MLTN Infoline – March 23, 2021

Conference Time of Year

Next week is Week 2 of the Maine Land Conservation Conference. We will learn about engaging with the Wabanaki by featuring Full Moon Rising: An Introduction to First Light, and then conclude the week with a virtual coffee hour with breakout discussions. You can still register, and recordings are available for Week 1 sessions if you missed them. But we’re not the only game in town. Two other related conferences offer wonderful speakers and chances for networking and connection.
The Maine Sustainability & Water Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, March 31st and April 1st will feature a keynote address by Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador, titled Connection, Not Ownership: The Sacred Relationship Between the Penobscot Nation and Ancestral Territory, as well as concurrent sessions on local solutions, Maine lakes, fish passage and more. Tickets are $25 or $15 for students. Registration info here.
The Maine Environmental Education Association’s Annual Conference: EEvolve takes place April 7-8. The MEEA conference is the largest event of the year where folks who support environmental and/or outdoor education with Mainers of all ages share best practices, explore new ideas, and build relationships for new collaborations. 30 Workshops, Plenary Panels, Virtual Exhibits and more! All workshops will be recorded and posted online so attendees can watch at their leisure! All are welcome. Register here. Cost is a sliding scale.
Happy Spring!
WhitJeff, and Donna

Call for Conserved Land Layer Updates

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife requests updates to their conserved land data layer. These updates allow the Department to learn about all the amazing projects you are doing around the state, and ensure that conserved lands data stays in line with the times. Click here for a PDF that explains the attributes they are looking for within the shapefiles of conserved lands. Not all fields are required. The important attributes to fill-out are “Project Name”, “Parcel Name”, and “Hold 1 Name”.  
Contact Michele Warner, Cartographer, by email () or phone (207-557-2938) if you have any questions. Please submit your conserved lands data to Michele no later than May 31, 2021.

Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour Applications Open

Applications Due: April 15, 2021, notifications by end of April
Moosehead Lake Tour will run July 13 – 16
Katahdin Tour will run July 17 – 30
Cost: $150
The Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) nationally acclaimed Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours will return in 2021 for in-person programming. After transitioning to a virtual format in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two tours in the Moosehead Lake and Katahdin regions are being finalized and applications are now open.
Due to expected restrictions from Maine CDC and our host venues, Maine TREE is limiting attendees at both of these events and, unlike in previous years, is using an application process to select participants. Preference will be given to those familiar with, or currently using, environmental or place-based education tools or have access to forested areas at their schools. All applicants commit to following all safety and health requirements established by Maine TREE at the start of each tour.

TikTok, YouTube, Instagram Oh My! Making the Most of Videos to Tell Your Stories

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Cost: $70 for LTA members; $100 non-members
Brought to you by The Land Trust Alliance
TikTok is not just for teenagers anymore! It (and other video platforms) can be a great way for your land trust to engage with different segments of your community. We all know that in the past year, Americans have spent more time online than ever before. They’ve also been getting outside onto protected lands in record numbers. These changes have huge implications for the way that land trusts communicate their work. Join communications expert Brandon Hayes in a highly interactive session that will explore what land trusts need to know about using TikTok, Instragram and other video tools to increase connection and engagement.
Here’s a look at what Brandon will cover:
  • Recent video-oriented trends in social media
  • Overview of the different video platforms and their strengths and weaknesses in conveying conservation messages
  • Examples of how other land trusts and nonprofits are using video
  • How to plan your new videos or adapt your old videos to take advantage of these new trends
  • Tips for using video to reach new constituencies
Visit LTA’s website to register.

Jobs in the Conservation Sector

Does the change in season have you thinking about new opportunities? Here are the latest conservation positions on our jobs board. Click here for full list.
Policy Analyst/Staff Scientist– Association of State Wetland Managers
Baxter Park Supervisor – Baxter Park Supervisor
Seasonal Land Steward – Frenchman Bay Conservancy
Operations Director – Maine Conservation Voters/Maine Conservation Alliance
Summer Program Steward – Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
Development & Administrative Manager – Kennebunk Land Trust
Program and Outreach Coordinator – Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education Foundation

Farm Credit East AgEnhancement Grants

Proposals Due: April 1, 2021
Since 1996, Farm Credit East has awarded grants through its Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program to help organizations promote awareness of and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing, and forestry in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Vermont.
Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to programs, projects, and activities that assist in the development of young and beginning farmers; encourage leadership development with the aim of strengthening agriculture and the food and fiber industries (including programs and projects that encourage youth involvement in agricultural activities); generate a greater understanding and appreciation of agriculture and the food and fiber industries in the region; recognize the accomplishments of leaders of the agriculture and food and fiber industries; advance the economic viability of agriculture and the food and fiber industries in the Northeast; and/or promote interest in agriculture/horticulture/forest products/commercial fishing.
See the Farm Credit East website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.