In July the Maine Mountain Collaborative announced the launch of a new conservation fund for land protection in the Maine mountain region. The $100,000 “Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor Conservation Fund” provides financial assistance for land conservation projects in the 5 million-acre Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor. The fund supports transaction costs associated with donated (50% or more of value) conservation lands or easements. The fund is one of several made possible throughout the Northeast by a grant from the Jesse B. Cox Charitable Trust Fund at the Boston Foundation.
The fund fits perfectly with the Maine Mountain Collaborative’s mission to bring new sources of conservation funding into the Maine Appalachian Mountain Corridor as well as innovate new conservation strategies. The fund allows the Collaborative to support smaller local land trusts as well as some of its larger members. The Collaborative expects to make 5-10 awards before June 2018 each up to $20,000 to cover the costs associated with donated conservation lands or easements.
The Maine Mountain Collaborative’s mission is to accelerate land conservation in the Maine Appalachian Corridor using traditional and innovative financial strategies. The MMC is a coalition of statewide, regional, and national conservation and forestry organizations bringing a shared focus and innovative vision to accelerate the pace and scale of conservation in one of the world’s most intact temperate forests.