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Announcements

Access For All to Public Lands

A new booklet from the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association addresses the considerations involved with creating equitable access to public lands. Read the PDF.

Now Accepting Conference Workshop Proposals

As part of our planning for the Maine Land Conservation Conference, Maine Coast Heritage Trust is inviting YOU to participate by submitting a proposal for a conference workshop, field trip or half-day seminar. Find out more.

Fall Regional Meetings

Regional meetings for land trusts and related organizations are convened in each region of the State, typically in the fall. Meetings of the Penobscot Bay Region and Western Mtns & Inland Region groups have been scheduled for October 16th and November 7th respectively. Contact Donna FMI.

Featured Conservation Story

Annual Gathering of Land Stewards

On October 1st, thirty-five land stewards from all over Maine gathered in Harpswell for a chance to share ideas, problem solve together and learn from the significant expertise they represent as a group. The skies were gray but the rain held off and we spent the morning at the Austin Cary Forest. Most people are surprised to learn 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]