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MLTN Infoline – March 26, 2019

Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanently Reauthorized

On March 12th, the President signed into law a sweeping public lands package that included permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House (363-62) and the Senate (92-8) last month. This is the culmination of a years-long effort by Congressional champions on both sides of the aisle and by stakeholders across the country to preserve the unique character of this program created as a conservation offset for energy development. Read the full LWCF Coalition press release here.

Maine has done well with the program, through the Forest Legacy Program, through acquisitions at Acadia, along the Appalachian Trail, and within our National Wildlife Refuges, and through funds allocated to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. All four of the State’s Congressional members (Senators Collins and King and Representatives Pingree and Golden) voted in favor of the legislation.

A historic win for conservation!

Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Support Land for Maine’s Future

Momentum in support of new Land for Maine’s Future funding continues to grow as we approach the halfway point of this year’s legislative session. Thus far, more than 100 businesses, municipalities, and organizations have signed onto the coalition. If your group is not on the current list , and you want to join, please fill out the following form today. You can also follow the LMF Coalition on Facebook . Please share LMF Coalition posts with your friends and followers.

We anticipate a hearing to be scheduled in April on LD 911, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation. Stay tuned for more information on this bill and other ways you can support LMF in the legislature this year. Please contact Jeff Romano if you have any questions or need additional information.

Maine Conservation Lands Registry Deadline Approaching

Renewal Deadline: March 30th

State law requires all holders of conservation easements and fee owners of land held for conservation purposes that is organized or doing business in the State to annually report to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Accounts must be renewed annually by March 30th. Renewing your registration will allow you to:

  • update the Registry with newly acquired easements and fee holdings
  • confirm the monitoring status of your easement(s) records in your registry account

Access the Registry here. If you have questions about your organization or agency’s account or about the registration renewal process, call (207)287-3200.

Choosing and Migrating to a New Stewardship Database

An interactive webinar from the Land Trust Alliance

Thursday, March 28, 2019 

2:00-3:30 pm

Cost: $65 for LTA members, $100 for nonmembers

A stewardship database can be a life-saver when you need to manage a growing portfolio of land and easements. But, if the database doesn’t work for your land trust, it can be a misery. What’s a busy stewardship team to do? Join software selection expert Karen Graham as she walks you through what you need to know when selecting and then implementing a new database. The webinar will cover the three most popular databases (Landscape, Locate and ConservationTrack) with representatives from land trusts who are using each of the systems sharing their experiences. Get a leg up by learning what these land trust professionals wished they had known before they selected and installed their stewardship databases. T his webinar will help you:

  • Understand the strengths and weakness of each of the three most popular stewardship databases (Landscape, Locate and ConservationTrack)
  • Determine your land trust’s stewardship database needs
  • Identify which database(s) can meet your land trust’s needs
  • Implement strategies to make the transition to a new database easier

Learn more and register at the LTA website.

Smart and Right: Making the Business Case for Community Conservation 

An interactive webinar from the Land Trust Alliance

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 

2:00-3:30 pm

Cost: $65 for LTA members, $100 for non-members

Do you “get” community conservation and wish your board/staff/donors did too? Did you just return from a community conservation retreat excited to get started but are battling the nattering nabobs of negativism? Or, perhaps your team is interested in community conservation, but is concerned about the financial and mission impact of embarking on a whole new set of programs. If so, this webinar is for you! Join Judy Anderson of Community Consultants as she lays out the business reasons for why community conservation can be a boon to your land trust. Judy will cover:

  • Implementing proven strategies and resources that have changed hearts and minds
  • Identifying what types of programs make sense for your land trust and your community
  • Taking your land trust’s business model to the next level while also serving your community

Learn more and register at the LTA website.

Native Plant Conservation in the 21st Century

Friday, April 12, 2019

10:00am-5:00 pm

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth

Cost: $75 for Audubon members, $90 for non-members Join New England Wildflower Society and Maine Audubon for a day-long symposium to discuss the most current research, practices, and applications in native plant conservation through a keynote, panels, and workshops led by specialists in the field. Topics include:

  • roles and current projects of major conservation entities,
  • updated specimen collection and storage strategies
  • the impact of climate change on the status of rare native plants.

The full-day symposium is intended for landscape and nursery professionals, but would also likely be useful and appealing to land trust stewards and stewardship staff. View the agenda and register at Audubon’s website

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

We have many seasonal part-time and full-time postings, and permanent positions as well. Full list here and a few highlights below.

Cartographer – Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Farmland Access and Transfer Business Specialist – Maine Farmland Trust

Executive Director – Greater Lovell Land Trust

Executive Director – Friends of Merrymeeting Bay

Quimby Family Foundation

Applications for Movement Grants due before midnight on April 15th 

The Quimby Foundations envisions “thriving Maine communities empowered by reciprocal relationships with nature. We see people connecting with, eating from, and caring for Maine’s farms, woods, and waters.” They have two grant cycles per year. Each cycle begins with the opportunity to submit a concept letter. Any organization may submit a concept letter in either cycle, but they will only accept one concept letter per organization per calendar year. 

Learn more at quimbyfamilyfoundation.org.

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

Pre-proposals due by 9 pm ET on Friday, April 26th

Potential applicant webinar Thursday, March 28th

The purpose of the Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund is to help accelerate the pace and effective practice of place-based, collaborative landscape conservation across the United States. The Fund specifically seeks to build critical capacity and forward momentum in landscape conservation partnerships by supporting the key building block activities and collaborative processes that move partnerships forward. 

Through generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Catalyst Fund will distribute approximately $335,000 in funding through competitive grants to landscape conservation partnerships in 2019. 

Potential applicants should read the Indigenous Community RFP for specific information on eligibility, program priorities, and application instructions.

More information at http://landscapeconservation.org/catalyst-fund.

National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant Program

Applications no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on June 28, 2019

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories, to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. More information about the program is available at https://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants . All applications must be submitted through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. If you are interested in applying, please contact Bethany Atkins as soon as possible.