New Small Land Trust Assistance Program
The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition is offering a new assistance program to small land trusts.
Thanks to a partnership agreement with the Land Trust Alliance (LTA), MLTC is initiating a "circuit rider" program designed to help small land trusts, focusing on trusts that have no staff or only a part-time staff person. Experienced MLTC staff and consultants will come to your land trust, free-of-charge, to help your Board and your staff, if any, assess your organization. We'll help you identify your trust's needs and create an action plan, tailored specifically to your organization and designed to assist it in taking a leap forward toward long-term effectiveness and sustainability.
More information here.
Southeastern Mass Land Trust Convocation Feb 2nd
You are invited to attend the
Southeastern Massachusetts Land Trust Convocation
Co-sponsored by The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts,
If you wish to attend, please rsvp to Mark Robinson at: email@example.com
Mass Easement Defense Subcommittee Meeting
The first meeting of the re-formed Massachusetts Easement Defense Subcommittee (MEDS) will be January 31st from 1-4pm at Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary in Worcester, MA.
Agenda available here.
The goal of MEDS is to provide a forum for substantive discussions on topics of interest to the land trust community and for knowledgeable practitioners to share their experience to benefit all. The meeting is open to all Members and Friends of MLTC, and should be of special interest to senior land conservation practitioners and attorneys.
A detailed agenda will be available soon. Topics for this first meeting will be:
If you wish to attend, please rsvp to Kathy McGrath at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contribute to the Mass Land Trust Coalition's Annual Appeal
As 2012 draws to a close, the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition looks back upon a very productive year. And now, with your support of our annual fund drive, we look ahead to further expanding our efforts to serve our state’s land trust community – from the Atlantic coastal headlands to Connecticut Valley farmlands to the forested uplands of the Berkshires.
During two decades as our state’s land trust service center, and with over 130 land conservation members across Massachusetts, the Coalition has served as our state’s key forum for educational outreach, legislative awareness, and networking, all to benefit the important mission of Mass land trusts – protecting farms, forests, wildlife habitat, and community parklands. This year, with its newly-achieved 501 (c) (3) status now in hand, MLTC hired its first executive director, established a permanent home office, and carried out a host of outreach activities.
In the coming year we plan to expand upon these successes, with even more outreach activities designed to help our state’s land trusts carry out their important conservation missions. But that of course requires financial assistance. Please know that we would very much appreciate a year-end gift that will allow us to continue down a pathway of conservation progress. Protecting land for present and future generations is not always easy. It requires an abundance of know-how and a host of informational tools and services, services that our Coalition’s statewide center provides. We hope you’ll support our efforts and contribute to our important conservation role. Thank you.
Charles Knox, Executive Director Ed Becker, Board President
2013 Mass Conservation Land Tax Credit Application Available
The new 2013 Conservation Land Tax Credit (CLCT) Application is now available. Please use this version for all CLTC applications from November 21, 2012 forward. You can find it at http://www.mass.gov/eea/state-parks-beaches/land-use-and-management/land-conservation/massachusetts-conservation-tax-credit-program.html
The web page also has a link to Frequently Asked Questions which we will regularly update for you.
2012 has been a great success so far with 56 new applications. Some have had to move to 2013 for various reasons but we are on track to see 2, 523 acres protected with the $2 million in tax credits. Thank you to everyone who works so hard to guide donors through the entire process.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program.
Tom Anderson, Program Coordinator
Conservation Land Tax Credit Program
Exhibit at the 2013 Mass Land Conservation Conference
There are 30 exhibitor spots open for the Conference on March 23, 2013. The conference theme, “What is a Green Future Worth: From Rural Landscapes to City Parks” provides an exciting backdrop for exhibitors concerned with the sustainability of our communities today and for future generations. At the 2013 conference, exhibitors will benefit from a raffle driven “exhibitor passport” to increase exhibit area traffic.To donate a raffle item to the Mass Land Conservation Conference or if you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
The 2012 Mass Land Conservation Conference (MLCC) offered 36 workshops attracting close to 500 members of the land conservation community and featured 32 exhibitors.
