Off Campus Event: Maine Land Trust Conference- Save the Date March 21-22, 2018

Maine Land Conservation Conference 2018


Get ready for a multifaceted learning experience as Maine Coast Heritage Trust celebrates its 35th annual land trust gathering! Rather than offering various small breakouts sessions on specific nuts and bolts topics, at this year’s event we will invite a bit of disruption, with a focus on big, strategic topics and challenging the status quo. As a group, attendees will hear from a variety of speakers, some of whom will be familiar and some unexpected, and there will be lots of opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange and networking. The event will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at the Samoset Resort in​ Rockport, and will kick off a year-long learning path to inform and guide Maine land trusts as we prepare for a rapidly changing future.  If you have not attended the conference for a while, we encourage you to consider joining us this year to help shape our path going forward.

Throughout the day of this special event, we will take advantage of fresh formats, invite plenty of discussion, and spur interaction and debate in provocative ways. We don’t want to give too much away, but some of the things you can expect are:

  • Creating a visual depiction of where we are as a movement
  • Practicing listening techniques
  • Finding inspiration from other sectors and sources
  • Encouraging everyone to speak up, speak out, and ask questions
  • Thinking in new ways about how to tell our own story, and find the story in others.

After this day of stimulating discussions, MCHT will carry forward our explorations into subsequent meetings, trainings and events over the months that follow. These will include Maine Land Trust Network steering committee meetings, land trust regional gatherings, special workshops, and more.

There will be other opportunities for attendees to meet with colleagues, take part in fun activities, and discuss land conservation in Maine:

  • field trips and events hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Georges River Land Trust
  • an informal Meet & Greet on the evening of Wednesday March 21st
  • a closing reception on Thursday evening.

The Samoset Resort is offering a special rate of $111 plus tax for event participants who wish to book a room on Wednesday night (single or double occupancy). That rate is offered through 2/28/18. To make a reservation, contact the Samoset through their central reservations office at 800-341-1650, and identify yourself as a participant in the Maine Coast Heritage Trust event. Rooms will be available for anyone wishing to stay Thursday night, but the prevailing rate will apply.

Please mark March 21-22 on your calendar today. More details, including how to register, will soon be available. We hope you will join us in Rockport this year! See the website for more information.

Off Campus: Preparing for Sea Level Rise (Fri, Dec 8 1:00-2:30 Gulf of Maine Research Institute)

Preparing for Sea Level Rise
Friday, December 8| 1:00PM – 2:30 PM | Gulf of Maine Research Institute 350 Commercial Street Portland, ME 04101

Our sea level rise program brings local relevancy to global scientific data through local history, maps, and case studies. Join us for a 90 minute interactive experience to explore the impacts of sea level rise and weather events on community resources, and examine potential resiliency measures. Please note: the content of this program will remain the same for each of these events.

The space for this program is limited. If you would like to reserve a spot, please fill out the form below.

Questions? Please contact, Gayle Bowness, Science Education Program Manager at or (207) 228-1647

Internship: PAID internship with the Natural Resources Council of Maine- Part time Jan-June 2018

PAID internship with the Natural Resources Council of Maine
Part- time January-June 2018

The Natural Resources Council of Maine has a paid part-time internship from January to June. The position is flexible, averages about 5 hours per week, and the majority can be done remotely.

It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in the environment, environmental advocacy, communications, and/or education.


See the whole job posting and apply on eBear!


Off Campus: Frontier Theater & Cafe : upcoming films in Brunswick 11/17-11/30

Written and Directed by Brett Morgen
Music by Philip Glass
Genre: Documentary, 1hr 30mins
Frontier Theater, 14 Maine St, Mill 3, Fort Andross, Brunswick

Oscar®-and Emmy®-nominated director Brett Morgen, described as “the leading revolutionary of American documentary film” by The Wall Street Journal, uses a trove of 16mm footage rediscovered in 2014 from the National Geographic archives to shed fresh light on world-changing conservationist Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace. An animal lover since childhood, the 26-year-old British woman arrives in Tanzania’s Gombe wilderness in 1960 to live among the chimpanzees and study their behavior. The rare woman in a male-dominated field, Goodall has no scientific training. What she does possess are binoculars, monumental patience and a keen eye for details, which she meticulously records in her notebook.

Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Directed by Steven Lewis Simpson
Cast: Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman
Genre: Drama, 1hr 50mins
Frontier Theater, 14 Maine St, Mill 3, Fort Andross, Brunswick

Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Kent Nerburn, this funny and deeply moving film follows an author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder. Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney), a good-hearted, white American family man and writer, receives a mysterious call from a distant Indian reservation regarding an oral history book he made with Red Lake Ojibwe reservation students in northern Minnesota. Despite misgivings, Kent travels across America’s northern plains to arrive at the bleak, poverty-stricken reservation deep in the high plains of the Dakotas. The old man, Dan (Dave Bald Eagle), who lives alone in a clapboard shack back in the hills with his only real companions—his dog, a close friend named Grover (Richard Ray Whitman) and his granddaughter, Wenonah (Roseanne Supernault)—interrogates Kent as to his motives for working with Indian people. Once satisfied he is not a turquoise clad “wannabe” spouting Indian philosophy, Dan recounts the story of American history from the Native point of view. As the stories pour from Dan, Kent’s understanding of the world is turned upside down. An inanimate landscape comes alive, and a history he thought he knew is called into question.

Off Campus Activity: Volunteer at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Soup Kitchen (Thursdays)

Volunteer at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Soup Kitchen
Many slots available– especially on Thursdays

Help fight food insecurity here in ME with MCHPP. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including sorting donated food, serving meals, chef’s helper, prep/server, dishwashers, and more. New volunteers can fill out the volunteer form and returners can sign up for shifts using VicNet. Volunteers are needed at the MCHPPs Soup Kitchen for a variety of tasks including chef’s helper, prep/server, and dishwashers. Contact Zoe Aarons or Kathleen Johnson.

Off Campus Events: Merrymeeting Gleaning Program & Maine Gleaning Week

 -Apple Gleaning at Rocky Ridge Orchard, Nov 5th (9-11am)

This event will be another large event where many of our gleaning volunteers will come together to glean all of the remaining apples that we can harvest from Rocky Ridge Orchard at the end of their season. This will take place from 9am-11am and would be great event for Bowdoin students. I’m hoping since this is on a Sunday, is relatively short, and since apple picking is a fun “sexy” gleaning activity, we can get a large Bowdoin contingent to go out with me this day. We are hoping to donate a bunch of fresh apples to many of our normal recipient organizations but are also considering strongly the possibility of turning many of the apples we collect into apple sauce at MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program, which students could also assist with if they were interested.

Contact Zach Hebert for more information:

The Merrymeeting Gleaning programs works on a weekly collection and distribution cycle at local farms. Right now we are gleaning 5 days a week from 4 different places. . The sign-up links along with the times in the day for each of those are attached here:


Off Campus Events: Food Recovery Coalition, Maine Gleaning Events (October 9-16, 2017)

Celebrating Maine Gleaning Week
* Gleaning Workgroup: Gleaning Urban Fruit Trees in Portland, Oct. 9-14
*Education Workgroup: Gleaning with Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) at Jordan’s Farm, Oct. 12.
*Policy Workgroup: Gleaning with NRCM Rising at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Oct. 14.
*Events Workgroup: Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Screening, Oct. 16. At Portland Public Library.

​Reserve tickets at

For more information, see the webpage

Member of Maine Gleaning Network
The Food Recovery Coalition (FRC) seeks to identify and implement efficient, systematic, and scalable means of reducing food waste and expanding access to healthy local food. Coalition efforts span networking and collaboration, data collection and dissemination, and educational events and advocacy.

FRC has met regularly since last year’s event and is now contributing staff time and other resources to help organize Maine Gleaning Week events in Cumberland County. For more information or to join the group, contact

Off Campus Event: The Future of Fossil Fuels- Heating & Transportation Policy & Strategies (Thurs. 10/19 7:15 am-12:00 pm)

The Futue of Fossil Fuels- Heating and Transportation Policy & Strategies
Thursday, October 19 7L15 AM-12:00 PM
Maple Hill Farm, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, ME

Home heating and transportation fuel consumption make Maine one of the most petroleum-dependent states in the nation, with the highest per capita petroleum consumption in New England. Maine has the highest CO2 emissions per capita in New England, with these emissions coming mainly from the heating and transportation sectors. What is the future for fossil fuels in the transportation and heating sectors, and how can policy and other strategies positively shape the future for Maine?

