MLTN Infoline – February 6, 2020

Call for Espy Land Heritage Award Nominations

It’s time to pick your nominee for the Espy Award! Do you know a person or group that has made outstanding contributions to land conservation in Maine? Maine Coast Heritage Trust presents this award in honor of long-time president Jay Espy, whose vision, leadership, and spirit of collaboration were instrumental in helping many land trusts over the years. The award will be presented April 25th at the 2020 Maine Land Conservation Conference, and the recipient will be entitled to direct $5,000 to the nonprofit of their choosing. Learn more and make your nomination by clicking hereNominations are due March 6th.
Together we can inspire leadership and innovation,
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Maine Climate Council Update

In late January, the Maine Climate Council met for the second time. The all-day session at the Augusta Civic Center began with some opening remarks and six presentations from the group’s Science and Technical Committee. Each presentation outlined current and projected climate change impacts in Maine and can be viewed here (video begins around minute 11 and ends around the 3.5-hour mark). You can also view a pdf of the presentations. The next Maine Climate Council meeting will be in June. Between now and then, the council’s six working groups will be meeting monthly to develop recommendations for the full council to consider during the second half of 2020.  We have invited members of the Maine Climate Council to attend this year’s Maine Land Conservation Conference. Stay tuned for more information as we work out final details.

Annual Gathering for Land Stewards

Friday, February 28th, 2020 (Snow date March 3rd)
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
American Legion Post 37, Thomaston
Each winter the Maine Land Trust Network convenes this informal gathering for anyone who helps care for Maine’s conserved lands. Participants  direct the agenda, and we leave plenty of time for topics that bubble up. Following the meeting we’ll have a brown bag lunch together, and then visit one of three nearby trails including a new fat bike trail. Visit our website for details as they become available. RSVP to Donna () if you’d like to attend.

Conservation Lands Registry Reminder

Accounts must be renewed annually between Jan. 1st and Mar. 30th
It’s that time of year!  As per 33 MRS §479C, a holder of a conservation easement or a fee owner of land held for conservation purposes that is organized or doing business in the State shall annually report to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
Renewing your account will allow you to:
  • update the Registry with newly acquired easements and fee holdings
  • confirm the monitoring status of your easement(s) records in your registry account.
The annual fee per organization/account holder is $80. Have  your organization’s Registry account username and password available to initiate & complete the renewal of your organization’s account.
Visit to access your account.  For questions about your organization or agency’s account or about the registration renewal process, please telephone (207) 287-3200.

Introducing The Brookie Awards from NRCM

NRCM Rising ‘s new awards program,  The Brookie Awards , celebrates young environmental leaders in Maine.  Six changemakers will be awarded in recognition of their leadership, action, and commitment to shaping Maine’s environmental future.  Brookie Award recipients will receive a $1,000 cash prize and have access to professional leadership and skill-building trainings.
  • Between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Lives or goes to school in Maine
  • Demonstrates positive, impactful leadership in Maine’s environmental movement

For application or nomination questions or assistance, please email 

Faster, Better, Cheaper: Building Your Field Data Collection Tools for Monitoring
Thursday, February 13, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Instructors:  Calen May-Tobin,  Kyle Pinjuv,  Lisa Shealy
Cost:  $65 for LTA members, $100 non-members

Collecting, integrating and managing field data for property monitoring can be tricky. Juggling GIS devices, tablets and maps, much less moving that information to a database can test even the most experienced land trust staffer. With all the technology options out there, it can be difficult to decide the most accurate, efficient and cost-effective approach to designing your monitoring protocol.  Join stewardship experts as they discuss homegrown strategies for developing the right monitoring protocol that fits the needs (and budget!) of your monitoring program. They will discuss how to use technology that is cheap, free, or that you already own – including Avenza, Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Adobe – to ensure that your monitoring data is collected and stored in the most efficient way possible. They will also briefly discuss when it might be time for your land trust to start considering the leap to larger database driven software programs. Participants will:
  • Explore and understand the different options for mobile monitoring 
  • Learn how to build and utilize monitoring forms using commonly used software that does not require expensive membership fees
  • Simplify your process for field collection, data management and report writing

Learn more and register at LTA’s website. 

Reducing Risk and Ensuring Informed Decision-making through Complete Stewardship Documentation
Thursday, February 20, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cost:  $65 for LTA members, $100 non-members

Creating and managing records and files is central to land trust work. Land trusts need accurate and easily retrievable records to meet legal and contractual obligations, track and evaluate activities and be prepared to defend their property interests through enforcement and litigation. A well-designed and well-implemented system of records management is essential – so are procedures that clarify when and how stewardship-related events should be documented.  Join attorney and consultant Connie Manes, Kent Land Trust, as she lays out what Land Trust Standards and Practices says about documenting the ongoing condition of conserved lands and the new accreditation requirements. Participants will:
  • Learn when it is appropriate to document changes to land under conservation easement, and the options for doing so
  • Understand how to implement best practices in documenting annual monitoring visits
  • Identify the types of stewardship documentation that should be kept and how to maintain it for the organization and for evidentiary purposes, including:
    • Baseline documentation reports and land management plans
    • Important correspondence, photos and non-textual information
    • Monitoring reports
    • Documentation of suspected violations, investigations and resolutions
    • Notices, requests and approvals to exercise permitted rights

Learn more and register at LTA’s website. 

The Basics of Nonprofit Succession Planning

Wednesdays, Mar. 11, Mar. 18 & Mar. 25
3:00 – 4:00 pm 
Cost: $60 for MANP members*  (most land trusts are MANP members*)
According to BoardSource, 73% of nonprofits have not yet created a plan for their leadership continuity.  What does “succession planning” mean in your organization? Nonprofit executives and board members often react nervously, even negatively, to conversations about succession. If there is a sudden transition in a key leadership role, lack of succession planning will put missions in danger and organizations at risk. But such transitions also provide opportunities for growth if your organization has a culture of leadership continuity focused on developing the human capital it will need for the future.  This series will:
  • Frame succession planning as essential to your organization’s long-term sustainability
  • Outline the essential components of an effective succession plan
  • Present five options for beginning your organization’s leadership continuity work
  • Provide specific tools and resources to support that work
Visit MANP’s website for details on individual sessions and registration.
*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.

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

New job postings continue to flow in. View the full list  here .
Multiple openings, permanent and seasonal – Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Lands Manager – Boothbay Region Land Trust
Land Steward – Greater Lovell Land Trust
Stewardship Assistant – Friends of Acadia
Summit Steward – Friends of Acadia
Land Steward (temp) – Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
Resident Gardiner (Part-time) – Maine Farmland Trust
Community Conservation Technician and Field Crew Leader – Downeast Lakes Land Trust