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PLN News: Conservation economies, and Smoky up in smoke.
September 2014
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Major Court Victory for Maine Land Trusts

An iconic Maine moose. Photo: Nate Hughes.
In early August, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a landmark pro-conservation decision in Francis Small Heritage Trust, Inc. v. Town of Limington. The opinion puts to rest several arguments that municipalities have raised over the years in denying property tax exemption applications.

Read a summary of the case here.

Politics Hinder Wildfire Funding Bill

Smoky up in smoke. Photo: Gila National Forest.
Bipartisan legislation to stop 'fire borrowing' - which is what happens when the Forest Service runs out of funds budgeted for firefighting and must take money from other parts of its budget - is gimping through Congress.

The legislation would push the federal government to tap disaster funds when the costs of firefighting exceed USFS's allocated amount. 'Fire borrowing' has crippled USFS' other programs.

Texas LPC Recovery Forum

A good ol' fashion standoff in West Texas. Photo: Elliott Blackburn.
Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Thursday, September 11th will host a free forum entitled Tools & Strategies for Lesser Prairie Chicken Recovery in Lubbock, Texas.

Topics will include a guide for landowners to conservation easements, recovery plans for the lesser prairie chicken, and examples of best management practices from the Eagle Ford.

Learn more and register today.

Protect Your Community's Forests

Sunset over an Idaho Springs, CO forest. Photo: dfbphotos.
August 6, the US Forest Service issued a request for applications to the Community Forest Program (CFP). This grant program provides financial assistance of up to 50% of the project costs to local and Tribal governments, and qualified nonprofits looking protect their local forests.

Among other benefits, community forests can protect wildlife habitat, water quality and provide places for people to recreate in nature.

Learn more about the CFP and apply here.
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