MLTN Infoline – June 25, 2019

LMF Bond Hangs in the Balance

Maine legislators adjourned on June 20. While they completed the first year of their two-year legislative session, the legislature failed to reach an agreement on Land for Maine’s Future funding and other proposed bonds. However, legislators are likely to return for at least one day this summer to consider the various bond initiatives on the table and perhaps approve a few for voters to ratify on this November’s ballot. For more information on LMF and this year’s legislative session check out these highlights from the 2019 Legislative Session. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Jeff Romano.

Happy Summer! Have fun and be safe,
Whit , Jeff , and Donna
POSTPONED: 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
With rain in the forecast, workshop leaders have decided to postpone this event. We’re sorry for any inconvenience, and plan to reschedule this special land trust focused FFMB workshop for later this year. You can check out other dates and locations where the session is being offered here.  
4 Simple Steps to Building a Loyal and Engaged Audience
A FREE webinar from Conservation Impact
Thursday, June 27, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Get the knowledge and tools you need to create a strategic marketing plan that will achieve measurable outcomes and return on investment. 

Shelli Bischoff and Karen Buck from Conservation Impact are no strangers to Maine. They presented a great multi-day leadership training for staff and board leaders in our Maine Land Trust Excellence Program back in 2007and have consulted with several Maine land trusts. Now the firm is offering this free webinar where they’ll reveal the  secret to building a loyal and engaged audience: a deep, authentic understanding of the people you are trying to reach. When you really know their needs and motivations, it’s not guesswork. It’s an informed and deliberate strategy designed to be resonant and relevant for that audience. 

Sound like something you’d like to hear more about? Register today . And if you’d like to learn more about Conservation Impact, click here

New Accounting Standards for Leases 
July 11 in Biddeford
August 20 in Augusta
October 22 in Bangor
Cost: $25

Is your organization in a leased location? Did you know there are new Accounting Standards for Leases? Would you like some help understanding those new accounting standards? Maine Association of Nonprofits is here for you! The new standards are effective at the start of fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019.  For calendar year nonprofits, that means January 1st, 2020. Are you ready?

Attend one of MANP’s three Coffee + Compliance: New Accounting Standards for Leases workshops, delivered by Peter Montano and Margaret Williams of PGM Accounting & Consulting, and learn how your organization can best prepare. The two-hour workshop is designed for Lessees, and covers:

  • What constitutes a lease under the new standards;
  • The impact on your financial statements;
  • Practical accounting expedients allowed under the amended standards;
  • How to calculate lease assets, liabilities, and expenses; and,
  • Transition entries.

Bring your laptop and participate in hands-on exercises to calculate operating and finance lease entries with one-on-one guidance provided as needed. You will receive Excel templates and step-by-step instructions, so you can leave with tools to comply with the new standards right away. Register today. 

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
September 13-22, 2019
If you’ve taken part in Great Maine Outdoor Weekend in the past you may
have received a recent email reminding you about the next scheduled  GMOW celebration. It also explained that going forward, all Great Maine Outdoor Weekend events will be submitted and hosted through Maine Trail Finder. September will be here before we know it, so it’s time to start thinking about YOUR next Great Maine Outdoor event now. 
As you know, September is one of the absolute best times of the year to be outside in Maine. W ith bugs dying down and humidity on the decline, t here are so many activities you can enjoy. YOU choose an event to offer and register it on the Maine Trail Finder website. GMOW will do the rest, with beautiful posters, social media posts and radio promotion. It’s a win-win for all. The folks at Maine Trail Finder are there to help you get your event listed, and we’re here to help you with any other questions. Give us a call at 607-4577 or email .  
High Tide Here Campaign 
A grassroots effort to raise awareness about sea level rise
Many land trusts are seeking ways to connect with the public about how climate change will affect their communities. A new opportunity for coastal organizations is High Tide Here, a grassroots Maine-based effort to show which areas of our coast are directly threatened by sea level rise. Supporters have placed blue banners around trees and signs in these areas, to drive home the importance of taking action. Banners have been posted in several towns, including Portland, South Portland, Freeport, and Wiscasset, and they are looking to expand the project statewide, especially on popular recreational lands such as land trust preserves. If you are interested in posting banners in your community, please contact Rob Levin at .
Job Openings in the Conservation Sector
Great job opportunities continue to flow in. View the full list here and recent additions below.
Licensed Forester – Maine Dept of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Executive Director – Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District
Communications and Membership Assistant – Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
Final Reminder for MNRCP
Request for Letters of Intent – Due 5:00 pm, Thursday, June 27, 2019
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking initial proposals for a new round of competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program, which TNC administers on behalf of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More than $5 million will be available for award in 2019 for those seeking to restore and protect wetlands and significant wildlife habitat in Maine. Wetland restoration and enhancement projects are strongly encouraged in this round. For more information, visit All Letters of Intent must be submitted online at . Applicants whose proposed projects meet the program’s requirements will be invited to submit full proposals. Final grant awards are expected to be made in late 2019.
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Header Photo by Sara Gray 
The Maine Land Trust Network seeks to promote voluntary land conservation by building the quality and effectiveness of land trusts and the Maine conservation community through communication, coordination 
and education. The Network is supported and coordinated by 
Maine Coast Heritage Trust  and its Land Trust Program.