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MNRCP Requests Letters of Intent

The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program has issued a request for letters of intent. The deadline to apply is June 30th, 2014.

Decision in MA Supports Land Trust

In a decision yesterday, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held in favor of New England Forestry Foundation’s tax exemption for its preserve in Hawley. Read more. Coincidentally, a similar case was heard yesterday in Maine, though no decision has been reached yet in that case.

Maine Legislative Recap

The Maine State Legislature wrapped up it’s spring session last week. Read the outcome of conservation-related bills here.

Featured Conservation Story

New LMF Grants Boost Conservation, Recreation

For the first time since 2010, Maine's award-winning Land for Maine's Future (LMF) program has granted voter-approved bond funds to land conservation projects around the state. The nine-person board agreed to invest more than $9 million in 30 projects. These investments will bolster tourism-related businesses, increase access for outdoor recreation, and enhance the State's traditional natural resource-based economy. Read more.

Land Trust News

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Conference Delivers Inspiration and Perspective

MCHT's Maine Land Conservation Conference, an annual two-day event, has become a fixture on the calendar for conservation professionals and volunteers alike. Read about this year's conference highlights, and view a video of Terry Tempest Williams and Roger Milliken delivering the keynote talk, "A Conversation Between Friends."

A Primer on Property Tax Procedural Choices

By Rob Levin, Esq. -- Rob Levin is a Maine attorney who specializes in land conservation and nonprofit organizations. Rob recently assisted a Maine arts organization in successfully challenging a town's denial of property tax exemption, and has advised Maine... [read more]

Judge Rules in Favor of Land Trust in Property Tax Exemption Case

Posted June 2013 -- Francis Small Heritage Trust (FSHT) has won their bid for property tax exemption in the Superior Court in York County. Judge Paul A. Fritzsche held that land trusts, like Francis Small Heritage Trust, are eligible for... [read more]