Have you registered for the Conference?
Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th
It’s time to register for the 2019 Maine Land Conservation Conference. This year’s conference returns to Topsham and features a keynote address byMajora Carter, 22 eclectic workshops, and round table discussions at the end of the day. You are also invited to take part in our exhibit hall with a table at the Land Fair. Friday events include two outdoor field courses, an in-depth seminar on how to communicate about land trusts and conservation, a workshop on how we can help manage Maine’s ash trees with the threat of Emerald Ash Borer in mind, and of course, our popular welcoming reception on Friday night.
Registration is $75, or $85 at the door (IF we still have space). Scholarships are offered to students with a Maine connection who’s studies include an environmental, sustainability or nonprofit management focus. ContactDonna for more information. Some events and workshops will fill quickly, so register early to reserve your space in conference events.
We’ll see you there!
Task Force Releases Final Report
The Land Conservation Task Force has released its 28-page report “Shaping the Next Generation of Land Conservation in Maine.” Maine Coast Heritage Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine assembled this diverse 20-member committee in May of 2018. Over a nine-month period, the group held seven public meetings, four public listening sessions, heard testimony from over 30 experts in their fields, and received comments from more than 200 Maine citizens. The final product includes six broad recommendations and 22 action items. Here are the Full Report and the Executive Summary .
Many of the recommendation in the report focus on private actions, while others seek legislative and policy changes. One of the more significant policy proposals is a call for renewed funding and support of the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program, LD 911.
Over the next week, we will be delivering task force reports to all 186 state legislators. MCHT will also be mailing out copies of both the full report and executive summaries to MLTN members to share in your community as you see fit. Please do not hesitate to contact MCHT’s Jeff Romano if you have any questions or need more information.
2019 Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Strand Theatre, Rockland
Anyone interested in invasive plant or insect species won’t want to miss this once-a-year event. With a jam-packed agenda that includes presentations on Emerald Ash Borer, aquatic plants, agricultural pests and more, there’s something for everyone.
Stream Smart Phase 1 Workshop from Maine Audubon
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 – Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden
Thursday, April 4th, 2019 – Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $35 includes refreshments
Applying the Stream Smart principles to your road crossings can help connect and maintain fish and wildlife habitat while protecting roads and public safety. Stream Smart crossings can also help towns prepare for the large and frequent storm events that have been washing out roads around the state and the northeast.
This workshop is designed for professionals responsible for road-stream crossings.
- We will cover road-stream crossing projects from site assessment to permitting and installation.
- Emphasis is on maintaining and restoring aquatic habitat and economic values of the stream.
- Workshop presenters include professionals from state and federal agencies and statewide non-profits.
- Participants can receive recertification credit for Maine DEP’s Voluntary Contractor Certification Program.
Register for March 26th session in Holden here.
Register for April 4th session in Falmouth here.
Maine Conservation Corps
Application deadline for final 2019 projects is Friday, March 22nd
Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is an AmeriCorps program with a mission to accomplish conservation projects that inspire people and enhance communities. What does that mean for your organization? Field Teams and Environmental Stewards can accomplish a wide range of projects at a reasonable cost, and you can support and mentor the next generation of conservation professionals.
MCC has a limited number of partnership opportunities for 2019. From building trails, structures, habitat, and volunteer bases to testing water, educating the public, and everything in between, they find the right people to get things done. Potential projects 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
- Water quality monitoring
- Interpretive Programs
- Protecting endangered species
- Mapping and GIS
- Habitat restoration and more
Grant Writing Certificate Program at UMaine
April 22-26 and June 10-14, 2019
UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast
Cost: $750, need-based scholarships available Succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment. Attend this intensive, active and results-driven program with instructor Jack Smith, founder of The Smith Group. Jack has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sector and has trained over 35,000 students in more than 40 states.
Register online at https://hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/professional-development. For more information contact Diana McSorley by email () or 338-8093
Institute for Civic Leadership and Leadership Maine Classes
Applications due April 12, 2019
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) and Leadership Maine classes. Now in their 27th year of bringing diverse groups of proven professionals together for powerful, experiential development, both programs have widespread impact on individual growth and the enrichment of entire communities.
Want to learn more and meet people who have taken part in these programs? Consider attending one of their regional briefings happening all over Maine. If you can’t attend a briefing in person, there are opportunities to attend by video conference. Please email Julie Beane for more information. There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Register here.
Job Openings in the Conservation Sector
Know someone who is looking for summer employment? Send them to our website. We have many seasonal part-time and full-time positions available, and permanent positions as well. Full list here and a few highlights below.
President and CEO – Maine Farmland Trust
Membership & Outreach Associate – Western Foothills Land Trust
Development Coordinator – Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
Multiple positions in Scarborough and Falmouth – Maine Audubon
Education & Events Coordinator – Downeast Lakes Land Trust
Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator – Island Heritage Trust
Donor Engagement Officer – Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Multiple seasonal positions – Friends of Cobbossee Watershed
Environmental Education Assistant – DRA/PWA
New England Forests and Rivers Fund
Full Proposals Due: Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Webinar for applicants will be held on Wednesday, March 27th from 1-2 PM. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1149794890204848385.
The New England Forests and Rivers Fund is dedicated to restoring and sustaining healthy forests and rivers that provide habitat for diverse native bird and freshwater fish populations in New England. The program annually awards competitive grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 each. Grantees, in turn, are leveraging an additional $9.1 million in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of more than $14.4 million.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals for the New England Forests and Rivers Fund (NEFRF) to restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers that provide habitat for diverse bird populations, as well as freshwater and diadromous fish populations. The program will advance this goal by investing in projects that:
- Strengthen the health of forest systems by improving the management of public and private forestlands to create a mosaic of mixed-age forests in the region;
- Provide incentives to strengthen habitat conservation on working forests through flexible technical assistance that is appropriate for the forest stage(s) being targeted;
- Improve the quality of river and stream systems through targeted riparian and stream restoration;
- Reduce barriers to fish passage and increase fish access to high quality habitat, thereby increasing overall aquatic connectivity; and
- Enhance biodiversity of forest and river systems and increase populations of species representative of system health, such as New England cottontail, American woodcock, golden-winged warbler, wood thrush, Bicknell’s thrush, river herring and eastern brook trout.
More information at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.