Archives for land trusts

Coastal Conversations 10/28/16

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne


Program Topic: LAND conservation in Downeast Maine

Key Discussion Points:
a) what are land trusts and how to they conserve lands
b) what is the scope of conserved lands in the Downeast region and what is the role of your organization’s and the Downeast education and research network?
c) what is the impact of conserved lands on local communities?

Aaron Dority, Frenchman Bay Conservancy
Bob DeForrest, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Talk of the Towns 10/14/16

Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

Program Topic: Land Trusts Working With Communities

Key Discussion Points:
Land Trusts have always built public use into its mission, including hunting and trapping… how did you arrive at this policy and how have area residents received it?
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust engaged a number of area citizens in some interviews as part of updating your plans… what did you learn in those conversations? What directions are you exploring to increase your involvement with the communities in which you have land and shared interests?
What is the mission and history of Maine Coast Heritage Trust How did your most recent strategic plan come to have a focus on rivers? What is your work work Down East and collaboration with Downeast Fisheries Partnership
How do land trusts typically engage with communities (beyond the early mission of protecting land and other natural resources)… how do you work with schools, for instance?
What are your hopes for your own community and how land trusts will continue to evolve to serve both the natural resources they protect and the community members who live and work here?

Cheri Domina, Executive Director, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust
Jennifer Reifler, volunteer, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust
Chrissy Allen, Blue Hill Heritage Trust
Jacob van de Sande, Maine Coast Heritage Trust by phone

Talk of the Towns 6/10/16

Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: Maine Farmland Trust and Maine’s Food System

Key Discussion Points:

Brief overview of MFT mission and history, starting with its land trust model
How has MFT evolved to a more comprehensive approach you now embrace (land conservation, land access, farm viability, food access, outreach, arts)
What is the vision for a regional food hub and tell about development of the Unity Food Hub, and how it helps farmers, food processors and consumers
What is the Farm-Link program and how does it match available farm land & willing farmers
How does MFT support farmers in develop the skills they need for success on the land and in the marketplace?
What is the Veggies for All program?
What are the opportunities and challenges for farms like Songbird Farm in Unity

Sara Trunzo, Veggies For All Director, Maine Farmland Trust
Colleen Hanlon-Smith, operations manager, Unity Food Hub
Adam Nordell, Songbird Farm, Unity