Download the form to register to exhibit at the 2013 Mass Land Conservation Conference
Mass Land Trust Coalition's 2013 Exhibitor Policy is available here
Mass Conservation Land Tax Credit Update - Sept 2012
This will serve as an update to all interested parties about the availability of the Conservation Land Tax Credit (CLTC) for calendar 2012.
As of today, August 10, 2012 we have received 46 new applications in calendar 2012, of which some have been denied, cancelled or withdrawn. There were also 3 applications that were carried over from 2011 to 2012. Together, these applications add up to over 2,223 acres of great conservation land.
The 2012 ?cap? for the CLTC program is $2 million, and we have reached that cap at this time. This means that if all the current applications are carried through to a $50,000 tax credit, or to their appraised tax credit amount, $2,000,000 will be expended. Please note that some current applications may still appraise lower than expected and others may yet be cancelled, which would therefore free up small dollar amounts for reallocation to the next application in line. (We may be able to fund one or two more applications)
All applications that have been submitted up to #0079 have funding reserved for them and will be funded if they successfully complete the entire gift/bargain sale, tax credit process.
Applications that come in from this point through the end of 2012 will be fully evaluated for CLTC eligibility and the applicants will be notified of that eligibility determination. They will also then be notified that they are on the 2012 waiting list and will be contacted if funds become available. If no funding becomes available by November 16, 2012, they will be asked to move their application and the closing on their donation to calendar 2013. Their place in ?line? will be preserved and they will receive funding for the tax credit in 2013.
Please also note that you must apply to the tax credit program before you actually donate the land or sign a conservation restriction. If you are submitting a new application please be sure to use the latest version located at http://www.mass.gov/eea/land-use-habitats/land-conservation/massachusetts-conservation-tax-credit-program..html
100,000 Acre Celebration
100,000 Acres Invitaiton
GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES CONSERVATION OF 100,000 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE
Massachusetts Protected Open Space Now Exceeds Developed Land
Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Patrick-Murray Administration's ambitious land conservation efforts have protected more than 100,000 acres of open space in just five and a half years. The amount of protected open space now stands at 1.25 million acres, for the first time exceeding the amount of developed land in Massachusetts.
“I am extremely proud to announce that the Commonwealth, partnering with local municipalities, land trusts, conservation organizations, businesses and private landowners, has protected over 100,000 acres of land since 2007,” said Governor Patrick. “We have conserved open space and developed parks in over 310 communities, leaving a lasting legacy that touches every corner of the state.”
Governor Patrick announced the land protection milestone at Halfway Pond, where the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and its Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) recently acquired 94 acres of wildlife habitat for $2.5 million and received a gift conservation restriction on another 28.4 acres from A.D. Makepeace Company.
2012 Conference Materials
1D Deer Populations on Land Trust Lands - Ellie Horwitz, Whit Beals, Russ Hopping, Jim Lentowski,
1F Effective Enforcement of Conservation Restriction Violations - Chris Rodstrom, Sally Naser, Andrew
1K CRs Granted in Connection with Conservation Developments - Robert Levite
1L Board Development Boot Camp - Henrietta Jordan
2A Making More Land Available for Farming
2E Avoiding Homelessness for Conservation Restrictions - Stephen Johnson,
2G Managing Trail Conflicts - John Kowaleski
2i Integrating GIS Resource Analysis Into Landowner Outreach - David Santomenna
2J Amending Conservation Restrictions: A Last Resort - Jonathan Bockian
2L Mergers and Other Collaborations of Land Trusts in Massachusetts
3E How All Land Trusts Can Respond to Climate Change - Bob Wilber, Bob O'Connor & Andy Finton
3F Low Cost GIS for Land Trusts: Discounted and Open Source Software & Mapping Tools - Matthew
Mayo, Jeff Collins & Vin Antil
3H The Basics of Planning & Funding Land Conservation - Christa Collins,
3I Legal Roundtable - Buzz Constable, Irene Del Bono, Robert Levite, Kathleen
3K Strategic Conservation Planning for Land Trusts in Hard Times - Ole Amundsen
Conservation Fund’s Land Trust Loan Program Expanding
The Conservation Fund’s Land Trust Loan Program is expanding. Reggie Hall, who heads The Conservation Fund’s Land Trust Loan Program, is reaching out to land trust leaders and community members across the country to learn more about trends in the field, financing needs and partnership opportunities. As a partner to The Conservation Fund myself, I have good things to say about working with them to get conservation done more quickly and effectively. The Franklin Land Trust has borrowed more than $6M through 30+ loans to protect more than 2,500 acres in our region.
