MLTN Infoline – December 19, 2018

A Day of Service for Maine Citizens, Maine Land Trust Census Headed Your Way, It’s Your Turn: The Role of the Board Chair, Annual Stewardship Day, more

A Day of Service for Maine Citizens

In her inaugural celebrations, Maine’s incoming governor Janet Mills is including a Day of Service on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 . This is a nonpartisan opportunity for all Maine organizations. You are invited to put together a volunteer project that aligns with your needs and role in the community. As part of the inauguration activities and call to service, citizens will be asked to go to a website, select a project, and sign up to show up.

How can land trusts take advantage of the Day of Service? Identify a project or significant task that could be accomplished in 4-8 hours with the help of volunteers. Register that project on the website here. Be creative! Projects can range from manual labor to educational opportunities to making phone calls. You can specify as many volunteers as you need.

Register your projects as soon as possible. If you have questions, contact Adrienne Carmack at the Maine Commission for Community Service by email () or phone (207-624-7785).

There’s so much we can accomplish together!

Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Maine Land Trust Census Headed Your Way

The Maine Land Trust Network (MLTN) periodically conducts a census to gain comprehensive information about the current state of Maine’s land trusts. Our overarching goal is to understand more about the operations, impacts, and trends that are relevant to the land trust movement. We will use the resulting data to provide valuable information back to you and others in the conservation community, to help guide the work of MLTN, and to support advocacy for beneficial public policy and land conservation funding.

MLTN last fielded a census in late 2015. (You can read the resulting report here.) In January, all land trusts in Maine will be asked to complete a new census. Thereafter, we plan to conduct the census every five years. 

We have consulted with the MLTN Steering Committee and made every effort to be thoughtful about each question in the census. Our goal is to have 100% participation. We expect most of you will want to weigh in and be counted, but to further motivate you to take part, everyone who completes the census will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $50 gift cards to Reny’s, “A Maine Adventure!”. 

So be on the look-out for an email that will be sent to the main contact for each organization, as listed on our website, around the second week of January. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to be in touch. Thanks in advance for helping us with this critical undertaking!

It’s Your Turn: The Role of the Board Chair

This event is offered in partnership with Washington Nonprofits

Four online sessions on Tuesdays starting Jan. 15 ending Feb. 5, 2019 

MANP Members* get 50% off, Only $40!

Most MLTN members are MANP member – contact Donna for more info.

Leading a group of governance volunteers can be challenging as well as rewarding. Serving as the chair of the board is not a role for the uninspired and undecided. In this workshop, participants will learn about the chair’s responsibility in strengthening and improving the leadership work of the board as a whole. 

This course is a great primer for new board chairs and excellent refresher for more seasoned board members! Whether you’re a current chair, chair-elect, or head up a committee, this workshop covers leadership skills every board member needs. Topics include: leadership characteristics of effective board leaders, key relationships in and out of the board room, your leadership legacy, facilitating meetings that matter, and ways to engage individual board members. At the end, you’ll have tips and tools to help you start your term with confidence and enthusiasm! 

Read more about the sessions, presenters, and register at  MANP’s website .

Annual Stewardship Day

Friday, January 25th, 2019 

Snow Date: Wednesday, January 30th

Viles Arboretum, August

Once each year, the Maine Land Trust Network organizes a day just for the hardworking people who steward Maine’s conserved lands. We get together, share successes and challenges, get advice from each other, and enjoy some time to simply chat and compare notes. The agenda for the day is set by participants. In the past we have had a mix of presentations, break-out group discussions, full group discussions, and time for socializing and informal networking. This is YOUR DAY, so if you have other ideas to make the time worthwhile, speak up! We’d love to hear from you.

The event is free and open to anyone who plays a role stewarding land trust lands or other conserved properties. To RSVP, email Donna. Once we have all the details finalized and an agenda sketched out for the day, we’ll be in touch. Please join us! 

Project Learning Tree Event Rescheduled

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Project Learning Tree offices

In a previous edition of Infoline we let you know about to learn more about a December 12 session about Project Learning Tree’s K through 12 curriculum. That session had to be rescheduled, so you’ve got a second chance to take advantage! Meet teachers who have invited professionals to their classes, which led to an outdoor classroom plan. The possibilities for offering your expertise are unlimited and your participation with an area school can make a difference for many students. 

Contact Pat Maloney (click Pat’s name to email her or call her at 207-626-7990) for more information or to register. 

Ed Meadows Grants

Applications Due: Friday, February 1st, 2019

The Ed Meadows Conservation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation assists land trusts in the creation and installation of signage that facilitates interpretation and nature education on conservation land owned or held by Maine land trusts. 

Effective signage and interpretive information is a key component of stewardship, enabling ease of visitor use and appreciation of the natural resources and ecological relationships on the properties. Engaging youth in a learning experience outdoors is also critical to conservation programs in the future. Up to three grants will be available annually by competitive proposal for interpretive signs and/or trail apps, including design, construction and installation. Maximum grant award is $5,000.

View grant guidelines and download an application here. See examples of eligible signs here

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Check out these recent conservation job openings. 

Maine Land Conservation Paid Summer Internship – Maine Coast Heritage Trust, hosted by various land trusts

Development Specialist (consultant) – Small Woodland Owners

Resident Gardener (seasonal part-time) – Maine Farmland Trust, Joseph A. Fiore Art Center

Program Manager (contract part-time) – South Portland Land Trust

Executive Director (part-time) – Three Rivers Land Trust

Development Director – Teens to Trails

View all available jobs here .

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants

Applications Due: February 1, 2019, 11:59 pm 

Through the Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants program, general support grants of up to $7,000 as well as funding for specific projects will be awarded to nonprofits working in one or more of the foundation’s five focus areas – promoting Earth’s beauty and bounty; creating a robust, healthy food system; increasing opportunities for outdoor activity; reducing environmental health hazards; and building stronger communities.

Preference will be given to organizations that can demonstrate a clearly defined objective and a viable plan to achieve it, and that operate at the community level and have strong community ties. Organizations also must promote positive change through both their project and the implementation process. To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and support at least one of the foundation’s five focus areas.

See the Clif Bar Family Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.