MLTN Infoline – August 5, 2021

Maine Association of Nonprofits Announces Board Explorer

Finding desirable candidates to serve on boards is a top challenge for Maine nonprofits, including land trusts, so MANP has launched Board Explorer, a new, simple way for their member organizations to identify board prospects. The service will help pair organizations with passionate, thoughtful, committed community members who are interested in serving on a board but may not be familiar with your work. This is a new service, and your participation will help get the ball rolling. MANP is even happy to help you fill out the form right over the phone to get you started. Click here for more information.
 
MANP also offers a Strategic Board Recruitment toolkit, and this fall they are running a 3-part series on Building Better Boards to support executive directors looking to ensure their ED/board relationship is operating at its peak.
 
If any of these opportunities sound interesting to you, reach out to MANP ( or 207-871-1885). Most MLTN member organizations are MANP members, but contact us if you need to check on your MLTN membership status.
 
Always learning, always growing,
WhitJeff, and Donna

Informational Webinar and Call for Volunteers: Assessing Seaweed via Community Observations

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
4:00pm
Schoodic Institute’s newly initiated citizen science project, Project ASCO (Assessing Seaweed via Community Observations) invites and trains volunteers to collect biomass data on rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum). They are looking for enthusiastic and hearty people to join the project, enter the intertidal, and help us understand how much rockweed there is in Maine!
 
The project kicks off with a webinar on August 19th, which will be followed by coastwide in-person training sessions in the weeks following. Please consider sending a staff member to an in-person training to bring the project information and gear back as a resource for your organization. Schoodic is also looking for locations where they can hold an in-person training along the coast–perhaps your organization has a rockweed-covered coastal property that would be just right? 
 
If Project ASCO sounds like a good fit for you and your organization, register for the webinar here. If you have questions about the project, please contact Hannah Webber. You can also visit Schoodic’s website to learn more.

Chainsaw Training Presented by Maine Woodland Owners

Friday, August 13, 2021
Surry, Maine
Learn everything from saw maintenance through firewood cutting and tree felling in this hands on program. Highly experienced instructors will guide participants. You can use your own saw or one of theirs. Safety gear is required; some loaners available. For more information visit the Maine Woodland Owners event page.

Managing Risk and Safety: What’s New and What’s Next?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
2:00-2:30pm
Free for MANP members*
Brought to you thanks to a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Risk Management Center
This webinar explores the changing risk landscape for nonprofit organizations and the risks that arise from our uncertain, evolving circumstances. Learn how to apply lessons from recent experience to your work to infuse a spirit and commitment to safety, resilience, and well-being. The NRMC team will highlight some of their interactive tools and resources that can help your risk team capture, understand, and evaluate past incidents, near-misses, and disruptions and apply that knowledge to fortify your organization for the risks around the corner. Register here.
 
*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna to check on your MLTN membership status.

Updated Accreditation Handbooks

For both first-time accreditation and renewal
Applicant Handbooks are roadmaps for the accreditation process and outline each step, including what happens at the Commission after you hit submit. These digital documents, recently updated, are meant to be used in conjunction with the Commission’s website and other resource guides listed in the handbook. If accreditation is something your land trust has been considering, or if you’ll be renewing your accreditation status within the next couple of years, we suggest you start early and give yourself plenty of time to plan and organize your effort. And don’t hesitate to reach out to the Commission if you have questions or concerns.

10 Outdoor Books by BIPOC Writers to Expand Your Perspective

As published in Field Mag
“The importance of increasing representation in the outdoors cannot be overstated,” writes Gabi Stadulis in her introduction to this list of books by Black, Indigeous, People of Color (BIPOC) writers in her article in Field Mag. While many of these titles will be familiar, the collection as a whole speaks to the wide range of experiences and perspectives this group of authors can provide. Another nice feature of the article is that, wherever possible, the shop now buttons link to black owned bookstores. I hope you discover something new. My Amazon wishlist certainly grew longer!

Jobs in the Conservation Sector

While August can be a slower time, we still have some new postings to share. Click here for full list.
Membership Coordinator – Friends of Baxter State Park
Natural Resources Field Specialist – UNH Extension, Coos County, NH
Director of Education – Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education (Maine TREE)

Maine Community Foundation Maine Land Protection Fund

Applications Due: 11:59pm September 15th, 2021
The Maine Land Protection grant program provides grants for land acquisition or land conservation easement projects that build strong connections between people in Maine and our land and water. All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s grant eligibility requirements. The proposed project must:
  • Create or increase permanent access to land and water, particularly to traditionally underserved populations (such as those with low incomes, disabilities, mental health conditions, limited English proficiency; people of color or racial minority groups; immigrants and/or refugees; and those who identify as LGBTQ+) and communities with limited conservation opportunities
  • Involve and have support from community members and interested stakeholders, (for example, other non-profit organizations, local businesses, and municipal officials or committees, etc.)
  • Include a vision or plan for the future use of the land or easement, including strategies to engage people and communities in developing uses and organizational plans to care for the land over time.
 
More information at MCF’s website.