MLTN Infoline – March 27, 2020

Moving Forward

Now, with many of us working from home and potentially feeling isolated, its more important than ever for our Network to communicate, share ideas, and support each other. We encourage you to stay in touch with other land trusts through the MLTN Member Forum, our email-based discussion platform. You can post questions, share challenges, get input from other land trusts, and encourage one another with positive messages. Post something unique you are doing in response to the current situation, such as virtual preserve tours.  If you haven’t yet subscribed, request access  here  and we’ll add you to the group. 
In addition, we will be analyzing the bill going through Congress to see how it may help non-profits, so stay tuned for more on that.
Although we’re working remotely, our virtual doors are open. Keep in touch,
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

A Few More Cancellations

Hopefully everyone is aware by now that the 2020 Maine Land Conservation Conference has been cancelled. We wanted to make note of a couple of other changes.
  • The Maine Land Trust Network Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for March 31st has been cancelled. We will be sure to let you know when the next meeting is scheduled.
  • The Introductory Chainsaw Course scheduled for April 7th has been postponed. We will reschedule when the time is right. Stay tuned.
The Land Trust Program will be looking for other ways to offer land trusts opportunities for networking and learning at a safe distance. Visit our events page for the latest updates. 

Legislature Adjourns Early

As part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Maine’s 129th Legislature adjourned on March 17, a month before the date set in statute. Policymakers left Augusta with the expectation that they would return later this year to complete additional unfinished business. However, it is uncertain whether or when they will reconvene, and what they would take up if they did so. Two significant conservation-related issues remained unresolved at adjournment: future Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) funding and upgrades within the Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL).
In 2018, Maine Coast Heritage Trust joined with The Nature Conservancy and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to assemble a 20-member conservation task force. This group released a report  in March of 2019 that included 22 action items “to lay the groundwork for a new generation of land conservation in Maine.” One of the report’s more significant recommendations was a bond issue to re-capitalize LMF and address the estimated $50 million backlog of maintenance projects at Maine’s State Parks. Other action items identified staffing needs at BPL and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) to address management of public lands and outdoor recreation on private lands.
Prior to the spread of COVID-19 and the associated economic disruption, policymakers from both sides of the aisle were expressing support for an LMF/State Park bond and for the need to increase staff at BPL and IFW. Progress on both initiatives ended as the legislature adjourned. Due to the unpredictable nature of the current crisis, it’s uncertain when either of these issues will resurface in Augusta.

Tame Your Inbox

FREE webinar from MANP!
Thursday, April 23, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Your Desk
Offered thanks to a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and RoundTable Technology
Drowning in email? Wish you could spend more time on important tasks and projects and less time mired in messages? If so, this interactive webinar is for you. Explore why this problem is so pervasive and learn ways both individuals and organizations can make email more manageable. 

Takeaways Will Be:

  • How email is addictive
  • How to reduce the amount of email you get
  • How to process the email you have more quickly
  • How to help your organization be more email aware

Intended Audience
Anyone who struggles to keep up with their email and/or finds themselves distracted from important work by email.

Register on the MANP website. 

Take Your Planned Giving Program to the Next Level

Cost: $65 for Land Trust Alliance Members/$100 Non-members 
Planned giving can literally change an organization’s financial landscape, providing secure long-term funding. Given the great wealth transfer, now is the time to get savvy and serious about pursuing planned gifts. Join Heidi Habeger, Director of Major & Planned Gifts at Groundswell Conservancy (accredited), and Johanna Allex, an estate planning attorney at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, as they lay out strategies to boost your planned giving program. This webinar combines best practices, survey results and real life examples for you to take back to your land trust to augment your existing plans.  Participants will:
  • Gain more in depth knowledge about the types of planned gifts
  • Gain confidence in discussing this sensitive topic with donors and landowners (with sample scripts to download)
  • Implement strategies for identifying and marketing planned giving through a variety of activities
Learn more on the Land Trust Alliance website.
Share How Your Community is Working on Climate with the Bangor Daily News
The Bangor Daily News is tackling climate reporting in a new way in 2020. They are asking people across the state to be their eyes and ears for local solutions: They want to know what personal, business or municipal efforts to combat climate change or build climate resilience have been or are being tried where you live or work. Will you help by completing their survey?
Through this effort, BDN will create a searchable online map to organize and share initiatives — and learnings — from across the state. Not only will this be a useful tool for reporting, they hope it will become an ongoing resource for Maine communities looking for solutions to climate concerns. 
The more people who chime in, the more robust the map and subsequent reporting on climate change will be. They would love to hear from you by the end of March. Your input is greatly appreciated. 
If you are willing to complete the survey, click here. Thank you!

Forest Legacy Program Calls for Projects

Proposals submitted by June 12th eligible to compete for FY 2022 funding
The State of Maine, Bureau of Parks and Lands is currently accepting applications to the Maine Forest Legacy Program.  The Forest Legacy Program is a conservation program administered by the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with state agencies to encourage the protection of privately owned forest lands through conservation easements or land purchases. It operates on a competitive basis nationwide and aims to protect an array of traditional uses, forest economies and public values by preventing the conversion of Maine’s forest to non-forest uses.
Since 1994, Maine’s Forest Legacy Program has received more than $76 million through the program, and has permanently protected over 755,000 acres, with iconic landscapes that include Tumbledown Mountain, Nicatous Lake, and Pierce Pond, to name just a few.
For more information about Maine’s program and the grant application materials read the Letter to Landowners and Application Instructions (PDF 415KB). For more information click here.

Wildlife Conservation Society Issues RFP for Nature-Based Climate Change Adaptation Projects

Pre-applications due April 8th
The  Wildlife Conservation Society is inviting proposals from nonprofit conservation organizations for its Climate Adaptation Fund.  Through the fund, grants ranging between $50,000 and $250,000 over two years will be awarded to nonprofit conservation organizations for applied, science-driven, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions designed to help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change at a landscape scale.
Projects will be supported that manage for outcomes that sustain dynamic ecological processes, landscape functionality, and species assemblages, as opposed to single-species or historical conditions that may not be possible in an altered climate. Projects must propose actions that anticipate and respond to potential or observed climate change impacts to maximize long-term conservation success.
To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S.-based nonprofit conservation organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants may be awarded for projects within the fifty U.S. states and other U.S. territories. 

See the Wildlife Conservation Society website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and proposal submission instructions.

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Even at this uncertain time, new job postings continue to flow in. View the full list here .
AmeriCorps Environmental Stewards, Invasive Plants – Maine Natural Areas Program
Senior Project Associate – The Trust for Public Land
Water Resources Manager –  30 Mile River Watershed Association
Marketing & Development Associate –  30 Mile River Watershed Association
Program Manager – Wild Seed Project
Executive Director – Viles Arboretum
Executive Director – Maine TREE Foundation
Associate Director – Downeast Salmon Federation
Operations Manager – Northeast Wilderness Trust