MLTN Infoline – June 11, 2019

Time to Spiff Up Your Land Trust Newsletter? 
When was the last time a donor said your newsletter inspired them? If it’s been a while, it may be time for a refresh. The Land Trust Alliance is joining forces with Judy Anderson and Dorene Warner to offer land trusts simple strategies for transforming your newsletter to create stronger connections with your donors and community members.  Anatomy of a Great Newsletterwill teach you to:
  • Understand how people read today and how you can match your newsletter to their expectations
  • Map out effective content based upon your mission and focus
  • Apply design principles to increase comprehension and impact  
  • Understand the pros and cons of print and digital newsletters; how to repurpose content, and how they can complement each other

This webinar is scheduled for this  Thursday, June 13th, at 2:00pm. At $65 per connection for LTA members ($100 for non-members) you can gather many people together for a group learning experience that will take your newsletter to the next level. Visit landtrustalliance.org to register.  

Judy is one of our favorite conservation gurus. Take advantage of this opportunity!   Whit , Jeff , and Donna
Maine’s Wildlife Action Plan Conservation Action Tracker (SWAP CAT) is live!
Maine is a diverse and special place, from our rugged rocky coastline to the peak of Mount Katahdin. We have intact forests and cool clean waters that support 34,000 fish and wildlife species, including 378 at-risk species. Maine’s 2015-2025 Wildlife Action Plan is our state’s vision for safeguarding these vulnerable species and their habitats through voluntary conservation actions. There are over 600 ongoing and new conservation actions in the Wildlife Action Plan being undertaken by landowners, companies, non-governmental organizations, tribes, government agencies, and individuals.  Every conservation action taken to benefit a species or habitat makes a difference. Maine’s Conservation Action Tracker (CAT) allows users to:
  • Document and showcase efforts to conserve Maine’s most vulnerable species and habitats
  • Learn about Wildlife Action Plan conservation projects across Maine
  • Search projects by the species or habitats they benefit
  • Make connections with other partners throughout the state
Anyone can explore conservation projects with the CAT. Create  an account to contribute or edit project information. For bulk uploads (>10 conservation projects) to the CAT, please contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for assistance. 
Cyber Security 101: Practical Ways to Protect Your Nonprofit
Brought to you through a partnership between MANP and Idealware
Three Thursdays in July (11, 18, & 25) from 1 – 2:30 pm
$135 with MANP discount (most MLTN members are MANP members, contact Donna to check on your MLTN member status)
Cyber Security is an increasingly important issue to the nonprofit community. Financially motivated cyber-attacks are increasing in frequency and nonprofit organizations are now a specific target due to their lack of policies and security training. This webinar series will explore the mechanisms of cyber-attacks and how to protect against them at the organizational level, steps individual staff members can take to help reduce threats, and how to assess and plan for improvements in your organization. Designed for small to medium-sized organizations, this course will focus on simple, practical solutions. The series will finish  with an “ask the expert” session where you can try to stump Tech Impact’s highly experienced consulting team with your security questions. 
 
More information and a link to register at MANP’s website.
Forestry for Maine Birds: Managing Woodlands “with Birds in Mind”
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
4:00 – 8:00 pm
Sewall Woods Preserve, Whiskeag Road, Bath
Brought to you through a partnership between Maine Land Trust Network, Maine Audubon, and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

The Forestry for Maine Birds (FFMB) approach integrates bird conservation into forest management and planning. In this evening workshop specifically tailored to land trusts, you will learn about:

  • Improving habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife species
  • Incorporating bird-friendly practices into preserve management
  • Addressing wildlife conservation in multiple areas
  • Enhancing the value and enjoyment of Maine forest preserves for many generations to come.

For more information contact gro.n1563795375obudu1563795375aenia1563795375m@bmf1563795375f1563795375. To register, visit Maine Audubon’s website:  maineaudubon.org/ffmb. Walk-ins welcome! 

Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide 
June 2019 special price –  $18.00 includes sales tax and shipping!
The Maine Natural Areas Program in the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is excited to announce the publication of Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide.  This 3.75 x 8″ field guide covers 46 species of terrestrial and wetland invasive plants and is waterproof, portable, and ring-bound to allow for future additions.  Each species account includes key identification characters, growth form, habitats invaded, control methods, similar native and non-native plant species, and current status of the plant in Maine.
To order, please use an  order form and send a check made out to Treasurer, State of Maine to:
MNAP
177 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
For credit card orders (Master Card or Visa), please phone 207-287-2801.
If you have questions (including wholesale pricing), please call 207-287-8044 or email vog.e1563795375niam@1563795375pan.e1563795375niam1563795375
Job Openings in the Conservation Sector
Great job opportunities continue to flow in. View the full list here and recent additions below.
 
Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator – Island Heritage Trust 
Education Coordinator (part-time) – Cape Elizabeth Land Trust
Membership Manager – Maine Island Trail Association
Seasonal Positions at Maine Audubon – including Canoe and Nature Center Assistant
Executive Director – Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust
Conservation Staff Job – Sebago Clean Waters
Director of Science – The Nature Conservancy (Maine)
Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program
Request for Letters of Intent – Due 5:00 pm, Thursday, June 27, 2019
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking initial proposals for a new round of competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program, which TNC administers on behalf of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More than $5 million will be available for award in 2019 for those seeking to restore and protect wetlands and significant wildlife habitat in Maine. Wetland restoration and enhancement projects are strongly encouraged in this round. For more information, visit http://mnrcp.org.
 
Public agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, tribes and municipalities are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent for eligible restoration and preservation projects in Maine. All Letters of Intent must be submitted online at http://mnrcp.org . Applicants whose proposed projects meet the program’s requirements will be invited to submit full proposals. TNC administers the process but does not decide which proposals receive funding. Final grant awards are expected to be made in late 2019.
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Header Photo by Sara Gray 
The Maine Land Trust Network seeks to promote voluntary land conservation by building the quality and effectiveness of land trusts and the Maine conservation community through communication, coordination 
and education. The Network is supported and coordinated by 
Maine Coast Heritage Trust  and its Land Trust Program.