LURC Reform Commission to Hold Public Listening Sessions

AUGUSTA, Maine – The LURC Reform Commission, established by the Maine Legislature to recommend possible reforms to the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), will hold its next work session later this week and will include two public listening sessions.

2011 PROJECT CANOPY ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Project Canopy Assistance Grants are available to state, county, and municipal governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations for developing and implementing community forestry projects and programs. Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership between the Department of Conservation’s Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine, anticipates that $200,000 will be available to support community forestry projects in the…

Action Alert! Please Contact our US Senators and ask their support for the HUD/DOT Sustainable Communities Program

Maine has two ongoing Sustainable Communities Programs, one in Northern and Downeast Maine and one in Greater Portland.  Please reach out to our Senators to ensure these regional planning initiavies can continue!   Please contact Senators Collins and Snowe   Email title:   Take action: Partnership for Sustainable Communities in Real Danger As you may know,…

LURC Reform Commission Resource

From maine.gov: The LURC Reform Commission was formed through a resolution passed by the 125th Maine Legislature to make recommendations on how to carry out land use planning, zoning and permitting in the 10.4 million acres of unorganized towns and plantations of Maine.  This website is the primary source for information about the LURC Reform…

Forever Farms

As I walked down the dirt drive, jaunty notes of live bluegrass wafted over on the gentle breeze.  The scents of fresh hay, fields of flowers and barnyard intermingled with sizzling chicken bbq.  Laughter, lively conversation and intermittent applause rounded out the sensory explosion.  I had arrived at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough – one of …

Maine Voices Heard in DC

I traveled to DC last week, between the earthquake and the hurricane, to participate in a day-long White House Citizen Leaders’ Briefing. This was a chance to discuss what’s working and what’s not on a variety of policy areas. The morning was spent in breakout sessions, and after a tour of the East Wing of the White House, about 70 of us from a half dozen states met in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a broader discussion with administration policy advisors.

Project Canopy and Dutton’s Nursery Offer Free Trees to Organizations

AUGUSTA, Maine – Known for connecting Maine communities with the beauty, vitality and utility of trees, Project Canopy, the Maine Forest Service’s community tree program, is offering a different type of tree-planting opportunity.

Through the generosity of Dutton’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Morrill, more than 1,000 trees, representing 75 different species, are being offered free of charge to municipalities, schools and non-profit organizations for community planting, according to Project Canopy officials, under the Maine Department of Conservation.

“Ms. Smith Goes to Washington”

Nancy E. Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, has been tapped to attend The White House Community Leaders Briefing Series in Washington DC on August 26, 2011.

The briefing series is a unique opportunity for Maine leaders to come to Washington to hear directly from White House officials on the issues that are affecting communities across Maine and learn more about the President’s priorities and initiatives from the people that work on them every day. In return, Administration staff gets to hear what’s going on in cities and towns across Maine directly from the experts – Maine community leaders. Participants are local leaders who are currently involved in their cities and towns– in their neighborhoods, schools, churches, non-profit organizations, environmental groups, activist and advocacy groups, etc. and who are continuously invested in improving their own communities.

Free Trees!!!!

Project Canopy has always connected communities with trees. Since the beginning of the program in 1990, we have offered grants to communities for tree plantings. Since then, we have distributed millions of dollars in grant money to plant trees on streets, in parks, and in front yards throughout Maine.

This year, through the generosity of Dutton’s Nursery, in Morrill, Maine, we are offering a different type of tree planting opportunity. Dutton’s has unfortunately decided to close operations at the end of the season this year. Rather than wholesaling remaining stock, they have decided to give back to the communities that have supported their business over the years, by donating trees to Project Canopy. Cities, towns, schools, and non-profit organizations will be eligible to receive free trees for community planting.

Quality of Place in Another Place

Through a twist of fate, I made an unanticipated trip to France in July, and spent nearly two weeks in a medieval city of 11,000 located in the Midi-Pyrenees region, just a few hours drive north of Spain.  In this region of France, a drive of a few hours reveals a pattern.  Driving along a…