MLTN Infoline – January 11, 2019

Conservation Task Force Taking Comments on Draft Recommendations

Since last May, a 20-member Task Force has been discussing the future of land conservation in Maine. Co-chaired by MCHT’s Tim Glidden and Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Executive Director David Trahan, the task force has met six times, solicited public feedback, and gathered information from dozens of experts. Earlier this week they released draft recommendations outlining a future path of land conservation activities in Maine over the next decade and beyond. Now, they are seeking public comments before finalizing their findings and completing their report in February. Visit the Conservation Task Force website today and share your thoughts by January 23. Together we can ensure the next generation of land conservation in Maine continues the incredible progress enjoyed over the past few decades.

Every voice is important!

Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Call for Espy Land Heritage Award Nominations

Maine Coast Heritage Trust presents the Espy Land Heritage Award to an individual, organization, agency or coalition for exemplary conservation efforts in Maine. The award recognizes those that have made outstanding contributions to land conservation in Maine while inspiring others. Maine is particularly rich with many people and groups worthy of this honor, who like the award’s namesake Jay Espy have demonstrated outstanding conservation vision and leadership, and spread a spirit of collaboration. Please consider submitting a nomination for a person, organization or coalition you admire this year. 

The recipient of the award will be recognized at the Maine Land Conservation Conference on Saturday, April 6th, and will be entitled to direct $5,000 to a nonprofit organization of their choosing. Nominations must be received or postmarked by Friday, February 15th. Visit our website for more information and an application .

Great Maine Outdoor Week

Friday, February 8th – Sunday, Februay 17th

Please submit your events by January 25th!!

GMOW – Great Maine Outdoor Week – is a wonderful way for land trusts to participate in a statewide effort to promote healthy outdoor activities for ALL, and to encourage those who might be feeling hesitant about winter sports to get out and try something new. Looking for a creative way to promote GMOW? How about posting a video to your website or Facebook page? Check out our YouTube channel for several fun options.

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Offers Fun Outdoor Activities For Everyone

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Offers Fun Outdoor Activities For Everyone

Challenge members and friends to invite someone who needs a little coaxing to get outside and do something fun and social. Let’s make this the best Great Maine Outdoor Week yet! Learn more and submit your events here . 

The Best Free One-Hour Cybersecurity Awareness Training Ever

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Cost: FREE

This event is offered through a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and RoundTable Technology. 

Cybersecurity can seem complex and scary, but it’s MOSTLY about people and behavior. And it turns out there are some pretty basic things you can do (like attending this webinar!) to make yourself and your organization significantly more secure. Invite your colleagues to attend this webinar with you – the more the merrier! Heck, make your New Year’s resolution to get your entire staff FREE cybersecurity awareness training. 

For all the details and registration info, visit MANP’s website

Tapping Into Community Potential

Three online sessions on Wednesdays Jan 16 – 30, 2019

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Cost: $30 with MANP member discount*

This event is offered through a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits, Washington Nonprofits, and Seattle Works. 

This online course series is designed to help you increase the pool of volunteers in your area and more effectively communicate with groups you might be missing – specifically focusing on board members and corporate volunteers. Participants of this online course will leave with:

  • A comprehensive board audit
  • A concrete action plan to recruit more diverse board members
  • Effective messaging to engage and recruit corporate volunteers

For all the details and registration info, visit MANP’s website

*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna for more info.

Writing Grants for the Common Good

Four online sessions on Thursdays starting Feb. 7 – Feb. 28, 2019

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Cost: $175 with MANP member discount*

This event is offered through a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and Idaho Nonprofit Center. 

This four-part online series will breakdown the grant process and will provide instruction and exercises for organizations preparing and writing grants. Presenter Laurel York Odell will provide specific examples and walk participants through the preparation and submission of funding opportunities. This series will cover:

  • Creating your case for support 
  • Matching funders with your programs/projects 
  • Recognizing and following funder requirements
  • Tips for making your proposal a standout

For all the details and registration info, visit MANP’s website

*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna for more info.

Call for Rally Presentations Open

Proposals Due: February 19th

Attending the national Land Trust Rally is always fun, but it’s especially exciting when you’re there to share your expertise and experience as a workshop presenter. Don’t believe us? Watch this short video! The Land Trust Alliance is now accepting proposals for sessions at this year’s event, October 17th through 19th in Raleigh, North Carolina. Propose a workshopand be part of Rally this year!

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. 

Seasonal Stewardship Positions – Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Development Director – Midcoast Conservancy

Summer Stewardship Assistant – Blue Hill Heritage Trust

Field Ecology Intern – Maine Natural Areas Program (DACF)

Stream Barrier Assessment Crew Member -The Nature Conservancy

Ronald Joseph Summer Internship – Kennebec Land Trust

View all available jobs here .