MLTN Infoline – May 29, 2019

Maine Trail Finder – better than ever with new features and a calendar of events!
The Center for Community GIS (CCGIS) recently rolled out a new major relaunch of Maine Trail Finder. Over the last 10 years, MTF has become the most comprehensive trails resource for Maine. The website is a great way to connect with individuals looking for people-powered trails and to share more about your land trust’s work. The newly released version dramatically improves the delivery of trail content and adds new functionality; visit theWhat’s New page for a summary of some of the new features.
CCGIS is constantly updating existing trail postings, as well as adding new trails to MTF, and is happy to work with anyone in the land trust community to develop new posts for your trails. CCGIS staff will do all the heavy lifting in the creation of these trail postings, and will ensure the information is presented in whatever way is desired by the land trust/trail manager. And, yes, it is entirely free for any land trust to participate!
 
Another exciting feature of the new Maine Trail Finder is an outdoor events calendar. Submit any or all of your outdoor events – including volunteer trips, guided hikes, talks, races, and many others;  it is not limited to those that happen “on trail” .
If you want to have your trails posted, need to update an existing trail post, or have any questions whatsoever, contact Hope Rowan, who oversees trail posting and events management and is your key contact for both.
June 1 is National Trails Day – get out and hit the trail!
Whit , Jeff , and Donna
LMF Board Welcomes New Members
The Land for Maine’s Future board consists of nine individuals. Commissioners of three Departments, Marine Resources (DMR), Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW), are joined by six public members who serve staggered four-year terms. After five months of the Mills Administration, the board is about to welcome its fourth and fifth new members this year. 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.
 
The first two new members to join the LMF Board this year were Amanda Beal, DACF Commissioner, and Judy Camuso, DIFW Commissioner. Both have been strong proponents of land conservation, including previous employment at Maine Farmland Trust and Maine Audubon respectively, and both have already brought a lot of enthusiasm to the board.
 
There have also been three vacancies among public members of the LMF board this year. In April, Barbara Trafton filled one of those vacancies. Barbara previously served on The Nature Conservancy’s Board of Trustees in Maine and she has been a strong proponent of LMF. This week, the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee voted unanimously to support the nominations of Roger Berle and Jim Norris to be public members to the board. Both Roger and Jim have served on the LMF board in the past. Their expertise and support of the program will be a great addition. The Maine Senate is expected to ratify the committee’s unanimous votes later this week.
 
For more information or if you have any questions about the LMF Board or process, please contact MCHT’s Jeff Romano.
Technical Assistance, Signs and Incentives Available for Grassland Bird Conservation
Maine hayfields, particularly those used for dairy cow forage, are cut once and sometimes twice during the grassland bird nesting timeframe. This cutting during the nesting period results in widespread nesting failure across much of Maine’s nesting habitat each year. Last year, Ag Allies worked with 15 participants on 450 acres – allowing the fledging of an estimated 1500 bobolinks and 450 Savannah sparrows and the confirmed fledging of five meadowlarks. 
 
A statewide program of the Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Ag Allies program works with interested local farmers and land trusts around the state to provide much-needed safe nesting habitat for steeply declining populations of grassland bird species. In partnership with Damariscotta River Association (DRA), the program received a grant to provide land trusts:
  •   Technical Assistance:  Ag Allies works with landowners and field managers across the state to make best-fit management changes that balance the needs of both birds and farmers.
  •   Outreach Assistance:  Ag Allies provides field signage to raise awareness and celebrate your support of grassland birds, and offers presentations about grassland bird conservation in your community.
  •   Incentive Payments:  Farmer incentive payments may be available to help offset the cost of bird-friendly management changes.
Program information and a new fact sheet for land trusts are available on the Ag Allies web site,  www.somersetswcd.org/ag-allies . 
 
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Technical Director Laura Lecker at  ten.t1566654053endca1566654053n.em@1566654053rekce1566654053l.aru1566654053al1566654053   or 474-8323 x 3, or visit the web site . If you would like to hear about how the DRA worked with the farmers on its conserved land, contact Lands & Stewardship Director Jesse Ferreira,  gro.r1566654053evira1566654053ttocs1566654053irama1566654053d@ari1566654053erref1566654053j1566654053 , 207-563-1393.
Beaches Conference
June 13th – Field Day
June 14th – Conference
Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Rd, Kittery 
Cost: Varies
The Beaches Conference works to provide continuing opportunities for exchange of the most current information among beach and coastal stakeholders with diverse interests in order to facilitate informed decision-making. We invite you to join us in celebrating beach monitoring and stewardship, building strong partnerships, and taking informed action on coastal issues. Learn more about the offerings and themes for the conference here. View the full program here.  
Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings
Cost varies depending on venue and options but starts at $39.75
Affordable lodging and meal plans available in Winter Harbor
Are you interested in learning how to plan and facilitate collaborative meetings that get results? The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, The Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and the Maine Coastal Program are partnering to bring this two-day NOAA training to the coast of Maine. Participants at every level are welcome to join. 
During this workshop, you will learn how to become a better facilitator by learning how to:
  • Determine if a collaborative process is appropriate
  • Select people with the skill sets needed to fill each meeting role
  • Use appropriate process tools and techniques to address meeting objectives
  • Enhance facilitation skills with practice using simple tools
  • Manage conflict in meetings through a greater understanding of group dynamics
  • Identify disruptive behaviors in group processes and practice strategies to deal with them
This workshop is designed to help improve your skills as a facilitator – harness the power of the collaborative process and the wisdom of your peers! Click on the date and location you’re interested in above to see purchase options and to register.
Forestry for Maine Birds: Managing Woodlands “with Birds in Mind”
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
4:00 – 8:00 pm
Sewall Woods Preserve, Whiskeag Road, Bath
Brought to you through a partnership between Maine Land Trust Network, Maine Audubon, and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

The Forestry for Maine Birds (FFMB) approach integrates bird conservation into forest management and planning. In this evening workshop specifically tailored to land trusts, you will learn about:

  • Improving habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species
  • Incorporating bird-friendly practices into preserve management
  • Addressing wildlife conservation in multiple areas
  • Enhancing the value and enjoyment of Maine forest preserves for many generations to come.

For more information contact gro.n1566654053obudu1566654053aenia1566654053m@bmf1566654053f1566654053. To register, visit Maine Audubon’s website:  maineaudubon.org/ffmb. Walk-ins welcome! 

Places for Pollinators 
Friday, June 28th, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd, Topsham
Presenter:  Deb Perkins, First Light Wildlife Habitat 
Cost: FREE
This workshop will help guide you through the observation, identification, and ecology of pollinators. Other topics such as pollinator habitat needs, environmental stressors, and what property owners can do to create more high value habitat for pollinators will be discussed as well.
After the classroom portion of this event, participants have the option to visit Whatley Farm in search of pollinators. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, and binoculars if you have them.
 
To register, contact Mackenzie at Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, (207) 241-5374.
Job Openings in the Conservation Sector
So many great positions available right now! Full list here and recent additions below.
 
Consortium Manager (1 yr contract) – Nature Based Education Consortium
Membership and Volunteer Manager – Midcoast Conservancy
Administrative Assistant (part-time) – Islesboro Islands Trust
Communications & Outreach Coordinator – Friends of Baxter State Park
Conservation Easement Steward – Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Executive Director – Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA)
Executive Director – Green Mountain Conservation Group
Traveling Assistant Steward (F/T, seasonal) – Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Vice President for Development –  Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Grant Writer – Maine Audubon