Annual Appeal

2018 is our 43rd year. From humble beginnings, we have become the organization helping Maine woodland owners. We would not exist without the generous financial support of individuals and supporters. We are grateful for our dues-paying members, but it takes the support of members and contributors to fund our organization. Our membership dues fund only 28% of our operating budget. This is why your support of our Annual Appeal is so important.


We are grateful to our members and supporters who contributed $60,000 to our Annual Appeal. Our most successful ever! 


We have purposely put more resources into our monthly newsletter and our advocacy work; two top priorities based on feedback from members. As a nonprofit organization, we could be exempt from property taxes on lands we hold. However, our Board of Directors feels strongly we should pay property taxes. Those taxes increased significantly this year.  Your tax deductible gift today will go to work immediately, helping us to:

  • Publish our 20-page monthly publication, Maine Woodlands, written by landowners for landowners. We work hard to make Maine Woodlands a premier publication. 
  • Host more than 50 educational workshops.
  • Expand our land trust program. We have protected over 5,000 acres of forestland through gifts of land to this organization and hold easements on more than 3,600 acres.
  • Represent the interest and rights of landowners at the Legislature. We have experienced staff who understand the legislative process and know how to get results.

This last legislative session was the longest, and perhaps the most contentious one in Maine history. During the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature: 

  • We protected the Tree Growth Tax Law program from multiple attacks. 
  • We kept the significant protections provided to landowners in Maine Liability Law intact.
  • We defeated all six Sunday hunting bills. 
  • We helped pass a law which makes it a specific crime to remove or destroy signs posted on property by landowners.

During the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature:

  • We participated in a group formed by the Taxation Committee to review the Tree Growth Tax law and make recommendations to improve it.  The recommendations were accepted by the Committee and can be found in our April 2018 newsletter.
  • We collaborated on a new Discontinued and Abandoned Roads bill that tightened up notification to property owners by towns during the discontinuance process.
  •  As of the end of March, we are working to protect landowner rights and the Tree Growth Tax law, opposing LD 1844.  This bill would require a person with 2,500 acres or more, who is in a current use taxation program, and planning to sell their land to a buyer from outside the U.S., to give the State of Maine the right of first refusal at the agreed upon price with the buyer from outside the country.  The State would have 30 days to respond.  We believe this to be a taking of a landowners rights, and possibly unconstitutional.  It also imposes a new requirement under the Tree Growth Tax law that is unacceptable.

     

    Your generous support serves to strengthen our abilities to serve small woodland owners in Maine. Please consider increasing your gift this year – we’ll put your contribution to work immediately!
    When you contribute $100 or more, we will thank you with a special gift of The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme. For contributions of $200 or more, we are offering a copy of the book, Trespassing-An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of Land by John Hanson Mitchell as a thank you gift.
     

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