MLTN Infoline – October 17, 2019

Call for Conference Workshop Proposals

We rely on you – our partners throughout the land trust and nonprofit communities and beyond – to give of your time and expertise to share what you know with others at the annual Conference. It’s with excitement that we announce our annual Call for Proposals for 2020 Maine Land Trust Conservation Conference workshops.

The Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 24th & 25th, at the Mt. Ararat Middle School and Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham, Maine.  We have a variety of open workshop slots for Friday and Saturday sessions.  In 2020, the Conference will have a strong focus on issues related to climate change and resilience. Proposals with a connection to those topic areas are particularly appreciated.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 22nd. Please visit the MLTN website for details and the link to our online submission form. 

We need YOU! Please consider submitting a proposal and joining us as a presenter in 2020.  Whit , Jeff , and Donna

Richard G. Rockefeller Conservation Internship Program Call for Host Organizations

The Maine Land Conservation Internship Program has been renamed and is now the Richard G. Rockefeller Conservation Internship Program. The Program was created to engage Maine college-aged people in the land conservation world and develop their skills and knowledge of land conservation in Maine (especially stewardship of the land), and to provide land trusts with needed seasonal help. This will be the fifth year MCHT has offered the program.  MCHT now seeks applicant organizations interested in hosting an intern in summer 2020.  For details, a timeline, and the online host application form, visit . Applications are due November 30th, 2019.
Help nurture the next generation of conservation leaders! Host an intern in 2020!

Fall Regional Land Trust Meetings

Plans for our regional meetings continue to firm up. We now have meetings lined up in the Penobscot Bay Region (October 24th in Belfast) and the Western Mountains and Inland Maine Region (November 6th in South Paris). Meetings for the Midcoast and Southern Maine Regions are in the works. Contact Donna with any questions and to RSVP.  

2019 GrowSmart Summit: Smart Growth Builds Wellness

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
8:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Pepperell Mill, 40 Main Street, Biddeford
Cost: $40 GrowSmart Maine Members / $90 General Public
Renewed understanding and research on the importance of physical, mental and social well-being are emphasizing the connection between personal, community and planet health and land use planning. Hear from and engage with national and local leaders on bridging these connections for Maine people and communities. By collaborating we can start to address how environments are structured at a personal, community and world wide scale to make the places we live healthy, prosperous, inclusive and resilient.  More information available at the GrowSmart website . 

Conservation Commissions & Plan Review

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
5:30 – 8 pm (light dinner included)
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth
Cost: FREE
This workshop will help you learn how to review development plans with a focus on conservation commission priorities. Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission staff will provide examples of how local communities involve conservation commissions in the review process. Participants will engage in a hands-on exercise reviewing development plans. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact  Victoria Boundy or call (207)780-5843.  

Maine Trails Coalition Gathering

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Elm, 21 College Ave, Waterville
Cost: Free and box lunch included
Don’t miss this opportunity to help develop strategies and an action plan to move the Maine Trails Coalition’s mission forward. As a key stakeholder, your input is invaluable at this important meeting. Participants will explore how to build momentum and support for trails statewide, while connecting the hearts and minds of Mainers to encourage healthy activities outdoors. 
For more information and to view the agenda, visit Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s website. Your prompt registration is appreciated!

Maine Master Naturalist Program Accepting Applications 

Application deadline: October 31, 2019
The Maine Master Naturalist Program (MMNP) is currently accepting applications for its upcoming naturalist training course in Waterville.  The course will run from January through October 2020. Applications are available at . The course tuition of $650 covers instruction, field guides, naturalist equipment, and other materials. Upon completion of the course, graduates are certified as Maine Master Naturalists. 
Accepted students participate in rigorous classes and field experiences focused on Maine’s flora and fauna, and ecological principles for one evening class and one Saturday per month. Students are also required to complete a capstone project and shadow nature educators. They receive instruction and practice in teaching, and, with this background, are expected to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for Maine’s natural world by volunteering with schools, land trusts, nature centers, parks, or conservation organizations.
A MMNP course is being planned for Wells in 2021. 

Regional Conservation Partnership Network Gathering 

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm 
Campus Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Cost: FREE, breakfast and lunch included
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 6th
2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Regional Conservation Partnership Network Gathering, and it only seems fitting that we work together to more squarely address climate change by using our RCPs as cultivators of natural climate solutions for all.  The RCP Network Gathering will feature 24 workshops presented by over 70 faculty in eight thematic tracks covering topics such as climate resilience, regional land use issues, conservation finance, collaborative land protection, and engaging new partners and sectors.  View Agenda here  and  Workshop Descriptions here .  

New this year, there will be several opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to learn more about real-world conservation in the Northeast, build their professional networks, and contribute their ideas to the meeting, including a poster session and student mentorship program. 

Visit the website for all the details.

Accidental Techie: How to Support Your Nonprofit Without an IT Background

Three sessions on Thursdays starting Nov 7 and ending Nov 21, 2019
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Your desk! Interactive webinar 
Cost: $188 for MANP Members (Use discount code 19-ME)
Offered through a partnership with Idealware
Nearly every small nonprofit has a staffer who stumbled into being the go-to techie around the office. They often have little training-just a good head for technology and the patience to deal with the many issues that come up in a busy office. Are you one of these “accidental techies”? This course is designed to give you a boost-in knowledge, resources, and confidence-to help you embrace your role and thrive as an intentional techie. This course includes weekly homework assignments. 
Learn what’s covered in each of three sessions, learn about the presenter, and get the MANP member discount code here

Getting Started with Corporate Partnerships

An interactive webinar from the Land Trust Alliance
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cost: $65 for LTA members; $100 for non-members
Partnering with corporations can be a great way to raise funds and your land trust’s visibility. But where to start? Join corporate fundraising specialist Lewis Flax and Tom Kay of the Alachua  Conversation Trust as they review steps to  create a win-win-win – for your organization, the companies involved and your local community.  Combining best practices with real life examples of land trust corporate partnerships, this webinar is a must for anyone who wants to start or re-tool their corporate partnership program. 
More information and register at LTA’s website.

Job Openings in the Conservation Sector

We’ve had a flurry of activity with the change of seasons. View the full list of job postings  here.
1700-Hour Environmental Steward Positions – Maine Conservation Corps
Administrative Assistant – Bangor Land Trust
Maine Conservation Policy Director – Appalachian Mountain Club
LakeSmart Program Manager – Maine Lakes Society