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April  2010
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Policy Update

Federal 

An Update on the Enhanced Easement Incentive
The federal "extenders" bill, which would renew the enhanced easement incentive for the 2010 tax year, has not made any movement recently. On March 10th, the U.S. Senate voted 62 to 36 to pass a package of tax "extenders" and other provisions that include a one-year extension of the enhanced tax deduction for conservation easements.
The U.S. House and Senate remain at a stalemate over how to pay for the bill, partly due to the final healthcare bill, which used up the biggest "offset" from the Senate-passed "extenders" bill. However, there continues to be pressure from the business community to get these tax provisions renewed. For more information, see www.landtrustalliance/policy

State 

Conveyance of State Property to Private Use
The Senate Appropriations Natural Resources and Environment Subcommittee took testimony yesterday, April 29, on SB 730 (Sen. Stamas, R-Midland), a bill that would require the DNRE to convey 475 acres of state-owned forest property in Oscoda Township, Iosco County to a private landowner for development of a golf course. The legislation would also undermine DNRE’s boundary review process, which found that the 475 acres should continue to be state land because of its timber resources and recreational and habitat values. A House version of the bill, HB 5058 (Rep. Sheltrown, D-West Branch), passed the House last June.

Heart of the Lakes testified in opposition to SB 730, which would set poor legislative precedent by opening the door to additional public land grabs while serving narrow, private economic interests. The bill was not voted upon at the April 29 committee meeting.

Member News

Conservancy Partnerships Receive Restoration Funding

Several Heart of the Lakes member conservancies and their partners will receive major funding for habitat restoration and removal of invasive species in grant awards recently announced by the “Sustain Our Great Lakes” program, a public-private partnership administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Sustain Our Great Lakes is funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read More
Peninsula Township’s Farmland Preservation Program in Top Ten
Peninsula Township (Grand Traverse County) was showcased as one of ten “Trailblazers” in farmland preservation in the Spring 2010 American Farmland, the quarterly magazine of the American Farmland Trust. The purchase of development rights program recently celebrated its fifteenth anniversary, protecting more than 5,000 acres of prime fruit growing lands. Read More
Project Highlight of the Month
The North Country Trail gets a boost and a new scenic public trail is available, thanks to a partnership between the Little Traverse Conservancy, City of Petoskey, and the North Country Trail Association.

Events and Training

Advancing Conservancy Excellence

Ask An Attorney—Dealing with the Next Generation of Landowners
Friday, May 7, 2010, 10:00 – 11:00 am       
Featuring Scott Howard
Free Conference Call-- Please sign up!

SpringBoard to Peer Networking
Monday, May 17, 2010, 10:00 - 3:00 pm, Cadillac, MI, $15
Peer workshop for board members of Michigan land conservancies, includes Board Building session, a networking lunch, and an expert panel of conservancy board members.

Major Gifts Development/Fundraising Workshop
Thursday, August 19—Save the Date!
Led by David Allen, Development for Conservation, LLC
Location TBD—Watch for registration information

Land Trust Alliance

Beyond the Basics of Baseline Documentation
Monday, May 24, 2010, Holland, MI, $75 for Land Trust Alliance members
An all day Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices Curriculum Seminar and Field Visit
Instructor:  Judy Anderson, Community Consultants
Haworth Conference Center, Holland, MI 
Building Blocks for a Strong Organization
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, Novi, $75 for Land Trust Alliance members
One day organizational development training featuring Andy Robinson

Land Trust Alliance On-Line Trainings
Introduction to Conservation Easement Violations
May 19, 2010, 1:00 pm ET, $50 per connection
Instructors:  Judy Anderson & Laurel Florio

Climate Change and Land Trusts
May 20, 2010, 2:00 pm ET, $50 per connection
Instructor:  Andrew Pitz

Determining Stewardship Costs for Fee Lands
June 10, 2010, 1:00 pm ET, $50 per connection
Instructor:  Paul Doscher
5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
May 17 – 19, Detroit
Learn how to start and scale up a farm to school/cafeteria program in your community.

Real Estate Continuing Education for Assessors, Appraisers and Brokers

Land Conservation Marketplace I — Essentials for Assessors, Appraisers and Brokers
Classes offered on April 5, April 12, May 12 and May 26 in the Lansing Area, $95
(6 hour credit for assessors, 7 hours for appraisers)
Offered by the Avocet Group
For more information, avocet09@gmail.com or call 517-974-3064

Other Training Opportunities

The Stewardship Network
Migratory Birds with Caleb Putnam, Michigan Audubon Society
Wednesday, May 12, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm , free webinar

NorthSky Nonprofit Network
Strategic Agility:  Moving from Strategic Planning to Strategic Thinking
Thursday, May 13 – Noon to 1:30 pm, $10
Instructors:  Amy Beyer, Conservation Resource Alliance and Pam Evans, NorthSky Organizational Development Consultant
Northwestern Michigan College University Center, Room 5

Board Connect
Building Your Board
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 9 am –Noon, $55 per person
Hannan House
4750 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI  48201

Starting Off Right:  Board Member Orientation
Thursday, May 13, 2010, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, $45 per person
NEW Center
1100 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Michigan Nonprofit Association
Financial Management—Webinar
June 1, 2010, 9:00 am – 12 Noon, $40 for MNA members

For training opportunities throughout the state, check out the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Statewide Training Calendar
 
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