MLTN Infoline – February 26, 2020

Land Trusts Fundraising for Climate Work

Land trusts play a critical role in the response to climate change. Is your land trust looking to raise more money to do this crucial work? If so, please register for the upcoming  March 26  webinar, “Land Trusts Fundraising for Climate Work.” This webinar is designed specifically for northern New England land trusts based on answers they provided to a recent survey, and it is appropriate for land trusts of all sizes. In  90 minutes, you’ll get real-world examples and practical ideas for how your land trust can ramp up its climate work. Learn more on our website.
The webinar instructor will be  Judy Anderson of Community Consultants. Judy has been focusing a lot of attention on climate change and land trusts. She offers a web page and newsletter that may be of interest as well.
Stay tuned for more resources on climate change as the year unfolds,
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Reminder: Nominations for Espy Land Heritage Award

Maine is such a special place because of the many people who had – and continue to have – the foresight, creativity, and drive to take steps to protect its unique character. Those folks deserve to be recognized, and we do recognize one deserving conservation individual or organization each year at the Maine  Land Conservation Conference.  The recipient is entitled to direct $5,000 to the nonprofit of their choosing. This year, the Conference takes place on  April 25th at the Mt. Ararat Middle School and Orion Performing Arts Center.  Learn more and make your nomination by clicking  here 

Governor Releases Supplemental Budget

Earlier this month, Governor Mills released a Supplemental Budget proposal. She is requesting minor additions to the biennial budget enacted last June, but there are many provisions related to land conservation. Among other things, the budget would add staff support to Maine’s State Parks, the Land for Maine’s Future Program, Maine’s Public Lands, and the state’s Land and Water Conservation program. It is still too early to tell whether all or any of these requests will be approved by the legislature as the budget moves through the process. Collectively, the new positions would significantly bolster programs that received disproportionate cuts over the past decade. The legislature will enact a final Supplemental Budget prior to adjourning in April. For more information, contact MCHT’s Jeff Romano.

Maine Land Trust Network Steering Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Approximately 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Topsham
The Maine Land Trust Network is guided by a steering committee made up of representatives from local and statewide land trusts. It meets three times a year to discuss issues of concern to all Maine land conservation groups. In 2020, we will be using these meetings to think strategically about the future of land conservation in Maine. These meetings are open to the public. Please contact Donna if you’d like to attend. 

A Primer in Effective Stakeholder Engagement

Cost: $30 Members/$60 Non-members – Use Discount Code MANP at checkout
Engaging stakeholders and partners in projects can be stressful and challenging. Without support and buy-in from your key stakeholders, projects can go sideways and in some cases be halted. Learn the building blocks of a stakeholder engagement plan and start on your path to learning how to successfully identify, engage and partner with your stakeholders. This 90-minute training will provide an overview of stakeholder mapping and provide examples of effective outreach tools.  You will leave with an understanding of the purpose and necessity of having a stakeholder engagement plan in your  organization  or your project.
Learn more and register by visiting MANP’s website.
Federal Tax Law: The Latest and Greatest
Thursday, March 12, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Instructors:  Jessica Jay,  Rob Levin
Cost:  $65 for LTA members, $100 non-members

As usual, there’s a lot going on at the Tax Court and at the IRS that land trusts need to know about. Updating their popular Rally workshop, attorneys Jessica Jay and Rob Levin will bring everyone up to speed on the latest developments in case law and actions to curtail conservation easement syndicated deals.  How will you benefit from this webinar?
  • Hear the latest decisions/actions from the courts and IRS concerning conservation easements/fee land donations
  • Learn prudent strategies to address those actions/decisions
  • Learn the latest on conservation easement syndications
Content provided in this webinar is provided with the understanding that the presenters are not providing legal counsel. If legal advice is needed, the services of competent, local attorneys should be sought.

Learn more and register at Land Trust Alliance’s website. 

Focus on Grant Writing: Tools for Success

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street, Portland
Offered through a partnership between the Maine Association of Nonprofits and the Maine Philanthropy Center
Does your nonprofit want to seek grants as a tactic to secure funding? This full-day interactive workshop will provide an overview of the tools that beginners need to succeed. Participants will gain knowledge of the:
  • Philanthropic landscape in Maine and nationally
  • Principles of fundraising
  • Universal components included in grant proposals
  • Principles of research and resources available to find grant funding opportunities
  • Keys to writing an effective proposal
Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how grant proposals fit into their funding strategy, practical tools for writing, and the inspiration to take the next step.
This beginner-level workshop is best suited to people who are new to grant seeking with little to no experience. Workshop registration capacity is limited to ensure that we have opportunities for participation and discussion.  Learn more and register at MANP’s website . 
* For organizations with an operating budget of $500,000 or less, the MLTN membership includes a complimentary membership in MANP. Contact Donna to check if your land trust is a MLTN member.

Joining the Party: How to Authentically Build Audiences through Social Media

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 pm 
Cost: $65 for LTA members/ $100 for non-members
What if there were a way to listen in on what your volunteers, supporters and partners (including landowners) were saying about the work of your land trust? Good news! There is. When social media strategies are done well, it’s possible to engage authentically with both new and committed audiences. Join communication expert Brandon Hayes as he explores the ways that various adult audiences (with a particular focus on Millennials) use social media to identify with nature, conservation and the outdoors. Filled with lots of examples from Brandon’s time with Chicago Openlands and other organizations he has worked with, this webinar is a must for anyone interested in upping their social media presence. 
How will you benefit from this webinar?
  • Think strategically about how to join the social media conversation with Millennials and other adults
  • Identify which platform works best for your organization and audience
  • Develop a plan to increase authentic engagement using social media platforms

Register at Land Trust Alliance’s website.

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector
New job postings continue to flow in. View the full list here .
Development & Communications Assistant – Wild Seed Project
Stewardship Assistant – Great Works Regional Land Trust
Team Leader, Trails – Maine Conservation Corps
Development Director – Georges River Land Trust
Invasive Plant Biology Intern – Maine Natural Areas Program
Summer Camp Environmental Educator – Maine Audubon