MLTN Infoline – July 9, 2020

Maine Land Trusts Preserving History

As Maine marks its bicentennial and our nation approaches its 250th year, MLTN is highlighting land trust conserved properties that preserve important chapters of Maine’s history. While their primary mission is to conserve wildlife habitat, working lands, and outdoor recreation areas, Maine land trusts sometimes have the opportunity to protect a property that also provides a snapshot in time from a era gone by. Our new Maine Land Trusts Preserving History web page provides brief descriptions of some of these properties and links to find additional information on each one. Recent events have challenged many to re-visit our collective history. Not surprisingly, this list of land trust conserved properties also includes stories that can inform conversations of how Maine should learn from its past to shape a better future for all citizens.
Let us know if your organization has a story we can add to the page,
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

SWAP CAT Data Request

Are you working on a project to conserve at-risk wildlife or habitats identified in Maine’s 2015-2025 State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)? Would you like to learn more about how your project fits into Maine’s most comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy? If so, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is now accepting submissions to their SWAP Conservation Action Tracker (SWAP CAT). The SWAP CAT is the nation’s first citizen science tool that allows partners to directly contribute information on their SWAP-related wildlife and habitat conservation, management, and outreach projects; search for projects by species, habitats, methods, and region; and, track Maine’s progress toward meeting the goals of the SWAP. Submissions take only 5 minutes, and you may choose to have your project spotlighted on MDIFW’s SWAP homepage. Visit the SWAP CAT today to explore projects already in the tool and to request an account to add your own. All submissions received by July 15, 2020 may also elect to be featured on an upcoming blog post featuring conservation partner contributions to wildlife conservation. Please contact Amanda Cross, MDIFW SWAP Coordinator, with any questions or to see if your project is a good fit for the SWAP CAT.

Maine Climate Council Solicits Feedback

In June, the Maine Climate Council received  35 recommendations developed by six working groups between November 2019 and June 2020. Governor Mills and the state legislature established the council in 2019 and asked them to deliver a proposed State Climate Action Plan by December of this year. 
The Maine Climate Council has begun to assess the working group recommendations as they develop a proposed action plan for the Governor and state legislators to consider later this year. The Council is soliciting feedback and encourages interested parties to share their opinions . Maine land trusts are an important voice to add to that feedback. The Climate Council website also shares some of the latest Maine-based climate-science data and other background information.

The Latest on the PPP Flexibility Act, the HEROES Act, and PPP Tracking in QuickBooks (FREE Partner Webinar)

This webinar is offered through a MANP partnership with QuickBooks Made Easy
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Please note that this webinar is for users of BOTH QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online.

Need to know the latest about nonprofits when it comes to all things PPP loan-related? Join Gregg Bossen, CPA as he presents the latest up-to-date information for nonprofits concerning the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, the HEROES Act, and PPP Tracking in QuickBooks.  This webinar will be 75 minutes long with about 15 minutes for questions at the end.

This webinar is free but registration is required. For more information and registration link, visit MANP.

Practical Tips to Inspire Board Risk Leadership (FREE Partner Webinar)

This webinar is offered through a MANP partnership with Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Cost: FREE for MANP members*
The board of a nonprofit has ultimate legal and moral responsibility for the organization’s health and well-being. To protect an organization’s mission, reputation and assets, the board must provide thoughtful risk oversight. Join NRMC for this webinar exploring how to inspire your board to embrace and live up to its fiduciary roles, including responsibility for risk oversight.
This webinar is free but registration is required. Learn more and register here. 
*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna if you’re not sure whether you are an MLTN member.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources from MANP

We’ve heard recently from several Maine land trusts who are starting to think seriously about these topics and are beginning to look inward. MANP has an impressive list of resources on the topic that includes data, videos, articles, tools and more. While no one source has all the answers, this list in MANP’s Answer Center   would be a great place to start your journey.

Join Teach ME Outside’s Evaluation Collaborative

Deadline to apply: July 17th, 2020
Teach ME Outside is seeking individuals in Maine to be a part of an Environmental Education Evaluation Collaborative. This group will meet three times between August 2020 and December 2020 and will focus on sharing evaluation methods and recent research in environmental education, expanding knowledge of validated evaluation tools and how to apply these tools to your programs, and exploring shared measures to understand field-wide impact. These conversations will be informed by findings from the Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning, Maine’s first statewide snapshot of the creative and innovative programming occurring across Maine, both in-school and out-of-school, to connect youth to their environments and communities. Participants will be compensated with a $50 stipend for each gathering they attend. 
Please click here for more information about this opportunity.  This opportunity is first-come, first-serve so please register soon! 

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Some great opportunities are available for those looking for a new position. View the full list  here .
Executive Director – Androscoggin Land Trust
Land Steward – Viles Arboretum
Director of Membership and Programming – The Kennebec Land Trust
Trails, Grounds, Facilities Supervisor – Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program