Conference is Over…What’s Next?
The 2022 Maine Land Conservation Conference has come to an end but we are jumping right in with more gatherings and trainings to keep you busy! Here are some things that are coming right up.
Information on all these events will be available soon on the MLTN Events page.
We look forward to seeing you in person!
Whit, Jeff, and Donna
New Place to List Your Events
Looking to attract people to your spring and summer events? The Land Trust Alliance has created an events page on the Find a Land Trust website to highlight the ways that new audiences can get involved with a land trust near them. Submit your upcoming events and volunteer opportunities so that they can promote them on this page and through their channels.
You can also update your Find a Land Trust profile to make sure it’s ready for new users!
And while you’re there, spend a little time checking out the Gaining Ground messaging and resources. You’ll be hearing more about that in the coming months and you can sign up to receive updates.
Templates for Business Continuity and Pandemic Planning
Are you ready for when things go bad? Concrete policies and guidelines are key to preparing for the unexpected while running your nonprofit. A proper plan allows for a quick and effective response which in turn can save your business from disaster.
Troy Web Consulting is offering four free key templates that will help you develop a more secure business model and hopefully, one that can endure unforeseen events like a global pandemic, natural disaster, and other business continuity situations: Remote Work Policy, Pandemic Response Plan, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan, and Security Policy and Plan Inventory.
This offer is clearly a tool to generate leads for the consultancy but if you don’t mind sharing your email address it may be worthwhile. Click here to sign up.
Everybody Eats: Communication and the Paths to Food Justice
Everybody Eats: Communication and the Paths to Food Justice, written by Niesha Douglas & Marianne LeGreco, tells the story of food justice in Greensboro, NC beginning when the city reached the top of the Food Research and Action Center’s list of major cities experiencing food hardship. Greensboro’s local food communities chose to confront the issue by engaging neighborhood voices, mobilizing creative resources at the community level, and sustaining conversations across the local food system. Everybody Eats highlights the importance of communication—and communicating social justice specifically—in building the kinds of infrastructure needed to create secure and just food systems.
The Resilience Hub of Portland is hosting a talk with Douglas and LeGreco on Wednesday, April 13th from 7-8:30pm. Ticket costs are on a sliding scale of $5-25 with a $5 deposit required, but if the cost is a barrier, you can contact the organizers for other options.
Click here for more information and to register for the virtual talk.
Community Conservation for Vernal Pools
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Vernal pools are difficult to conserve, as their function depends on connections to other wetlands and upland forests. A team of researchers in Maine joined forces with an array of governmental and private stakeholders to develop an alternative to existing top-down vernal pool regulation. Through creative revision of various resource management tools, they produced a vernal pool conservation mechanism that meets the needs of diverse stakeholders – from developers to ecologists.
In this Zoom session, a panel of academic and community leaders will describe the unique value of vernal pools, why they are so difficult to protect, and present an innovative way for communities to conserve these valuable resources while accommodating growth in their towns.
More information and registration on the Cathance River Education Alliance website.
Think Through Your Options: Successful Fundraising through Virtual Events
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Cost: $35 for MANP members*, $55 for non-members
This event is made possible thanks to a partnership between the Maine Association of Nonprofits and Kentucky Nonprofit Network
Note: This live workshop will not be recorded
How your organization approaches a virtual event has the potential to dramatically impact fundraising efforts, not to mention engage new volunteers and encourage influencers to act. This workshop delivers a step-by-step process to help determine what option is best for your fundraising goals: virtual, in-person, or hybrid. You’ll learn about event management software options, and see at examples of unique events and marketing strategies. Plus, you’ll learn who should be involved and how, which is crucial for a successful event – build consensus among staff and board as well as key donors to develop a real-world timeline to launch. We’ll look at examples for different size organizations in various markets.
More information including discount code and link to register at MANP’s website.
*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna to check your MLTN membership status.
Federal Tax Issues -The Latest and Greatest for 2022
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Cost: $70 for LTA members, $100 for non-members
Attorneys Jessica Jay and Rob Levin will bring everyone up to speed on the latest developments in case law and actions to curtail conservation easement syndicated deals.
Here’s a look at what we will cover:
Content provided in this webinar is provided with the understanding that the presenters are not providing legal counsel. If legal advice is needed, the services of competent, local attorneys should be sought.
More information and link to register on LTA’s website.
Jobs in the Conservation Sector
So many fun and exciting positions open right now! New posting below or view the full list here.
Stewardship Director – Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust
Membership & Outreach Associate – Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust
Administrative Manager – Downeast Lakes Land Trust
Senior Land Protection Manager – Midcoast Conservancy
Summer Associate – SMCC & MEEA
Research Forester, Maine Woods Initiative – Appalachian Mountain Club
Forest and Habitat Manager – Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire
Land Conservation Project Manager – Sebago Clean Waters
Executive Director – Downeast Coastal Conservancy
Farmland Protection Project Manager (Portland or Belfast, ME) – Maine Farmland Trust
Watershed Project Manager – York County Soil and Water Conservation District
Hometown Proud Grant Program
Applications Due: April 15, 2022
The Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced the launch of its second annual Hometown Proud grant program. This year, in honor of its 50th anniversary in the United States, Kubota will award five grants of $100,000 each to revitalize or refresh community spaces.
Each project application can be as diverse and imaginative as the community itself; examples include cultivating a community garden, creating a new playground area, beautifying a community park, adding landscaping to a town square or open space, or modernizing a fairground or rodeo arena.
Kubota Hometown Proud grant program applications will be judged based on criteria that includes how it demonstrates the community’s need for the revitalization project, details how the community will benefit long-term from the completion of the project, outlines the need for Kubota equipment, and explains how it might be used to complete the renovation project.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Kubota Tractor Corporation website.