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MLTN Infoline – September 10, 2019

LMF Bond to Resurface in 2020
In late August, the Legislature failed to enact an LMF Bond for the voters to consider this November. While clearly a setback, this is not the end of the story. Bipartisan support for LMF has not been this high in the legislature since 1999. In fact, many legislators who voted no on the bond in August have committed to supporting LMF in 2020. See how individual legislators voted by clicking the following links.
LMF supporters will bring a bond proposal back to the legislature in January 2020 and continue to press to see it sent to the voters, perhaps as early as June 2020.  Read more about how you can help with that effort here . Contact Jeff Romano with any questions. 
It’s more important than ever to step up our LMF game! 
Whit , Jeff , and Donna
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Right Around the Corner
September 13th through 22nd, 2019
It’s not too late to submit an event for the fall Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. There are so many great activities ANYONE can do outdoors in Maine this time of year. Please help us keep this great tradition of outdoor activities and community spirit going strong, and submit your events at Maine Trail Finder soon! The process is easy but MTF is there to help if you need a hand setting up your account. Contact Hope Rowan for assistance. 
Conveying the Significance of Nature through Story
A storytelling workshop and kayaking adventure
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 (Rain date: September 26th)
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Whaleboat Island, Harpswell
Cost: $95 per person; special rate for MLTN members: $65!
Come spend a day considering and practicing the craft of translating experiences in nature into stories we can share throughout so many aspects of our lives.  Whether you work or volunteer in environmental sustainability, conservation, or outdoor recreation or you are a nature lover wanting to delve into how you express the meaning you find in the natural world, this workshop is for you. Participants will  paddle from Harpswell to Whaleboat Island, and at the same time shape a personal story, explore storytelling techniques, and practice together how we each uniquely craft a story. 
Learn more about the day, the presenters, and how to register here. The presenters have extended a generous discount to MLTN members. Contact Donna for the discount code at  or 207-607-4577.
Erosion Control Certification Workshop
Thursday, September 26th, 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn Campus, Room 170
Cost: $75
The Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in alliance with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, will host this workshop for those interested in gaining skills and insight into the issues, laws, and regulations involved with erosion control. Participants  qualify to become Maine DEP certified in erosion and  sediment control practices after the completion of a site evaluation .  W orkshop topics will include:
  • Why is erosion control needed?
  • Laws and regulations requiring erosion control
  • Erosion and sedimentation
  • Erosion control best management practices and planning
  • Pollution prevention at construction sites
  • Erosion control plan design

Contact the Androscoggin Valley SWCD at 207-241-5377 or at  with any questions or to reserve a spot.

Fundraising Guidance from MANP
During September and October, Maine Association of Nonprofits is offering a range of webinars and workshops to support your fundraising efforts as you head into year-end. These are a great value!
 
How to Make Your Next Fundraising Event a Success (Partner Webinar)
Thursday, September 19, 2019
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $20 with your MANP discount
Thursday, September 26, 2019
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $20 with your MANP discount
Thursdays, October 3 & 10, 2019
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Cost: $80 for both with your MANP discount
Thursday, October 23, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $105 for MANP members
See a list of all upcoming MANP workshops here.
How to Attract and Retain High Quality Staff and Board
If you only attend one webinar this fall, consider making it this one! 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Marc Smiley & Cynthia Winter
Cost: $65 members | $100 non-members
The best land trusts – the ones that protect the most land, the ones that are most fun to be part of – have one consistent universal strength: They have great people. All of the best things in organizations happen because of their people. If your land trust could attract and retain the very best people, imagine what would be possible.  
 
So, how can we do that? How can we attract and retain the very best people to our land trust? Join organizational management experts Marc Smiley and Cynthia Winter as they focus on exactly that question. The session will be geared toward leaders with some experience in board development, human resources and staff structures. However, anyone interested in building the very best teams within your land trust could benefit from this workshop.
  • Learn strategies and tools to attract great volunteers, including great leaders, to give their time, talent and treasure to your trust.
  • Implement sound strategies for developing a strong, professional staff in these most competitive times.  
  • An added bonus: Leave with easy-to-implement tips for building strong board-staff partnerships.

Reserve your place now!

L.L. Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program
Proposals Due: Friday, September 27th, 2019
L.L.Bean and Maine Coast Heritage Trust are pleased to provide grant support to Maine’s land trust community through this signature program. The purpose of the L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program is to provide strategic funding to Maine land trusts for stewardship activities. A limited number of grants will be given in amounts not to exceed $4,000. Projects that enhance public access to conserved lands, strengthen a trust’s stewardship capabilities, or facilitate preserve management planning are a priority. Projects that meet one of these priority goals and also involve collaboration between land trusts and/or other organizations (e.g, other non-profits, municipal governments, schools, etc.) may be given special consideration. Visit the MLTN website to view guidelines, a summary of past grants, and to download an application. 

 

Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation Children in Nature Grants
Applications Due: October 1, 2019

Grants are awarded up to $5,000 for qualified programs aimed at providing opportunities for children to explore nature or expanding childrens’ appreciation of nature.

  • Programs may include classroom learning, but the majority of the program must take place in the natural environment.
  • Preference is given to projects connecting children to lesser recognized species or habitats.

Visit the Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation website for an application.

NAWCA Small Grants
Applications Due: October 17th, 2019
The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Learn all about the Small Grants Program, view list of the most recently approved projects, and download an application  here
 
Contact  /" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Mitch Hartley, Joint Venture Coordinator for Maine, for assistance with developing a project proposal, for information about how proposals are ranked, and/or for guidance on Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act compliance requirements.
Contact Bob Houston or Kelly Chadbourne at the USFWS Gulf of Maine Coastal Program for assistance with habitat information and maps for a grant application. 
 
Please note: It may also be possible that your project will qualify for a Large NAWCA grant. MCHT has been coordinating this effort and would be happy to assess your project for you to see if it would be a good candidate.  For more information about that Contact Betsy Ham at