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Transportation Panel
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Heating Panel

Heating Policy & Strategies

Two-thirds of Maine households use fuel oil to heat their homes, a higher proportion than any other state in the nation. However, they are increasingly using alternatives such as wood pellets, natural gas, or heat pumps run by electricity to reduce costs when oil prices are high. The 2015 Comprehensive Energy Plan identified “Heating” as a major area of focus and the Governor’s Energy Office is looking at heating policy as a major issue in its work to develop a Maine Energy Roadmap. While oil prices have improved, a new heat pump program has exceeded expectations, and Efficiency Maine programs are tightening up Maine’s housing and building stock, it is still an issue in need of a comprehensive, long-term policy strategy.

What are the biggest challenges facing Maine’s heating industry in terms of policy, technology, infrastructure, etc.? What should Maine’s primary strategy be in reducing oil consumption in this sector and what is the role of the State?

Transportation Policy & Strategies

Maine’s largest end-use for energy is transportation, with the transportation sector consuming around 32% of Maine’s energy. Maine has fewer alternative fuel vehicles per capita than other New England states, and very little infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles including electric, natural gas, and biofuels. The State is nearly 100% dependent on petroleum to fuel rail, truck, bus, aerospace, marine, and automobile transportation vehicles. This is often a disadvantage as gasoline and diesel fuel prices are extremely volatile due to global, national, and regional constraints. To add to the challenge, Maine is a rural state over a large area, necessitating widespread travel within a limited transportation infrastructure base.

What are the biggest challenges facing Maine’s transportation sector in terms of policy, technology, and infrastructure? What should Maine’s primary strategy be in reducing oil consumption in this sector and what is the role of the State?

Contact Jeff Marks for reduced rate to attend this program:

Off Campus Event: A Day in the Woods Forestry Event (Sat. Oct 14 8-4, Jefferson, Maine)

A Day in the Woods: Forestry Event
Saturday, October 14 (All Ages) 8 AM-4PM
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson Maine

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 14 (rain date Oct. 15). Midcoast Conservancy is hosting a full day of information and fun in the woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. A few of the highlights include:

  • Learn by listening and talking to state experts on low-impact forestry, improving the ability of forest practices to sequester carbon and enhance wildlife habitat, the benefits of conservation easements, land trust experience with forestry, and more.
  • Learn by seeing, doing and walking with pros. There will be guided walks and talks; demonstrations of logging with horses, small scale equipment, and a small European cut to length processor; workshops on trail making and tree pruning, dealing with invasive plants and bugs; exhibits and more.
  • Learn by having fun. There will be several guided walks for kids with readings in the woods by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Project Learning Tree activities for kids and teachers and much more.
  • Exercise with a “Tour De Woods” fat bike ride.
  • Stomp your feet, dance, or just listen to The Gawler Family band performing new and old logging songs.

Click here to download a schedule for the day.

Breakfast from Alna General Store, lunch from Harvest Moon and Oxbow beer for purchase during the day.


Thanks to our wonderful co-sponsors: American Forest Foundation, Baskahegan Company, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Forest Society of Maine, Knox-Lincoln and Kennebec Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Maine Audubon, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Forest Service, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Maine Project Learning Tree, Maine Tree Farm, Maine Woodland Owners, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Nature Conservancy and New England Forestry Foundation.

Off campus Event: “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” Movie Screening, Portland (Monday, Oct 16 4-7:30 pm)

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” 
Monday, Oct 16 4-7:30 PM
Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library,

Come celebrate the First Annual Maine Gleaning Week and World Food Day with us! NRCM and our partners in the Maine Gleaning Network and Food Recovery Coalition and others are collaborating on a FREE EVENT at the Portland Public Library on Monday, October 16th from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Come for all or part to be inspired by Maine’s food recovery leaders and be among the first to see celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s new film, “Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.” SPACE IS LIMITED, SO RSVP today!

The event begins at 4:00 p.m. with keynotes by Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank and Steven M. Finn of University of Pennsylvania, LeanPath. You’ll learn about World Food Day and Maine Gleaning Week, and have time to mingle with other guests to enjoy light refreshment, including food gleaned from local Maine farms, until the film begins at 5:30. After the film, you are invited to stay for a discussion.

Learn more about the film and reserve your seat.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please click the button below to reserve your spot today! 

Rines Auditorium is located in the Portland Public Library at 5 Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101.

Register here