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Land Conservation in Maine Ruled Tax Exempt

We are very pleased to share with you the news that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that land conservation is a charitable purpose under the Maine Property Tax Exemption statute. The ruling settles a dispute between the Town of Limington and Francis Small Heritage Trust (FSHT) regarding the property tax exempt eligibility of FSHT’s preserves. (Read More.)

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.

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

Maine Court Ruling Clarifies that Land Trusts are Eligible for Property Tax Exemption

We are very pleased to share with you the news that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that land conservation is a charitable purpose under the Maine Property Tax Exemption statute. The ruling settles a dispute between the Town of Limington and Francis Small Heritage Trust (FSHT) regarding the property tax exempt eligibility of FSHT's preserves. [read more]

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]