New MLTN Email Forum and Website Coming Soon
The Maine Land Trust Network’s email forum and website are getting a long needed overhaul. The new systems will have a modern look and vastly improved security. For the most part, the transition will be seamless and all will function almost exactly as the old systems did. Some long-broken features – like the ability for land trusts to update their own listings and submit jobs directly on the website – will be restored. We think you’ll find it intuitive to use, but we’ll also offer a Zoom meeting to introduce you to the new interface and answer all your questions. More to come on that soon!
One important step for anyone currently subscribed to the Mltninfo email forum (or anyone who would like to be subscribed) will be to confirm your interest by registering in our new system. More about that in next block.
We’re so excited about this huge leap forward and hope you’ll like it, too!
Sign Up for our New MLTN Email Forum
Over the past several months, our MCHT colleagues have been working to improve the usability and security of our website and email forum. We consulted with staff and members of our steering committee, and we’ll soon be migrating to a new and improved member forum as part of our brand new website. The forum is built on a service called Basecamp and will work in nearly the same way as the current list, with several added security features.
To sign up, go here, enter your email address, and create a password. (You will be warned if you use a password that you’ve used before. This is a welcome security feature.) It’s that simple.
After that, you will receive each forum message via email and you can reply via email, just as you do now. That reply will be shared with the entire list. If you don’t want to see replies for a particular topic, you can click “Unsubscribe me” at the bottom of the topic. You won’t get any further replies to that post but you’ll still be subscribed to the forum and will receive new posts. Pretty cool, right?
To post to the new listserve – or “create a new topic” – click here or enter the URL https://mcht.org/mltn-forum-new into your browser. You may want to bookmark this page for quick and easy access when you want to post a message. You can then add a title and message, and click “Post this message.” (Posting a new topic through a webpage is designed to prevent spam messages to the group.)
Once we get everyone switched over, we’ll start to explore other features of this new online community portal. Stay tuned!
Collins, King Back Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Fund LWCF
U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million per year. This legislation comes after the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was enacted into law last month (Public Law 116-9), which permanently authorized the LWCF, with Senators Collins and King’s strong support .
Though the LWCF was permanently authorized when the lands package was signed into law last month, expenditures from the LWCF continue to be subject to federal appropriations. The Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act would remove the requirement that the LWCF funds must be appropriated. Instead for the first time, the bill makes $900 million available each year without needing to be appropriated.
The LWCF provides matching grants to states and localities for investments in outdoor recreation facilities, such as parks and ballfields, and helps protect threatened battlefield sites. The LWCF funds important projects that protect drinking water resources, sensitive habitat for fish and wildlife, and private forestland. The fund also provides funding for additions to national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other federal public lands used for outdoor recreation and habitat preservation.
Chainsaw Safety Level 1 Workshop
Brought to you by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District
Friday, April 26th, 2019 (rain date Saturday, April 27th)
Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft
Limited to 15 participants
The Chainsaw Safety Level 1 Workshop will provide participants with a well-rounded introduction on how to safely handle, maintain and use a chainsaw. Presenters Sam Heffner and Pam Wells will provide hands-on instruction, demonstrations and information. Sam Heffner has worked as a forest ranger with the Maine Forest Service for 12 years and has 8 years of experience instructing people in chainsaw safety. Additionally, Sam was a professional logger for several years, and has competed regionally and nationally in the Game of Logging. Pam and her husband Bryan own 1031 acres of woodland outside Orono, which she works to maintain, enhance and restore.
Workshop topics will include an overview of chainsaw safety equipment and features, maintenance, sharpening, proper cuts, a step-by-step tree felling demonstration and more. Much of this workshop will be hands-on and participants will come away feeling comfortable handling and working with a chainsaw.
Reserve a spot through the online store, call the PCSWCD office at 207-564-2321 ext. 3, or email .
Women’s Chainsaw Safety and More
Brought to you by the Forest Stewards Guild, MOFGA and other partners
Cost: $150 (scholarships available from Women of the Maine Outdoors). Lodging and meals not included.
