MLTN Infoline – June 3, 2020

2020 MNRCP Call for Proposals

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking initial proposals for a new round of competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program (MNRCP), which TNC administers on behalf of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More than $5.6 million will be available for award in 2020 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. 
 
 
In Southern Maine, Central Interior & Midcoast, and Downeast Maine regions, projects with a coastal wetland component are strongly encouraged during this funding round. MNRCP is in need of projects that restore, enhance, or preserve coastal wetland resources (e.g., salt marsh, mud flats, eelgrass, sub-tidal habitats, etc.) in order to compensate for recent impacts to these resources.
 
Even in tough times there are opportunities,
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Avoiding the “Curse of Knowledge”

During our recent webinar series exploring Climate Communications Strategies, one of our three presenters, Catherine Schmitt, Science Communication Specialist from Schoodic Institute, spoke about the “curse of knowledge”. If you’ve never heard that phrase before, it basically means that if we’re not careful, the training and education we’ve received can work against us when we talk to the general public about matters of science and the environment. Jargon and insider language can alienate an audience, but there are ways to communicate your points without shutting people out. Catherine has adapted her talk into a blog post and we are very excited to share it with you here
We’ll be sharing more Climate Resilience resources from the webinars in the weeks and months to come, so stay tuned!

Connect the Coast Report & Workshop

As many of you know,  native species such as turtles and amphibians need access to multiple habitat types to survive and thrive. However, a rapidly developing landscape, expanding road network and a changing climate fragment the land, threatening the movement of wildlife throughout the seacoast region. A new effort  in New Hampshire  aims  t o find and restore the connections they need most.  Check out the Connect the Coast Report . This planning tool mostly applies to NH, but portions of southern Maine also are included and could serve as a model for similar efforts to connect Focus Areas in our state.
 
Interested in a deeper dive? A free virtual workshop is being held on June 8th from 5 – 6 pm. Learn more and register at www.bit.ly/nhcorridors.

Effective Financial Oversight

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Kay Sohl
Cost: $65 Land Trust Alliance members | $100 non-members
Learn how boards and executive directors can up their effectiveness and reduce their frustration in providing financial oversight for their land trusts. Check to be sure your land trust has established effective financial systems and is producing the information that is essential for sound oversight. Join financial management expert Kay Sohl as she lays out how to spot red-flags and identify opportunities for growth and increased sustainability. Kay presents a step-by-step discussion of the tools needed for effective oversight.
Participants will come away with the skills to:
  • Understand board and executive director oversight roles
  • Identify must-have financial information
  • Ensure compliance with donor restrictions
  • Get the most out of your independent audit
  • Leave with a list of questions to ask and strategies to evaluate the answers you receive
Learn more and register on the Land Trust Alliance website. 
PS – Kay Sohl has done workshops in Maine and she’s GREAT! We highly recommend her as an instructor.

Rethink Outside: A Shared Narrative in COVID-19 and Beyond

Thursday, June 11th, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost: FREE
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to the value of time spent outdoors, elevating the connections between nature and health and further exposing inequities in access to healthy, safe outdoor environments. As we respond to the impacts of this crisis and begin to look toward recovery, how can we ensure that equitable access to nature and meaningful outdoor experiences is prioritized as a necessity, not a nicety?

This webinar, hosted by Blue Sky Funders Forum, will feature opportunities for organizations to message the importance of their work during COVID-19 and beyond through the Rethink Outside shared narrative. Participants will review a new messaging brief connecting the tested values of Rethink Outside with the current public conversation on health, economic impacts, and rebuilding communities, with guidance on communicating effectively in a crisis. 

 
Learn more and register here. 

Shore and Harbor Planning Grants

Shore and Harbor Planning Grants promote: sound waterfront planning and harbor management, balanced development of shore and harbor areas, planning for waterfront infrastructure improvements, planning for climate resiliency and access to the shore. Funds may be used for development of plans for waterfront facilities and amenities, harbor and mooring plans, waterfront vulnerability assessments and resiliency plans, development of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to waterfront conservation and improvement, development of planning studies for public and working access, development of plans and designs for harbor improvements, and development of management plans for municipal waterfront facilities.
Shore and harbor grants are available to municipalities in the State’s designated coastal zone, which includes all towns with tidal waters, to the head of tide on tidal rivers. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, based on the results of a project scoring and selection process. Grants are intended to be issued to municipalities, but other entities and organizations may participate through a partnership with a lead municipality.
 

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Kathleen Leyden, Maine Coastal Program at  to discuss project ideas and consistency with the purposes of the Shore and Harbor Grant Program.

 

For more information, visit the State’s website here

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Some great opportunities are available for those looking for a new position. View the full list  here .
District Forester (Forester I) – Maine Forest Service/Policy and Management
Director of Land Conservation – Midcoast Conservancy