MLTN Infoline – April 28, 2020

Climate Communications Strategies

Although we can’t gather together this year for our annual Conference, we are looking for ways to share some of the important information and learning that would have taken place at the Conference remotely.  The presenters of our Friday Conference session on Climate Communications Strategies to Connect and Inspire have done some quick adjustments so that we can offer the session as a two-part webinar series on May 5th and May 12th. This session, designed as the final component of the Coastal Resilience Master Class, will be relevant to any land trust that communicates about climate change for any reason. The presenters will be Judy Anderson from Community Consultants, LLC, Catherine Schmitt from the Schoodic Institute, and Tyler Kidder from the Onion Foundation and Maine Climate Table.
There is no cost to participate in these webinars, but registration is required. Visit for details and a registration link. 
This project was supported through the Open Space Institute’s Resilient Landscapes Initiative Catalyst Program, which is made possible with funding from Jane’s Trust Foundation.
Stay tuned for more remote learning and networking opportunities,
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Protecting the Coast in a Changing Climate

An ongoing effort in midcoast Maine to accelerate conservation and ensure multiple human and wildlife benefits for generations to come  is the subject of a new case study presented by the Land Trust Alliance. There are many other great resilience projects happening in the state – in the Sebago Lake Watershed, Downeast Maine, and more than likely,  in your neck of the woods. We’re so proud of the groundbreaking work Maine Land Trusts are doing to create a more resilient landscape. Keep up the great work!

Land Protection in a Changing Climate: Protecting a Resilient and Connected Network

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. 
Instructors: Mark Anderson, Kelly Watkinson
Cost: $65 Land Trust Allliance members | $100 non-members

Join Dr. Mark Anderson, TNC’s Eastern US Director of Conservation Science, for an exclusive early look at the Resilient and Connected Network Study and how it can help land trusts prioritize their work and help preserve biodiversity. The tool, which maps climate-resilient sites, confirms biodiversity locations and species movement areas across North America, will help your land trust prioritize a conservation portfolio that represents all habitats while allowing nature to adapt and change.  Participants will be guided on how to:

  • Identify high-value land that will promote habitat conservation on a warming planet
  • Understand and apply the characteristics and data of climate resilient sites and corridors for biodiversity In your land protection work
  • Communicate a  positive message of climate resilience to your land trust stakeholders and broader community
Learn more and register on the Land Trust Alliance website. 

IT Security Fundamentals for Land Trusts

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cost:  $65 Land Trust Alliance members | $100 non-members
Do you fear your land trust is a sitting duck for malicious hackers, but you’re not sure what to do? If so, you are not alone. Bigger and badder IT security threats are coming. But with simple, practical, and modern techniques, you can give yourself an excellent chance to escape harm from hackers. Join Matt Eshleman, chief technology officer at Community IT,  to learn five simple steps to protect yourself and the people you serve. By the end of this session, you will know how to be a “human firewall,” capable of protecting your own information and your land trust’s.
Register at LTA’s website.

Online Survey Tools and Techniques (FREE Partner Webinar)

FREE webinar from MANP and Idealware
Presenter Julia  Vallera  has worked with well-established organizations such as Mozilla, Vermont State College, Digital Opportunity Trust, Metropolitan New York Library Council and Burlington Telecom, to name a few. After spending more than ten years growing virtual communities for multiple organizations, Julia understands what drives online engagement and how to spread mission-focused work efficiently for the greatest impact. In this webinar, she will talk participants through the tools and best practices for designing a reputable online survey, recruiting participants, and analyzing the data. 
Register on Idealware’s website. More information at MANP.

All Aboard: Building Internal Support for Risk Management (FREE Partner Webinar)

FREE webinar from MANP and Nonprofit Risk Management Center!
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Your Desk
Join NRMC to learn how to build and sustain support for risk management in your nonprofit. This webinar explores some of the most common reasons for pushback and resistance, as well as proven techniques to convert nay-sayers into yay-sayers. Register at MANP’s website. 

Leave No Trace COVID-19 Research

COVID-19 Pandemic is changing the way people recreate outdoors.  In an effort to gather timely and relevant data on national recreation patterns, before, during, and after the pandemic, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics worked quickly with its research partner,  Pennsylvania State University , to offer guidance to land managers, recreation providers, and outdoor enthusiasts across the country. The results reveal some interesting trends. Learn more and view charts at the Leave No Trace website

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Some great opportunities are available for those looking for a new position. View the full list here .
Northern Program Consultant – Wildlands Network
Stewardship Assistant – Coastal Mountains Land Trust
Executive Director – Eastern Trail