In-Person Gathering 2 Weeks Away
The In-Person Gathering of the Maine Land Conservation Conference at the Samoset in Rockport on May 3rd from 1-7pm is two weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, we hope you’ll do so now. Tickets are limited so act now!
This is the number one conservation networking opportunity you’ll have in Maine this year.
The Samoset has extended the window for booking a room for May 3rd at the discounted rate until this Friday, April 21st. You can book online through the link on our website or simply give them a call and identify yourself as a Conference attendee.
There’s also still time to register for the Ash Tree Inventory Webinar on May 2nd from 3-4pm (no registration limit), and we still have a few spaces left in the Ash Tree Inventory Field Tour on the morning of May 3rd (40 person limit). These are intended as a two-part training series.
Don’t miss these great opportunities!
Whit, Jeff, and Donna
News From Augusta
The Maine State Legislature has been busy holding public hearings and moving legislative proposals through the committee process as their mid-June adjournment date approaches. Here is an update on a few land trust bills MCHT has been working on:
For more information on these bills or other issues being considered in Augusta, please contact MCHT Public Policy Manager Jeff Romano.
July 24 Deadline to Amend Certain Conservation Easements
When Congress passed the Conservation Easement Integrity Act in December, it included a section that created a process for amending conservation easements that are in the crosshairs of an IRS campaign against termination provisions and boundary line adjustment provisions. Under the bill, the IRS has until late April to issue so-called “Safe Harbor” rules, and then donors have just 90 days to amend their easements to comply with the Safe Harbor.
On Monday, April 10 the IRS issued the Safe Harbor rules in IRS Notice 2023-30. The Notice sets a deadline of July 24, 2023 for donors to execute and record an amendment to a conservation easement to fall within the Safe Harbor rules around termination and boundary line adjustments.
Maine land trusts and their attorneys should read the LTA Advisory Bulletin and Rob Levin’s excellent run down of the rules from his latest Maine Land Conservation Law E-Bulletin. (Subscribe to receive Rob’s bulletins at https://www.roblevin.net/maine-land-conservation-law-e-bulletins.)
Ash Tree Inventory Webinar
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
MLTN is please to welcome Tyler Everett, of Mi’kmaq Nation, United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., Passamaquoddy Forestry Department, and UMaine PhD Student, for this Zoom session. Tyler will discuss the importance of land trust action to inventory ash across the region. He will introduce concepts and core skills related to ash inventory, including:
Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link.
Ash Tree Inventory Field Tour
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Limit: 40 participants
At this live and in-person field opportunity, all of the concepts and core skills introduced during the May 2nd webinar will be demonstrated live. These include:
You must register for and attend the webinar on May 2nd to participate in this field tour.
To register, visit the MLTN website.
2023 Land and Climate Program Grant Information Session
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
This free information session will explain how your organization can take advantage of new funding to create climate-informed land conservation, stewardship or communications plans. The Open Space Institute and the Land Trust Alliance recently announced that applications are open for the 2023 Land and Climate Grant Program. The program aims to support and build the capacity of land trusts and other groups that conserve and steward land to integrate climate change into land protection and management decisions.
Register here for the free information session.
Land Trust Alliance is also offering three “office hours” sessions, where program staff will be available to answer questions and offer feedback. You can schedule a 20-minute individual consultation during one of the sessions on May 15, May 23 or May 24. Grant applications are due June 8th. See below.
Federal Funds Management: Getting it Right
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Cost: $70 for LTA members, $100 for non-members
Instructor: Kay Sohl
Are you looking to capitalize on new federal dollars available for land conservation? If so, this webinar is a must! Whether your land trust receives federal funds directly from a federal agency or through an agreement with another governmental or nonprofit entity, your land trust must develop and implement the systems, policies and procedures to comply with complex federal rules. Even if you won’t cross the $750,000 threshold requiring a single audit this year, your land trust still needs to develop and implement key cost allocation, procurement and other fiscal policies. Here’s a look at what this webinar will cover:
Learn more and register on LTA’s website.
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Cost: $89 for MANP members*, $129 for non-members
This session will provide a balance of applicable content and resources to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting. Specifically designed for beginners, this workshop will introduce grantwriting to nonprofit professionals who have less than one year of experience with the skill. By the end of this session, participants will learn the steps to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application. See MANP’s website for more specifics.
Workshop participants will receive a digital copy of the “Handbook for Successful Grant Writing” that covers topics ranging from research and planning to a glossary of commonly used terms. The Handbook is only available to participants and is not otherwise for sale.
This session focuses on the grantwriting process. The second session in this series is Beginning Grantseeking, which centers around the nonprofit funding landscape and the process of seeking grants. An Intermediate Grantwriting workshop is offered on June 27 from 2-5pm.
Visit MANP’s website to register.
Friday, May 12, 2023
Cost: Pay what you can
This year’s MEEA Annual Conference “Bee-Together” is buzzing with amazing workshops, panels, speakers, and gathering spaces. Connect with peers in environmental education during a day of inspiring community building. Registration is open now and will be capped at 150 attendees. Click to learn more.
2023 Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour
July 11-14, 2023: Katahdin Region
July 25-28, 2023: Downeast Region
These four-day immersive tours provide teachers and others with tools to bring the forest into the classroom and develop participants’ capacity to connect students with green jobs and forest-based career pathways. Earn up to 30 hours toward your continuing education requirement for your teacher certification renewal.
Teachers of all ages, Girl and Boy Scout leaders, adult educators, and conservation organization staff, are among those who join the tour to learn about Maine’s forest resources from professionals working in the woods.
Learn more and fill out an application at the Maine TREE Foundation website. Application period continues until full.
Jobs in the Conservation Sector
Many, many great full and part-time positions are currently posted on our jobs page, with new additions here.
Mount Desert Island Assistant Steward (seasonal full-time) – Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Stewardship Director – Royal River Conservation Trust
Environmental Steward, Hurricane Island – Maine Conservation Corps
Field Coordinator (Field Team Program) – Maine Conservation Corps
675 Hour Field Team Member – Maine Conservation Corps
450 Hour Field Team Member – Maine Conservation Corps
Land Steward – 7 Lakes Alliance
2023 Land and Climate Grant
Applications Due: June 8, 2023
The Open Space Institute and the Land Trust Alliance are pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2023 Land and Climate Grant Program. The program aims to support and build the capacity of land trusts and other groups that conserve and steward land to integrate climate change into land protection and management decisions.
The Land and Climate Grant program will support the development of climate-informed land conservation, stewardship, policy, or communications plans that address one or more of the following issues: habitat resilience, carbon mitigation, renewable energy siting or community adaptation to climate impacts such as stronger storms, flooding, drought, fire or extreme heat. Projects should achieve one or more of the following deliverables:
The program encourages proposals that address the inequitable burdens of climate change and environmental racism on Black, Indigenous and People of Color and low-income communities.
Land Trust Alliance is offering a free information session on Tuesday, May 2nd at 2pm. Learn more.
More information including project awarded funding in 2022 available at the Land Trust Alliance website.