MLTN Infoline – January 30, 2019

New Administration Takes Shape

There are many new faces, and a few familiar ones, surfacing in Augusta as the Mills’ Administration puts its team together. The Governor’s nominee to head the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) is someone who would be new to state government, but well known to the land trust community. Amanda Beal, President of Maine Farmland Trust, is one of 15 Mills has chosen to join her cabinet. A public hearing on Amanda’s nomination to head DACF has not yet been scheduled. However, hearings on other nominees are beginning this week. If confirmed by the Senate, these individuals will begin official duties soon after. For more information on other individuals chosen to lead state agencies that deal with issues related to the work of land trusts and natural resource protection, visit here.

Here’s to new beginnings!

Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Save the Date: Maine Environmental Education Association Conference

Friday, March 15th, 2019

UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast

This year’s MEEA conference will feature more than 30 workshops and presentations revolving around the following strands:

  • Citizen Science and Technology – How can educators use crowd-sourced data collection, information and communications technology in programming as a tool for change?
  • Green Leadership – What skills do you need to be a more effective community-based environmental Changemaker?
  • Connecting With Nature – What education strategies do you use that help Mainers connect to nature?
  • Better Together: Partnerships That Accelerate Impact – How can two or more organizations, schools, or individuals collaborate to more effectively engage community members in environmental learning?

Registration opens soon! More information at http://meeassociation.org.

Summer Interns Wanted!

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Wage: Approx. $12.50 per hour, 35-40 hours per week, 10 weeks, up to $5000

Do you know a student who is looking for summer employment working in the great outdoors of Maine? We are looking for ten Maine undergraduate, certificate program or trade school students looking to gain experience in land stewardship and conservation. Each student intern will be placed with a Maine land trust host, and will learn about land conservation and the practical skills involved in caring for conserved lands. The program begins on June 10th and ends on August 16th. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and willing and able to work independently or as part of a team. Must have reliable transportation.

For more information and application details, email gro.t1560879676hcm@s1560879676nretn1560879676i1560879676

Lead Like No Other: Behaviors for Gaining Agreement and Engagement

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

1:00 – 1:45 pm

Location: Your desk! Interactive webinar

Cost: $30 for MANP members*, $50 for nonmembers 

The development of leadership behaviors that inspire others to action involves more than refining strategies and tactics. To effectively lead others requires that aspiring leaders are able to effectively lead themselves first. The approach of this training is to help individuals understand the research behind effective leadership and personal well-being so they can maximize the opportunities that their actions will inspire those around them to follow their direction. The Lead Like No Other model is based on research conducted in the science of influence as well as emotional intelligence. It also references recent work on the development of habits from a neurobiological perspective. All of this is presented in a manner that combines research with real world experience and application.

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

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

Preventing and Interrupting Harassment Through Active Bystander Training

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

1:00 – 4:00 pm

The Opportunity Alliance, 50 Lydia Lane, South Portland

Cost: $65 for MANP members*, $105 for non-members

The goal of this three-hour training is to give participants the awareness to recognize microaggressions and identity-based harassment in the early stages, and the skills to intervene both for their own safety and as an effective ally to others targeted in the workplace, in public, and other settings. This is a highly engaging training using small group work, pair exercises, and movement to generate discussion and create a fun and impactful learning environment. 

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

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

Wildland Fire Training for Volunteers

March 14th and June 13th , 2019

12:00 – 1:30 pm on March 14th, 8 am – 4 pm on June 13th

Cost: FREE

The Nature Conservancy will be hosting this Wildland Fire Fighting Training course this spring/summer. The are looking for volunteers willing to assist on controlled burns in Maine and New Hampshire. Click here for the information flyer. 

This introductory course is designed to provide entry-level firefighting skills, instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and prepare new firefighters for local and national fire response. Students will be introduced to, and gain knowledge of, basic incident management organization, firefighting techniques, suppression equipment, safety, strategy and tactics, along with basic fire behavior. Field exercises will be performed for valuable hands-on training. There is a physical requirement, and independent online course work must be completed by June 12, 2019. 

2019 Better Selves Fellowship

Apply Online by March 17th

The Better Selves Fellowship is born out of the belief that the challenges facing our communities are so vast that more work, more information, faster and longer hours cannot be the only answer; what’s needed is space to remember and be our better selves: clear-headed, compassionate, courageous, wise. Knoll Farm believes that everyone needs time to refill their wells, to return to a personal practice, to have time to reflect and to make sense of things in order to find courage and clarity. This year they will award 60 seven-day fellowships at the Refuge at Knoll Farm. The fellowship allows time to work on a specific project that needs your focus, to write, to brainstorm solutions, or simply to get your head back on straight by walking and living on a healthy working farm. Here’s a full description of The Better Selves Fellowship

NFWF National Resilient Communities Program

Pre-proposals Due: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, launched the Resilient Communities Program in 2017 to prepare for future environmental challenges by enhancing community capacity to plan and implement resiliency projects and improve the protections afforded by natural ecosystems. The program focuses on declines in water quality and quantity, forest health concerns, and sea-level rise, and emphasizes community inclusion and assistance for traditionally underserved populations in vulnerable areas.

In 2019, Resilient Communities grants will emphasize the interconnectedness of natural systems and community well-being through the use of wetlands, coastal habitats, and other ecosystems to alleviate future floods, storm events, and sea level-rise in Eastern states; sustaining water quantity and quality through enhanced natural infrastructure in the Central United States; and conserving healthy forests, managing wildfire fuels, and restoring habitats for healthy forest ecosystems in Western states.

Priority will be given to high-impact resiliency adaptations that help communities prepare for fire in the U.S. West, floods and droughts in the Midwest, and sea-level rise along the Eastern seaboard; and to community demonstration and capacity-building projects that help communities understand environmental risks and opportunities and organize and take actions to improve local resiliency by enhancing natural buffers and system functions.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website

NAWCA Standard Grants

Applications must be submitted through the online grant system by Friday, February 22nd (could be extended due to shut-down)

The deadline for the second grant cycle is July 3, 2019

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. To download the US Standard Grants Fact Sheet, view the most recently funded projects, or learn how to apply, visit the US Fish & Wildlife Service website.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Program can assist with maps and biological information for your proposal. Contact Kelly Chadbourne at (207)781-8364 ext. 16. 

Contact Mitch Hartley, North Atlantic Coordinator for the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, for assistance with proposals, for information about how proposals are ranked, and/or for guidance on Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act compliance requirements.

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

We have had a big influx of new positions this month! We can’t list them all, but here are a few and you can read the full list here

Executive Director – Greater Lovell Land Trust

Wilderness Education Guide – Rippleffect, Inc.

Land Steward (Southern & Western ME) – Maine Farmland Trust

Erickson Fields Apprenticeship – Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Piping Plover Technician – Maine Audubon & Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

Development and Administrative Manager – Kennebunk Land Trust

Summer Land Steward (full time contract) – Kennebec Estuary Land Trust