Don’t miss this series of women’s chainsaw safety and maintenance trainings that may be of interest to your land trust staff and volunteers:
Their Land, Their Legacy
Brought to you by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Midcoast Conservancy
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street, Bath
From the Their Land, Their Legacy publication: “We are in the midst of the biggest intergenerational shift of land that our country has ever seen. Nationally, roughly 2.7 million family forest owners who are over fifty-five years old and reflect 80% of all family forest-owned land will soon be deciding the future ownership and use of their land. In fact, almost one-third of landowners in the Northeast report that they will be making decisions about their land’s future ownership and use in the next five years. “
Join fellow land trust staff to learn how to successfully navigate conversations about land succession with landowners. This workshop is designed for staff who have frequent interactions with landowners who are thinking about the future of their land. It is based on the publication Their Land, Their Legacy: A Guide to Helping Inform Landowners’ Decisions about the Future of Their Land and led by University of Maine School of Forest Resources professor, Jessica Leahy.
Making the Workplace Fair and Inclusive
Thursday, May 9, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Marcia Nicholson & Sandy Sweitzer
Cost: $65 members; $100 non-members
A diverse community is a healthy one. So, how do we make our human, workplace community stronger and more diverse? It starts with understanding diversity and effectively communicating its importance to key stakeholders. It continues with developing and implementing policies to build a supportive and engaging culture so all feel welcome and treated fairly. An organization is only as good as its culture and with small, everyday actions (good or bad), it can make or break your team. Please join Marcia Nicholson, the Land Trust Alliance’s human resources director, and Sandy Sweitzer, executive director at Triangle Land Conservancy as they lay out active steps and targeted best practices on how to make your land trust culture fair and inclusive, starting with simple hiring and volunteer recruitment practices and onboarding strategies. They will also discuss how to spot implicit bias and share tips for being an advocate for your colleagues and diffusing difficult situations.
Blended and Short-term Intensive GIS Courses at UMaine at Machias GIS Service Center & Laboratory
GIS 204 Introduction to GPS (2cr)
Covers basic principles of GPS/ GNSS technology and its uses, preparation for field data collection, sources of error, methods used to minimize error and prevent data loss, basic geodesy related to GPS and basic mapping software.
Short-term, on-campus intensive course the week of May 13th (with some online prep May 10-12). Dorms are available for a fee to students staying the week.
GIS Applications I:
A comprehensive introduction to GIS principles and skills, focusing on vector data creation, visualization and analysis with an overview of the breadth of the field.
Blended: Online plus three on-campus sessions; students may attend in Orono or Machias
GIS Applications II:
Covers spatial analysis, surface modeling (including hydrology and viewsheds), model building with raster data, basic spatial statistics, spatial estimation, and intermediate cartographic design.
All Online; prereq GIS I or equivalent
GIS 426 Community Applications in Geographic Information Systems (4cr)
The class takes on a multi-faceted service project for a community partner, incorporating advanced GIS techniques, project planning and execution, and visualization and presentation. Projects typically entail a wide array of sub-projects, including natural resource, economics, design, community planning and more.
All Online; prereq GIS II or equivalent or instructor permission
Course descriptions available here.
Job Openings in the Conservation Sector
So many great positions available right now in Maine! Full list here and recent additions below.
Director of Communications & Marketing – Maine Audubon
Field Team Member (Trails, contract) – Maine Conservation Corps
President – Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
Courtesy Boat Inspection Coordinator (temporary) – 7 Lakes Alliance
Summer Courtesy Boat Inspector (temporary) – 7 Lakes Alliance
National Coastal Resilience Fund 2019 Request for Proposals
Pre-proposals Due: 11:59 pm, Monday, May 20th
Full Proposal by Invite Only Due: Monday, July 22, 2019 11:59 PM EST
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced the release of the 2019 RFP for the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF), which provides funding to restore, increase, and strengthen natural infrastructure as protection for coastal communities while also enhancing habitat for fish and wildlife.
This year, t he fund will invest up to $29 million in projects designed to restore or expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, mangroves, coastal forests and rivers, and barrier islands that help minimize the impacts of storms, rising sea levels, and other extreme events. Building on the significant coordination and planning that has already been done in many of the nation’s coastal communities and recognizing the need for action, the partnership will focus investments on projects that have been prioritized within existing community or regional resilience plans, with a focus on preliminary project design and site assessment; final project design and permitting; and project implementation and monitoring.
Funding also is available for innovative projects that seek to reshape thinking on how to protect communities in light of projected environmental stressors that may go beyond traditional habitat restoration alone.
To be eligible for funding, projects must be located within coastal areas of the United States. More information NFWF.org .
National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant Program
Applications no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on June 28, 2019
The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories, to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. More information about the program is available at https://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants . All applications must be submitted through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. If you are interested in applying, please contact Bethany Atkins as soon as possible.