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MLTN Infoline – November 10, 2020

Maine Land Trust COVID-19 Response Grants

It is with excitement and deep gratitude that we announce a brand new grant opportunity for Maine land trusts, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor! This new grant is a one-time infusion of capital to help Maine land trusts combat the effects brought on by COVID19. Between 15 and 20 grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis. Funds can be for future expenses or, providing you can submit proper documentation, can cover unanticipated 2020 expenses you incurred as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. Please read the documents posted on the website for details and contact Warren Whitney if you have questions not answered therein. Applications are due on November 20th.
 
With deep gratitude for the generosity of friends,
WhitJeff, and Donna

Public Listing Opportunity for Trusts Doing Outdoor Ed

Teach ME Outside works to build a new outdoor learning and environmental education directory, helping to build partnerships between schools and organizations and building outdoor learning into core curricula throughout Maine. Members of the Teach ME Outside Initiative have started work on an online directory of Maine Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning providers and organizations that will exist as a dynamic and searchable tool. If your organization does any programming with youth outdoors, this directory is for you. This directory is a totally free opportunity and helps to build awareness of who you are and the great work you are doing in the state! You will have complete control of the information that is in the listing and can contact Teach ME Outside to update it at any time.
 

Release of Maine Rail-Trail Plan 2020-2030

The Maine Trails Coalition (MTC) has released for public discussion its preliminary vision for a statewide network of multi-use rail trails. While a work in progress, Maine Rail-Trail Plan 2020-2030 calls for the construction of thirteen specific rail-trail projects over the next decade, and at least five prospective projects for development over the following decade. Each of these projects connects with and extends existing multi-use trails and creates regional connections between communities across the state.
 
Also included in the Maine Rail-Trail Plan are the results of a public poll, commissioned last year by the MTC, indicating that 86 percent of Mainers favor creating recreational trails on unused rail corridors, if the trails could be converted back to railroad use if needed. This high level of support was consistent across north (88%), south (85%), central (84%), and coastal (86%) regions; and among Democrats (87%), Republicans (83%), and Independents (88%). 
 
This initial release of Maine Rail-Trail Plan 2020-2030 is a first step in envisioning the possibilities for a statewide network of multi-use trails that can connect residents to community assets, open space, employment, transit, and other destinations including schools and health care facilities. This vision also seeks to capitalize on Maine’s brand as an outdoor recreation destination by creating opportunities for adventure tourism that attracts visitors to rural and urban Main Streets and businesses. The Plan is a living document that the MTC plans to refine over time in consultation with local communities, regional authorities, state agencies, and the many interest groups concerned with rails and trails throughout Maine.

Land for Maine’s Future Climate, Carbon and Resilience Workshop

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17 and 18, 2020
1:00 – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE
The Land for Maine’s Future Board is hosting a Climate, Carbon and Resilience workshop on November 17 and 18. The Board will hear from members of Maine’s Climate Council, the scientific community and land trusts that are already incorporating climate and resiliency considerations into their practices. The LMF Board invites members of the public to join the meeting and to participate in a discussion about the strategies the Land for Maine’s Future Program could adopt to ensure they are a strong partner in accomplishing the State’s goal of promoting and enhancing the resiliency of Maine’s natural resources. 
 
Click here to view the agenda. Instructions to join the meetings on each day can be found here.

Beginner Grantwriting

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00pm
Cost: $129 for MANP Members*
Brought to you thanks to a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
This workshop will introduce grantwriting to nonprofit professionals who have less than one year of experience with the skill. 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 applicable content and resources to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the basics of grantseeking. This session will dig into the basic elements of foundation research and grant planning.
 
*Most MLTN members are MANP members. Contact Donna if you would like to check on your MLTN membership status.
 
Learn more and register at MANP’s website.

Board Roles & Responsibilities

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
11:30am – 1:00pm
Suggested Price: $55, pay-what-you-can options available
Brought to you by Maine Association of Nonprofits
This webinar is for individuals already serving on nonprofit boards who are seeking an overview of their roles and responsibilities. It will provide an overview of a board’s primary legal duties, important responsibilities and essential roles in governing the organization and stewarding its mission. Board members who have at least 6 months of board service will gain the most from participation. It is strongly suggested that multiple board members from the same organization and the executive director participate as a team for maximum benefit. 
 
Visit MANP’s website for details and to register.

Jobs in the Conservation Sector

Check out our listings for open conservation positions in and around Maine. Here are the latest additions.
 
Stewardship Director – Royal River Conservation Trust
Executive Director – Midcoast Conservancy
Conservation Technician – Downeast Salmon Federation
Outdoor Adventure Program Director – Maine High Adventure Program
Development Associate – Island Heritage Trust
 
Full list here.
 
The Maine Land Trust Network seeks to promote voluntary land conservation by building the quality and effectiveness of land trusts and the Maine conservation community through communication, coordination and education. The Network is supported and coordinated by 
Maine Coast Heritage Trust and its Land Trust Program.