MLTN Infoline – December 2, 2020

FREE Risk Management Webinars from LTA

No one likes to think about it, but we all should. Risk management is an important consideration for all nonprofits; as land holders, it’s particularly important for land trusts. Land Trust Alliance is here to help with three free risk management webinars. Two are advanced sessions that require participants to have taken at least one previous risk management session, and one is a basic session for first-timers. Each of these session will take place from 3-4pm.
Dec 10th – Advanced Risk Management: Safety Plans and Waivers
Jan 14th – Advanced Risk Management: Conflict or Compromise?
Jan 20th – Basic Risk Management: Tools and Resources
If you are in Terrafirma or want to be, these sessions could be of special interest. This year, any land trust board or staff member who attends a risk management program may claim the Terrafirma risk management discount for 2021.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s “be prepared for the unexpected!”,
WhitJeff, and Donna

Annual Changemakers Gathering and Call for Applications

Application closes December 21
Are you an established leader in the environment and conservation sector in Maine who is passionate about equity and sharing your skills and knowledge with Maine’s brilliant, young environmental Changemakers? Are you interested in cultivating your understanding of how to build a more inclusive and equitable sector to better support ALL Maine youth on their path to environmental leadership? If you answered yes to either – or both – of these questions, MEEA Changemakers wants to hear from you!
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Virtual Winter Maine Environmental Changemakers Network Gathering on January 29-31. Adults above the age of 30 who are established leaders/mentors, and youth between 15-30, are encouraged to apply. Please visit the Maine Environmental Education Association’s website or click here to apply.

Three Case Studies from Highstead Show Value of Conserved Lands

What do Stamford, CT; Bethel, ME; and Grand Lake Stream, ME have in common? They were able to bring communities together to invest in conserving land by focusing on – and delivering on – the economic value to the community. Land conservation requires a significant investment by communities and finding the support for the investment can be challenging. But these three communities succeeded by making a clear case and having a solid understanding that while land conservation can often be seen as just a nice-to-have, it can actually add solid economic benefits to the community. 
A recent study entitled “Assessing The Local Economic Impacts Of Land Protection,” published in the journal Conservation Biology and co-authored by Spencer Meyer, found compelling connections between permanent land protection and positive impacts on local economies throughout New England. Specifically, higher levels of land protection led to greater numbers of people employed. Highstead has developed three case studies to ground these findings in the stories and experiences of real towns and cities across New England. The case study summary and the individual case studies can be printed and downloaded.

Saying Yes to Wildlands AND Woodlands

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
4:00 – 5:30pm
How can New England best protect its forests as the region sits at the precipice of climate change, biodiversity loss, development, and forest fragmentation? The answer to this question often falls in one of two camps: either conserve forests as working lands that provide timber and other forest products, or protect them as wildlands without timber harvesting. In this discussion, two region-wide conservation organizations who approach forest protection from seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum will show how the strategies of protecting wildlands (forests largely left in a natural and undisturbed condition) and woodlands (forests managed to provide wood products) are not in conflict, but can in fact be complementary. Northeast Wilderness Trust Executive Director Jon Leibowitz, New England Forestry Foundation Executive Director Bob Perschel, and Kestrel Land Trust Executive Director Kristin DeBoer will unite their years of conservation experience to demonstrate that protecting both wildlands AND woodlands is an effective approach to addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and economic security.
Visit NWT’s website for more information and to register.

Prospecting and Qualification: Building the Pipeline to Fundraising Success

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
11:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $20 for MANP Members*
Brought to you thanks to a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
We all need more support. Especially this year! Let’s demystify the process for identifying our best candidates to support our work. Then let’s talk about tools and tips to determine the willingness to support and the level at which they can provide support. Learn more about prospect research and discovery visits with individuals, corporations, and foundations, too. Explore tactics to support engagement while social distancing. Get all the details and register at MANP’s website.
*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna if you would like to check on your MLTN membership status.

Responding to Microaggressions

Thursday, December 17, 2020
11:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $20 for MANP Members*
Brought to you thanks to a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Microaggressions are daily verbal and nonverbal insults of slights, whether intentional or not, that target a person’s marginalized identity. Each of us has experienced microaggressions at different points in our lives. Microaggressions are one of the most common reasons that a person with marginalized identities checks out of work or leaves their place of employment. Participants will explore how microaggressions appear in the workplace and community and discuss ways to interrupt and respond to microaggressions to better equity and create belonging.
Visit MANP’s website for details and to register.
*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna if you would like to check on your MLTN membership status.

Virtual Professional Development for Northern New England Educators

Four Wednesdays, Jan 13th through Feb 3rd, from 7:00 to 8:30pm
Cost: $40 includes printed copy of the module
Deadline: Please register by January 4th, 2021
The Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) is announcing a virtual professional development program to be offered over four weeks in early 2021. In partnership with the Vermont State Parks, Plymouth State University, and the National Writing Project New Hampshire, the environmental place-based writing workshop will focus on the Project Learning Tree Exploring Environmental Issues module titled Places We Live.
This workshop, designed for both educators and writers, will honor and consider the first people to culturally interact with places we consider significant. This environmental justice theme is a strand that will run throughout the workshop. The learning outcomes built into the course include describing how the writing process can connect one to the place where one lives, explaining how a cultural, ecological, historical and social identity contribute to one’s sense of place, identifying resources to help one become an active participant in shaping one’s environment for a quality experience, and illustrating how individual actions can help build community and attachment to place. Each week, participants will be given a writing prompt, have time to write, and then an opportunity to share during each of the first three sessions.

Jobs in the Conservation Sector

Check out our listings for open conservation positions in and around Maine. Here are the latest additions.
Associate Development Director – Western Foothills Land Trust
Team Leader Training – Maine Conservation Corps
Field Coordinator – Maine Conservation Corps
Conservation Director – Northeast Wilderness Trust
Baxter Park Winter Ranger – Baxter State Park
Development Specialist – Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire
Full list here.

The Maine Land Trust Network seeks to promote voluntary land conservation by building the quality and effectiveness of land trusts and the Maine conservation community through communication, coordination and education. The Network is supported and coordinated by 
Maine Coast Heritage Trust and its Land Trust Program.