MLTN Infoline – July 11, 2019

MANP’s Board Boot Camp
Based on our 2019 Land Trust Census (see more below), recruiting, training, and retaining skilled board members continues to be a challenge for many land trusts in Maine. It’s a challenge for all nonprofits. Thankfully, we have Maine Association of Nonprofits on our side, and MLTN has a strong partnership with MANP that helps land trusts access training for new and experienced board members serving on your land trust board. This fall, MANP will offer Core Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards in both Auburn (Sept. 20th) and Portland (Nov. 1st). Sure, it’s a great session for anyone new to board governance, but it’s also great if y our organization has grown beyond its “grassroots” origins and you’re not sure the board has kept up, or if you just want to brush up on the latest best practices. The cost  for the all-day session   is $150 for MANP members (most MLTN members are MANP members), and if more than one person from your organization signs up, each additional registrant saves $25! Choose your partners and sign up to save your spaces today.
Strap on your boots for Board Boot Camp!
Whit , Jeff , and Donna
2019 Maine Land Trust Census Report Now Available!
Download a copy of the report here
A report summarizing results of the 2019 Maine Land Trust Census, which we conducted in January of this year, has now been released and is available on the MLTN website. The results are interesting and they will be useful in myriad ways. Huge thanks to Stephen Shennan and Gary Stern of Stern Consulting International, who helped every step of the way on the project.
One of the most noteworthy things about this census is that it was done with an eye towards allowing us to trend certain data points in a way we never have before. Gary Stern will help us with some analysis and comparisons between the 2018 and 2015 data, and we’ll be sharing these findings with all of you at our regional meetings in the fall. Stay tuned for more on that.
Thanks again to each and every one who took time to fill out the census. Collectively, you have once again proven what a strong land trust community we have here in Maine!
Save the Date And Get the Early Bird Registration Rate: One Maine One Health
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
August Civic Center, Augusta
Cost: rates vary, save 20% if you register before July 31st
One Maine, One Health is Maine Public Health Association ‘s (MPHA’s) 2019 Annual Conference,  and it’s all about uniting Maine’s people, environment and wildlife for better health and economy.  MPHA’s annual conference is the largest statewide meeting dedicated to public health in Maine. It attracts 400+ public health professionals from across the state, and features the latest science, policy, and programming related to public health in Maine. For more information, visit the conference website, or visit their facebook page.  What a great way to come together with the public health sector and spread the word about the healthy benefits of being outdoors on land trust preserved lands in Maine! 
Beyond Bad Training: A Toolkit for Trainers, Teachers + Facilitators  
Wednesday, August 14 in Augusta – this session is FULL, waitlist only
Thursday, August 15 in South Portland
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presenter: Andy Robinson
Cost: $200 for MANP members (most MLTN members are MANP members), some discounts and scholarships are available
In nearly every workplace or organization – nonprofit, for-profit, government – somebody needs to train somebody. Perhaps that person is you, or it’s a role you aspire to fill. Regardless of your training delivery method – online, in-person, or a combination – this workshop will teach you how to engage a diverse learning audience and really make your content stick. Through years of experience,  Andy Robinson has gained the knowledge and tricks of the trade to designing exercises and activities that engage your learners, elicit the right level of participation, and build consensus with effective meetings. 
Maine Conservation Corps Call for Fall Projects
Proposals Due: July 17th, 2019
Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is an AmeriCorps program with a mission to accomplish conservation projects that inspire people and enhance communities. Field Teams and Environmental Stewards can accomplish a wide range of projects at a reasonable cost. And you can take part in supporting and mentoring the next generation of conservation professionals.
Potential projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Recreational trail and land management projects
  • Boundary line maintenance
  • Invasive monitoring and removal
  • Forest fuel reduction
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
Six person Field Teams are available between 9/16/19 and 10/18/19. Six person teams, known as Full Teams, are composed of one Leader, one Assistant Team Leader, and four to five Team Members, and cost $3,950 per week. Teams are equipped with a vehicle, cargo trailer, camping equipment and the tools needed for the project. Local volunteers are welcome to land a hand but teams are able to complete projects with minimal support.  To make a full application to MCC, contact Lindsey May for an application form. 

Need more information about MCC before taking the next step?There’s a new opportunity to connect and learn more about how Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) can help your organization achieve its goals! Please consider joining us on one of the dates for the MCC Roadshows:

  • July 22 in South Portland
  • July 23 in Augusta
  • July 24 in Bangor
All locations will have a half hour slideshow and opportunity to ask questions. The presentation is scheduled from 2pm-3pm, and can go longer if people want individual help with their process.  RSVP Here and you will be sent more information on  specific locations. See you there!
Invasive Forest Pests Workshop 
Monday, July 29th, 2019 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm 
University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Lisbon Falls
Cost: FREE
This workshop is designed to help you identify current and potential forest invasive pests and host species, to understand the threats these pests pose, and to learn how to report suspected pest sightings and damage. All participants will receive an information packet with fact sheets, species lists, and other relevant information regarding these three workshop goals. 
Attendees can earn free CEU’s from the Society of American Foresters Credits, Maine Board of Pesticide Control Credits, and the Maine Board of Licensure of Foresters.
Please contact 207-241-5377 or  with any questions or to reserve a spot. Attendance is free to all who wish to attend.  
Job Openings in the Conservation Sector
Great job opportunities continue to flow in. View the full list here.
Forests and Wildlife Program Director – Natural Resources Council of Maine
Grants Officer – Maine Farmland Trust
Operations Manager – Kennebunkport Conservation Trust
Administrative/Development Assistant – Western Foothills Land Trust
Fundraising Coordinator – Wells Reserve at Laudholm
Communications & Education Coordinator – Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
L.L. Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program
Proposals Due: Friday, September 27th, 2019
L.L.Bean and Maine Coast Heritage Trust are pleased to provide grant support to Maine’s land trust community through this signature program. The purpose of the L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program is to provide strategic funding to Maine land trusts for stewardship activities.  A limited number of grants will be given in amounts not to exceed $4,000. Projects that enhance public access to conserved lands, strengthen a trust’s stewardship capabilities, or facilitate preserve management planning are a priority. Projects that meet one of these priority goals and also involve collaboration between land trusts and/or other organizations (e.g, other non-profits, municipal governments, schools, etc.) may be given special consideration.  Visit the MLTN website to view guidelines, a summary of past grants, and to download an application. 
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