Habitat Protection Fund

Spring 2019 Habitat Protection Fund RFP Available!

Find the Habitat Protection Fund RFP here.

CBEP is offering grants to support the permanent protection of targeted habitats in the Casco Bay watershed through its CBEP Habitat Protection Fund (Fund). The Fund will be administered through grants from CBEP via the University of Southern Maine, in partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW), and US Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Coastal Program (USFWS). A total of $20,000 is available in this round. The Fund provides cost-sharing grants to support transition and acquisition costs.

Applicants must provide tax parcel/lot/map information to USFWS and CBEP no later than March 15, 2019. USFWS will then prepare a standard series of maps to accompany each proposal on a first-come, first-served basis. Completed proposals must be emailed to CBEP by 5:00 PM on April 12, 2019.

 

The following projects were awarded funding in Fall 2018:

  • Rines Forest II, Cumberland, Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust. This 53-acre acre parcel is adjacent to the 216-acre Rines Forest in the Piscataqua River watershed, in the heart of a three-town green corridor for wildlife and conservation with high value wildlife habitat.
  • Riverfront Woods Preserve Project, Yarmouth, Royal River Conservation Trust and the Town of Yarmouth. Funds are going towards the purchase of the 24-acre Dugas parcel on the Royal River, a stretch of river critically important because it connects Casco Bay’s significant habitat to resilient riparian zones upriver.
  • Robinson Pond South, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. This roughly 52-acre parcel borders on a 7.5-acre pond, providing important habitat for inland and tidal waterfowl as well as a variety of native birds, plants and animals. It also protects low-lying coastal land predicted to be a future marsh migration corridor.
  • Scribner Lot, Otisfield, Western Foothills Land Trust (WFLT). This 46-acre forested parcel is adjacent to 271 acres owned by WFLT and has frontage on the Crooked River. The project will protect 2,817 feet of shoreline and 19.3 acres of wetlands.
  • Woodward Point, Brunswick, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT). This property has more than 10,000 feet of coastal frontage and 38 acres of ecologically diverse and commercially important coastal wetlands. It includes shore frontage on the New Meadows River and includes “the Bullpens,” high-productivity clam flats. MCHT is partnering with the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust to acquire this property.

 

Community clam conservation in Phippsburg. A 2018 Community Grant project

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Community Grants Program

Through the Casco Bay Community Grants Program, CBEP seeks to encourage new partnerships and innovative projects that engage communities with Casco Bay and its watershed, and that are tied in with the 2016 Casco Bay Plan.

Please email Victoria Boundy  at victoria.boundy@maine.edu to to be added to the distribution list for future announcements.

2019 Casco Bay Community Grant Awards Announced

CBEP received nine proposals totaling $27,000 from schools, nonprofit organizations and community groups, and made awards for four projects in the Casco Bay Islands, Portland, and Harpswell. CBEP had a total of $12,500 to award.

Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) will use their CBEP award to foster a stronger “Leave No Trace” ethic among Casco Bay Island visitors who enjoy the outdoors with their pets. According to MITA, “managing pet impacts has emerged as a formidable stewardship challenge on the public islands in Casco Bay.” Allowing canine companions to roam, explore and go to the bathroom at will has resulted in disturbance to wildlife and habitat, threatened water quality, and a diminished nature experience for many island visitors. MITA will be train volunteers on and use targeted education and outreach strategies, primarily on three heavily impacted islands on Casco Bay: Jewell Island (Portland), Little Chebeague Island (Chebeague) and Little Snow Island (Harpswell).

Holbrook Community Foundation (HCF), Harpswell, aims to educate community leaders and residents about local aquaculture initiatives in the New Meadows, by organizing three boat tours to aquaculture sites and targeted communications. Their goal of educating the local community and leaders about this new segment of the New Meadows fishery ties into the Holbrook Foundation’s mission to support the commercial fishing community and “to provide opportunities for education about the marine environment and the changing marine economy,” according to the Foundation. The tours and discussions will also provide opportunities to nurture relationships between landowners, community leaders and the aquaculture community.

Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School in Portland will use its grant funding to raise environmental awareness of first and second grade students and residents by installing a “Story Walk” on Portland public trails. Students will be sharing knowledge with the wider community about how waterways connect, support, and enhance our communities, through a cooperatively written narrative story. Students will then illustrate their story with the expertise of a local artist, and will install the final product as a story walk on the Portland Public Trails. The project is part of a larger multidisciplinary project that includes a partnership with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District that focuses on protecting water resources.

Helping families enjoy spending time outdoors together and learning about Harpswell’s coastal environment are the goals of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s (HHLT) “pop-up family fun and learning station.” According to HHLT, involving families in public programs can be challenging, but “engaging parents alongside their children outdoors has the potential for lasting impact.” With Community Grant funds, HHLT will create a family fun and learning station that can rotate to different land trust preserves in Harpswell. The mobile station will include equipment and materials such as magnifying lenses, identification materials and fun facts about the coastal environment, nature-inspired art activities and more.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Habitat Protection Fund

CBEP funds are available to support the protection of high value habitat in the Casco Bay watershed. An RFP is announced annually; please check the “Announcements” section of the Home Page for a current RFP.

Fall 2018 Habitat Protection Fund Grant Awards

CBEP is awarding $39,000 to five organizations to support the permanent protection of targeted habitats in the Casco Bay watershed through its CBEP Habitat Protection Fund. The Fund provides cost-sharing grants to support transition and acquisition costs.

The following projects were awarded funding:

  • Rines Forest II, Cumberland, Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust. This 53-acre acre parcel is adjacent to the 216-acre Rines Forest in the Piscataqua River watershed, in the heart of a three-town green corridor for wildlife and conservation with high value wildlife habitat.
  • Riverfront Woods Preserve Project, Yarmouth, Royal River Conservation Trust and the Town of Yarmouth. Funds are going towards the purchase of the 24-acre Dugas parcel on the Royal River, a stretch of river critically important because it connects Casco Bay’s significant habitat to resilient riparian zones upriver.
  • Robinson Pond South, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. This roughly 52-acre parcel borders on a 7.5-acre pond, providing important habitat for inland and tidal waterfowl as well as a variety of native birds, plants and animals. It also protects low-lying coastal land predicted to be a future marsh migration corridor.
  • Scribner Lot, Otisfield, Western Foothills Land Trust (WFLT). This 46-acre forested parcel is adjacent to 271 acres owned by WFLT and has frontage on the Crooked River. The project will protect 2,817 feet of shoreline and 19.3 acres of wetlands.
  • Woodward Point, Brunswick, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT). This property has more than 10,000 feet of coastal frontage and 38 acres of ecologically diverse and commercially important coastal wetlands. It includes shore frontage on the New Meadows River and includes “the Bullpens,” high-productivity clam flats. MCHT is partnering with the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust to acquire this property.

Woodward Point, Brunswick