Annual MLTN Land Stewards Gathering
Each year, the Maine Land Trust Network hosts a gathering for all the dedicated folks who care for Maine’s conserved lands. It’s a chance to compare notes, brainstorm common issues, and learn from one another.
We’re going with a hybrid format this year. On April 28th from 9-11am we’ll meet on Zoom for a discussion of topics YOU suggest. Then, we will coordinate some regional walks in the afternoon so that you can have a little in-person conversation as well. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a walk for land stewards in your region. These meetings are for all land conservation stewards in Maine, not just land trusts. There’s so much we can learn from each other!
In the meantime, we’ll see you on the Conference webinars!
Maine Office of Tourism Visioning Summits
In person and virtual meetings throughout April and May
The Maine Office of Tourism (MOT) has begun work on a state-wide destination management plan. Their goal is to work together with Maine tourism industry stakeholders and residents to establish benchmarks that support destination stewardship and balance the industry’s growth with residential quality of life and the qualities that have always drawn people to Maine.
Beginning April 4th and continuing through May 24th, the MOT is holding nine visioning summits throughout the state. The sessions are not region specific and participants may attend any or all of them.
Click here for more information about the planning process, the list of summit dates and times, and links to register to participate.
PFAS: What do they mean for Maine land trusts?
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
Presented by Maine Land Trust Network and Maine Farmland Trust
PFAs are a group of chemicals that are very persistent in the environment and in the human body. PFAS enter agricultural soils through a variety of means, including biosolids from municipal sewage and contaminated irrigation water.
Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) has been working with easement landowners and farmers of leased land that have found high levels of PFAs on their farms, and is partnered with MOFGA on a PFAS Emergency Relief Fund for impacted farms. Maine Coast Heritage Trust staff have been looking into how PFAs impact not only food production, but also the programs that take place at Aldermere Farm and the hayfields they manage. MFT is also doing state and federal level advocacy work around this issue, and working on updating their easement due diligence process to include PFAS testing when there is a potential risk.
Join us for a Zoom discussion on PFAs and their potential impact on Maine land trusts. Learn more and register on MLTN’s website.
Grantseeking and Grantwriting Webinars
The Maine Association of Nonprofits is offering two great webinars for beginner grantseekers and intermediate grantwriters. These events are made possible by a partnership between MANP and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. The cost for each is $89 for MANP members, $129 for non-members.*
Wednesday, April 6th, 10am-1pm – Beginner Grantseeking
In this three-hour live online training, we’ll discuss the best ways to begin grantseeking, explore four good places to start looking, work through a proven process for finding funder information, discover how to “dig deeper” into a foundation’s interests, and determine the best way for you to start capturing what you are learning about your organization and its potential funders. Learn more.
Tuesday, May 10th, 10am-1pm – Intermediate Grantwriting
Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This session will provide a balance of tools, practice of skills and significant writing opportunities to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting. Learn more.
*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna to check on your MLTN membership status.
Cultural Differences: Leading Through Anti-Bias Practices
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
Cost: $45 MANP members* / $65 Nonmembers
This event is made possible thanks to a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Leadership that embeds anti-bias practices creates a workplace culture that authentically welcomes, supports, and values people for all of who they are. This workshop will introduce participants to anti-bias leadership practices. These practices affirm healthy complex identities of staff and constituents, model respect and appreciation of differences, and appropriately respond to bias-based mistreatment.
Climate Adaption for Land Trust
Online Short Course
Wednesdays, May 4, 11 and 25, 2022
Cost: $20 per person for LTA members; $30 pp for non-members
Please note: Climate vulnerability and management information will be targeted to ecosystems in the Western U.S.
This online short course is designed for land trusts actively working on stewardship projects in rural, suburban and urban forests, forested watersheds and wetland systems. Land trusts can participate as individuals or in groups.
This course will be held over four weeks requiring three 90-minute virtual live classes, a self guided field session and assignments. Instructors will provide guidance, periodic check-ins and coaching. For the self-guided field session, participants are asked to visit a property or natural area of their choosing and think about real-world applications of the course material.
For more information including course goals and registration link, visit LTA’s website.
Jobs in the Conservation Sector
Itching to find outside work this summer? There are lots of available seasonal positions and several full-time (and indoor) openings, too. New postings below and full list on our website.
900 HR Environmental Stewards (12 positions around the state) – Maine Conservation Corps
Associate Director of Information Technology – Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader – Midcoast Conservancy
Development Writer & Coordinator – Midcoast Conservancy
Coordinator – Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation
Finance Manager – Maine Farmland Trust
Seasonal Trail Crew – Portland Trails
National Coastal Resilience Fund
Pre-Proposal Webinar: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 3:00-4:30pm
Pre-Proposal Due Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022 by 11:59pm
Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will have a June 30, 2022, deadline
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the 2022 National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) Request for Proposals (RFP). NFWF will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife. NFWF will award approximately $140 million in grants to create and restore natural systems in order to increase protection for communities from current and future threats from coastal hazards and improve habitats for fish and wildlife species.
All projects under this program must demonstrate a dual benefit to both coastal communities and habitats. The NCRF supports projects that will result in the creation and/or restoration of natural systems in order to increase the resilience of communities from coastal hazards and improve habitats for fish and wildlife species.