To all our colleagues, partners and friends,
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 not to hold large gatherings. MCHT will be spending this week deciding what this means going forward, but we wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you can adjust your plans accordingly.
Ways to Connect
Our thoughts are with each of you, as you deal with this challenge. Please be safe. We will look for ways to support each other in the weeks ahead. Sharing of ideas and approaches has already begun on the MLTN Member Forum. If you haven’t yet signed up to participate in the forum, you can do so here. The Land Trust Alliance has also created an “Ask an Expert” thread on their Learning Center to help land trust leaders stay connected, share resources, and work out best practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given the uncertainty of how long this situation will last, we will be exploring alternate ways to offer trainings, online resources, and networking opportunities. Again, the best way to stay abreast of those opportunities will be the MLTN Member Forum, our Infoline e-news, and the MLTN website.
Land Conservation More Important than Ever
Thank you for all you are doing. Having beautiful and inspiring outdoor spaces that are available to use and explore at this concerning time is an invaluable resource to the people of Maine.
Stay tuned for updates and information in the coming days, and don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have ideas about how MCHT’s Land Trust Program can be of service.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is closely monitoring the unpredictable spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. Stay tuned for more updates as this health crisis evolves.