Thank You to All Who Completed our DEI Survey

The thoughtful and varied responses we received through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Survey fielded a few weeks ago were extremely helpful to our work group, and we heartily thank all who participated! Maine Land Trust Network (MLTN) serves as an information hub and provides space for land trusts to come together, collaborate and connect with each other, and share wisdom, so your participation was vital to our effort. We look forward to working with these results as we consider support and services that will be helpful to Maine land trusts as they travel their DEI path. 

Read the Executive Summary of the MLTN Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey here

It feels important to note that there is a great deal of information and data available from many sources on how to authentically engage in DEI work. The information in the attached executive summary is from one survey sent to a relatively small group of organizations and taken at a particular point in time; the results should be taken in that context. There are many other rich sources of information to explore. 

Through the survey, it is clear that there are many land trusts and other environmental organizations working to explore DEI in different ways. This is heartening, and it is immensely helpful for the MLTN DEI Working Group to hear about what is already happening as we consider how to support this work.  Our deep gratitude to everyone who responded to our survey and took the time to share their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and wisdom with us. 

The MLTN DEI Working Group,

Amy Titcomb – Three Rivers Land Trust
Ciona Ulbrich – Maine Coast Heritage Trust 
Donna Bissett – Maine Coast Heritage Trust 
Doreen MacGillis – York Land Trust 
Emily Greene – Saco Watershed Collaborative & Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Hadley Couraud – Loon Echo Land Trust, Western Foothills Land Trust, Sebago Clean Waters
Jess Burton – Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative
Nina Young – Maine Farmland Trust
Stefan J. Jackson – NATURAL DIFFERENCE, LLC
Warren Whitney – Maine Coast Heritage Trust