MLTN Infoline – August 14, 2019

Updated Independent Consultants List

For the next step in our ongoing process to update and improve MLTN resources we’ve tackled the Independent Consultants List. The list is now available both as one complete list or by separate category, and the format is much easier to search and use. See the new Consultants page on our website here. Remember that you can also check in with your colleagues on the MLTN Member Forum if you’d like recommendations from other land trusts. If you’re not signed up for the forum, you can do so here.
Enjoy these precious days of summer,
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

LMF Needs Your Help

Maine’s Governor and legislative leaders are currently deciding whether to convene for a special session during the last week in August to consider bonds, including a Land for Maine’s Future bond. The last time an LMF bond was on the ballot was 2012.
Please contact your state legislators today and a sk them to reach out to their leaders to express the importance of reconvening this month to consider bonds and encourage them to support a four-year, $40 million Land for Maine’s Future bond ($10 million/year).  Best way to contact them is through a phone call. If you can’t reach them that way, a personal email would work well too. Contact information can be found at these links:
LMF has worked for Maine since 1987. When communicating with your legislators, please use local examples to add context to these statewide figures:
  • Conserved more than 150 destinations, encompassing over 600,000 acres with guaranteed access for traditional activities, including hiking, paddling, hunting, birdwatching, snowmobiling, picnicking, and fishing
  • Protected hundreds of miles of four-season trails
  • Secured over 50 recreational water access sites for boaters and anglers
  • Conserved more than 360,000 acres of working forestlands
  • Protected two dozen working waterfront properties, supporting over 1,250 fishing families
  • Conserved more than 40 farms covering nearly 10,000 acres of productive farmlands
  • Expanded recreational opportunities at Maine State Parks
  • Secured permanent public access to unique natural areas in every corner of Maine.
If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Jeff Romano .

2019 Maine Coast Week & Coastal Cleanup

September 21st to 28th
You are invited  to join Maine’s largest single volunteer event. The Coastal Cleanup includes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who clean our coastal shoreline and associated waterways of trash. Each year, over a thousand participants clear thousands of pounds of trash from hundreds of miles of shoreline. What is collected is recorded and this data then becomes part of the international ocean trash index, which is compiled by Ocean Conservancy. Your efforts continue to ensure that our coastal waters and habitats remain healthy and trash free. To learn more, register a clean-up effort, check the tides and more, visit the Maine Coastal Program website

Municipal Stream Crossing Upgrade Workshops and Grants

August 14, 27, 29 and September 4, 2019
Workshop times, dates and locations vary, view the schedule here
Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host four workshops in Presque Isle, Portland, Augusta and Bangor for prospective applicants in preparation for upcoming “requests for proposals” (RFP) of 2019 Municipal Infrastructure Stream Crossing Upgrade Grants. This is an opportunity for funding to help communities upgrade municipal culverts at stream crossings to improve community safety, minimize impacts to water quality, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife.
In 2017,  Maine voters approved a bond package that included $5 million dollars for stream crossing upgrades. The resulting competitive grant program matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings, to be awarded in two rounds of $2.5 million. The next round of Stream Crossing Upgrade Grants will open September 9, 2019, with a deadline for submitting applications by Tuesday, November 11, 2019. In addition, DEP anticipates additional rounds of stream crossing grant opportunities in 2020.
Please register at least 5 days prior to the event by contacting John Maclaine, Maine DEP at  or (207) 615 – 3279. Attendees should provide contact information and which workshop location they plan to attend when registering.

The Next Dimension of Equity: Including People with Disabilities as Part of Nonprofit Diversity Work 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 
1:00 – 2:30 pm 
Location: Your Desk! Interactive Webinar
Cost: $35 for MANP members (most MLTN members are MANP members)
This online course is being offered in partnership by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits as part of their Walking the Talk: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in North Carolina Nonprofits initiative to address racial and generational leadership gaps in the nonprofit sector and the policies, practices, and culture that exacerbate them.
Disability is a social construct defining what is “normal” and what is not. For organizations already building an understanding of race, gender, and other social constructs and their consequences, this webinar offers a framework to help leaders consider disability in equity planning and identify ways their nonprofit can better include people with disabilities on its staff and board, and among its target population. The presenters, who are nonprofit professionals and people with disabilities, will share their personal and professional experiences, as well as resources and actions that help nonprofits create a culture that presumes competency of people with disabilities for authentic inclusion and accessibility.
Learn more at the MANP website here.

Early Fall Webinars from the Land Trust Alliance 

Plan now to take advantage of these webinars with land trust experts –
$65 for LTA member organizations, $100 for non-members.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Join conservation and climate change experts as they discuss how land trusts should be thinking about renewable energy, carbon offset projects, and similar opportunities in the context of conservation easements. This webinar is designed to spark discussion, provide some guidance on these topics and share some examples from the field. 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00-3:30 pm
Join Conservation Fund conservation finance expert Reggie Hall and Carl Palmer, founder of impact investing firm LegacyWorks Group, as they discuss what land trusts need to know to make use of this new form of conservation financing. 
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00-3:30 pm
Raising money in a small nonprofit can feel overwhelming, but you have six superpowers that fundraisers in bigger organizations would LOVE to have!  You just need to recognize and unleash them — even when it means you break some commonly held fundraising rules.  In this fast-paced webinar, Sarah Brooks, a real, live land trust fundraiser from the accredited Methow Conservancy will share tips for juggling major donor stewardship, growing your donor base, and producing effective, authentic communications.  

Maine Environmental Changemakers Cohort and Gathering 

10 AM Friday September 27th – 4 PM Saturday September 28th, 2019 
Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Lincolnville 
Deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 Cohort is midnight, Sept. 2nd
Changemakers is a youth-led intergenerational network that connects young Mainers ages 15-30 from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about the environment with peer mentors and established professional mentors. Changemakers provides the training and resources needed to support the environmental projects that participants organize in their schools and communities. Changemakers works at the intersection of the environment and social justice and supports a new cadre of diverse Maine outdoor and environmental leaders. 
Apply now to be selected for the 2019-2020 cohort of Changemakers!  
Applications must be submitted online by midnight September 2nd, 2019. The 2019 cohort kicks off at the 4th annual youth-led intergenerational Gathering, where 75 amazing changemakers will come together from a variety of backgrounds in environmental education, sustainability, conservation, environmental justice and/or local, sustainable food systems. Preference will be given to those identifying as coming from a marginalized community in Maine.  

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Great job opportunities continue to flow in. View the full list here.
Stewardship Director – Royal River Conservation Trust
Conservation Lands Manager  – Upper Saco Valley Land Trust
Volunteer Coordinator & Office Manager – Island Heritage Trust
Land Steward – Island Heritage Trust
Southern Maine Farmland Protection Project Manager – Maine Farmland Trust

Maine’s Bicentennial Community Grants

Three cycles, first cycle applications due September 1, 2019
The Maine Bicentennial Commission is offering a total of $375,000 in Community Grants to support the interests, needs, and creativity of citizens and communities throughout Maine as they plan local commemorations of the Bicentennial. The Commission welcomes applications from a wide variety of organizations and individuals, from all over Maine, seeking to involve their community in projects relevant to Maine’s Bicentennial. See the Bicentennial website for guidance on Minimal Grant Requirements, Types of Projects that May be Funded, Who is Eligible to Apply, Priority Projects and Themes.