Massachusetts Commission on Financing Forest Conservation Report Released
The Massachusetts Commission on Financing Forest Conservation report offers a thoughtful set of recommendations for increasing the pace of forest conservation in Massachusetts. The Commission was chaired by Leigh Youngblood of Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust and assisted by Jim Levitt of Harvard Forest.
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, legislators and members of the Commission announced the completion of the Commission’s report on February 13, 2012.
Conservation Appraisals and OSRPs for Small Communities grant – Expanded and extended!
In an effort to meet demand for funding of Open Space and Recreation Plans (OSRPs), EEA has issued a revised Conservation Appraisals and OSRPs for Small Communities Grant opportunity.
Extended deadline to June 11, 2012
Expanded opportunities to meet OSRP reimbursement requirement:
To receive OSRP funding, the town must submit a complete application to any one of the following Division of Conservation Services grant programs in the Fiscal Year 2013 round: LAND, PARC, Drinking Water Supply Protection, Landscape Partnership, or, they may commit to holding an interest on a property that is the subject of an FY13 Conservation Partnership grant application submitted by an eligible non-profit.
The program provides reimbursement funding to towns with a population of 6,000 or below for OSRPs and/or appraisals contracted in order to apply to the LAND grant program. Funding is non-competitive; all eligible applicants will receive contracts on a rolling basis until all available funding is allocated. Towns must have an executed state contract prior to beginning work. To receive funding for an appraisal, the Town must submit an application to the FY13 LAND grant program. Reimbursement under this grant is not contingent upon the town's selection to receive funding through other DCS grant programs.
Contact: Celia Riechel, 617-626-1187 firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Mass Land Conservation Conference a Great Success!
2012 MASS LAND CONSERVATION CONFERENCE
22nd Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference
Thanks to our five sponsors, 80 presenters and many volunteers, the 22nd Mass Land Conservation Conference was a great day for 491 attendees.
About the conference: This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust board members, staff, volunteers, municipal commission members and others interested in land conservation with the information, skills, and connections they need to be most effective.
The 2012 conference theme is Working Lands: Farms, Forests and Conservation
In 2012, the workshop tracks will be:
The Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference is co-convened by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and The Trustees of Reservations' Putnam Conservation Institute. Conference sponsors include: American Farmland Trust, Land Trust Alliance, Mass Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land.
Regulations and Application for 2012 Mass Land Conservation Tax Credit
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
This note is to notify everyone that has expressed interest in the CLTC program that there is a new 2012 Conservation Land Tax Credit Application on the EEA website at this time. (see link below) Please disregard the older 2011 version originally listed there in favor of this new one. No major changes, just organized in what we hope to be a more user friendly format. If you already sent in a 2012 application with the old format you do not need to resend it.
Check the CLTC web site every so often as we will be posting additional information now and then. For instance, within a week we will have a document posted there that better explains how we evaluate and weight the Conservation Values and Purposes presented in applications.
The CLTC program does have a $2 million dollar allocation for 2012 so applications are welcome. Also, please note that applicants can apply for a tax credit of less than the $50,000 maximum. Last year we gave a credit for a $20,000 donation so there is no reason not to include smaller donations in the mix.
Thank you for your interest in the program.
Link to 2012 CLTC Page:
Tom Anderson, Executive Secretary