MLTN Infoline – December 11, 2019

L.L.Bean Grants Support Stewardship Efforts Across Maine

During this season of giving, we want to highlight the generosity of our long-time partner L.L.Bean, who supports  land trusts –  and the people they serve –  in every corner of the state . The L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program provided $12,750 in grant funding in 2019. Our congratulations go out to the following groups that received funding in this round: 
  • Crabtree Neck Land Trust 
  • Downeast Lakes Land Trust 
  • Falmouth Land Trust
  • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
  • Loon Echo Land Trust
These funds will help build trails, write management plans, create maps, improve safety, and much more. Learn more at
Many, many thanks to L.L.Bean for this ongoing partnership!
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Save-the-Date: 2020 Maine Land Conservation Conference

Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th
Mt. Ararat Middle School and Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham
Please mark your calendar for our annual gathering and celebration of land conservation in Maine. This year’s event will have a strong focus on climate and resilience.  Each year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust convenes the Maine Land Conservation Conference in support of the Maine Land Trust Network, bringing together conservationists and citizens to discuss and explore the most pressing issues facing land conservation today. We share knowledge and best practices, learning from experts and from one another. And we increase the impact of our work by coming together to learn, grow, and gain inspiration together. Keep your eye on our website. Information will be added as it becomes available
Interested in supporting this work and connecting with the nearly 400 attendees who gather in Topsham next April? Please contact us to learn how you can become involved as a conference sponsor. 

River Access Planning Guide

The River Access Planning Guide is an online and downloadable resource for planning river access with recreational users in mind, providing for a variety of uses and protecting natural resources in rivers and other waterways. The guide’s approach provides a framework for meeting the needs of people seeking to enjoy river recreation on, off, and in the water.  The Guide will assist anyone planning waterway access with site selection and design to establish new river access or improve existing access. River users will also benefit from an enhanced recreation experience shaped by mindful planning and design. 

Time to Update Your Land Trust Information

The Maine Land Trust Network relies on the information in our website database to keep land trusts up-to-date on available trainings, public policy issues, and other timely communications. Thanks to our new website, your trust can sign up for an account so that you can make changes to your page at any time. You can also add a large-sized banner image to your page, add Facebook, Instagram and Twitter addresses, and enter a stewardship contact to facilitate delivery of critical stewardship information. 
View your land trust’s information by clicking on the trust name here. Contact Donna if you are responsible for your land trust’s page and you’d like your own account. Thank you for helping us stay up-to-date!

Soil Health Workshop

Monday, December 30th, 2019
12:00 pm
First-floor conference room, 254 Goddard Road, Lewiston
Cost: FREE but please pre-register
For those interested in learning about how to increase the health and productivity of their soil for the purposes of home gardening or small-scale farming,  the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be presenting a workshop centered on improving soil health with a focus on using permaculture principles as a guide to mimic nature.
The workshop will consist of a PowerPoint presentation and will conclude with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions specific to their property and get tips to help with personal permaculture designs.

Please contact the District at 207-241-5377 or by email with any questions or to reserve a spot. 

More Free Risk Management Webinars from Land Trust Alliance 

To get the Terrafirma risk management discount for 2020, a board member, director or finance or stewardship staff must attend these.
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Advanced Risk Planning – open to all but some may find the material challenging
Learn about the ins and outs of permitting buildings and structures on conservation easement properties. The importance of definitions to regulate these structures will be discussed, and you’ll hear what judges have to say and consider how best to avoid IRS scrutiny. You’ll also get suggestions on how to avoid unintended consequences and how to make easement monitoring more straightforward while still protecting conservation values. 
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Advanced Risk Planning – open to all but some may find the material challenging
Learn about the significance of trail easement drafting choices in risk management. We’ll look at the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association’s two very different models for trail easements and discuss what issues can be addressed in easement documents to avoid future misunderstandings and litigation and how best to address liability and other landowner concerns. 

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

View the full list of job postings  here and scan recent additions below.
Landowner Outreach Biologist –  Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
R egional Director of Philanthropy for Northern New England – Maine Audubon
Development Officer –  Georges River Land Trust
Grant Writer (part-time) – Maine Audubon
Strategic Communications Director – Highstead Foundation
Easement Stewardship Manager – Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire
General Manager – Good Tern Co-op

New York Life Foundation, Afterschool Alliance Invite Proposals for Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

Applications Due: January 24th, 2020
In partnership with the D.C.-based  Afterschool Alliance, New York Life Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for the Aim High grant program. Now in its fourth year, the program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in Out-of-School programs aimed at helping underserved eighth-graders reach the ninth grade on time and prepared for high-school-level work.
Research shows that participation in high-quality afterschool, expanded day, and summer programs leads to greater academic achievement, better school attendance, and more engaged students. In communities struggling with opioids and other substance misuse, afterschool and summer learning programs play a critical role by helping youth develop protective factors such as problem-solving skills and emotional regulation while providing support for children and families impacted by trauma and adverse experiences. Select grants will be dedicated to helping programs doing this work address the impact of the opioid crisis. 
In 2020, twenty-six grants totaling 1.35 million will be awarded in three categories:
  • Eight grants of $50,000 a year over the span of two years (for a total award of $100,000) in support of OST programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more.
  • Eight grants of $25,000 a year over the span of two years (for a total award of $50,000) in support of OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more.
  • Ten awards of $15,000 over a year in support of OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more focused on addressing opioid and other substance misuse in their community by helping youth develop protective factors and employing approaches that support youth affected by trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

More information at