2020.

2019 Legislative Session Ends

June 25, 2019

Maine legislators adjourned on June 20, wrapping up the first year of their two-year legislative session. Despite adjourning, the legislature is likely to return for at least one day this summer to discuss bonds, included a proposed conservation bond.

LMF Board Welcomes New Members

June 3, 2019

In the first five months of the Mills Administration, the board has welcomed five new members. These five individuals each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. And all five have a long track record of support for land conservation in Maine.

Land Conservation Task Force Releases Draft Recommendations for Public Comment

January 10, 2019

A task force seeking to shape the next generation of land conservation in Maine released its draft recommendations and is asking the public for feedback. The Task Force is calling for a new Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) bond issue along with other actions designed to strengthen land conservation and…

New LMF Grants Boost Conservation, Recreation

September 18, 2018

For the first time since 2010, Maine’s award-winning Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program grants voter-approved bond funds to land conservation projects around the state

Diverse Task Force Forms to Develop Conservation Roadmap

June 4, 2018

Twenty individuals and organizations have formed a task force to shape the next generation of Maine land conservation, coming on the heels of three decades of unprecedented accomplishments

State Legislature Affirms Land Trust Tax Exemption

May 25, 2017

Over the past two days, both bodies of the Maine Legislature considered LD 727, a bill that called for the elimination of tax exemption eligibility for land trusts