MLTN Infoline – November 14, 2019

Mental and Social Benefits of Walkable Communities

I’m going to guess that just about everyone receiving this email loves to walk, but have you ever stopped to think about why walking feels so good, beyond the basic benefits of exercise? In the new webinar ” Beyond the Physical: Mental and Social Benefits of Walkable Communities,” panelists explain how walking and walkability are associated with social connectedness and a positive sense of well-being. The free webinar, sponsored by America Walks, will take place on November 20th, at 2:00 pmClick here to learn more about the webinar and register. Register now to ensure your place. 
Want to know more about America Walks? Read their vision statement, and sign on if you’re a fan.
Keep on walking!
Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Reminder: Conference Workshop Proposals Due Soon

Proposals due November 22nd
Don’t miss this opportunity to play a key role at the 2020 Maine Land Conservation Conference, which will take place in Topsham on April 25th. We need your ideas and your expertise. If you would like to chat about a potential proposal, we are happy to toss ideas around with you. Contact Donna or Whit at 729-7366. 
More information about the conference and the RFP here

Reminder: Richard G. Rockefeller Conservation Internship Program Call for Host Organizations

Applications due November 30th, 2019
The Richard G. Rockefeller Conservation Internship Program is all about engaging Maine college-aged people in the land conservation world, especially stewardship of the land, and providing land trusts with needed seasonal help. Hosting an intern can be challenging and rewarding . We encourage you to learn more and consider whether your organization might benefit from the program.  For details, a timeline, and the online host application form, visit .

Fall Regional Land Trust Meetings

We now have firm plans for the remainder of the regional land trust meetings. Our Midcoast meeting will be held Wednesday, November 20th, in Damariscotta and our Southern Maine meeting will be on Wednesday, December 4th, in Biddeford. More information here. Contact Donna with any questions and to RSVP.  

Free Risk Management Webinars from Land Trust Alliance 

To get the Terrafirma risk management discount for 2020, a board member, director or finance or stewardship staff must attend.
Friday, November 15th, 2019
3:00 – 4:00 pm
This webinar will help those new to risk management m ap out a trail to perpetuity. You will be introduced to tools to help you get the most out of your resources, with an emphasis on tailored solutions that provide what you really need. Solutions covered include:
  • A risk management plan to avoid needless expenses in the event of an emergency
  • A legal defense reserve calculation tailored to your land trust’s current risks and resources
  • Information on insurance coverage and when to seek it
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Join an expert family mediator as she gives you practical pointers on how to work with families in conflict. She’ll provide a real world example with the story of how her team guided three branches of three generations of a diverse-interest family away from an outright development sale. 

Maine Association of Nonprofits Bangor Mixer

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 pm 
Timber Kitchen + Bar, 22 Bass Park Blvd, Bangor
Cost: Free
MANP provides informal networking opportunities for their nonprofit members and Friend supporters around the state. Network with nonprofit leaders from your region and support efforts to make connections between your community’s nonprofits. RSVP here

Let’s Talk About Nonprofit-Funder Relationships

Thursday, January 23, 2020
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street, Freeport
Cost: $35 for Maine Philanthropy Center members; $50 for others
Offered through a partnership between Maine Association of Nonprofits and Maine Philanthropy Center
T ory Dietel Hopps, Managing Partner, Dietel & Partners, and Kristen Miale President, Good Shepherd Food Bank, will lead a highly-interactive workshop about how nonprofits and funders can address some of the challenging dynamics of organizational relationships and build powerful, effective partnerships. Click here to learn more.

Maine’s Climate Council Begins Work 

Governor Mills’ Climate Council held their first meeting in late September. Over the past two months, the Council has established a scientific and technical subcommittee and six working groups:
  • Transportation
  • Buildings, Housing & Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Coastal & Marine
  • Working Lands
  • Community Resilience, Public Health & Emergency Management
The Council has an aggressive timeline over the next year as they develop a 4-year Climate Action Plan by December 2020. Most of the activity will take place within the six working groups between now and June 2020. At the same time the full council will be meeting quarterly. All Climate Council and Working Group meetings are open to the public. To follow the council’s activities and to keep up to date on their meetings, please follow the Climate Council’s Website.


Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

Some exciting positions have recently been posted to the MLTN jobs page. View the full list of job postings  here and scan recent additions below.
Land Protection Assistant – Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Events Manager – The Nature Conservancy
Chief Planner – Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Outreach & Office Manager – Upper Saco Valley Land Trust
Project Coordinator – Downeast Salmon Federation
Field Coordinator – Maine Conservation Corps

Farm Credit East AgEnhancement Grant Program

Applications Due: Close of Business December 1st
Since 1996,  Farm Credit East has awarded grants through the Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program to help organizations promote awareness and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest products in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Vermont.  Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to programs, projects, and activities that:
  • assist in the development of young and beginning farmers
  • encourage leadership development with the aim of strengthening agriculture and the food and fiber industries (including programs and projects that encourage youth involvement in agricultural activities)
  • generate a greater understanding and appreciation of agriculture and the food and fiber industries in the region
  • recognize the accomplishments of leaders of the agriculture and food and fiber industries
  • advance the economic viability of agriculture and the food and fiber industries in the Northeast
  • promote agriculture/horticulture/forest products/commercial fishing industry interest.
See the Farm Credit East website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.