Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the January 2009 Maine Townsman)

Technology Conference

The 2009 MMA Technology Conference is scheduled for March 27 at the Augusta Civic Center. This conference is again cosponsored by the Maine GIS User Group.

Richard McKinney, Government Technology Advisor for Microsoft, will open this year’s conference with a talk on “Cost Efficiencies Through IT Optimization”.

As program planning information becomes available regarding the conference, it will be posted on the MMA website, www.memun.org Registration information will be put on the website by the first of February.

Looking for Best Practices

The Maine Association of Conservation Commissions recently received a grant through the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and The Horizon Foundation to develop a set of “best practice” case studies that focus on ordinances and policies that municipalities across Maine have adopted to support the protection of wildlife habitat and “quality places” in their communities. Our partner in this work is IF&W’s Beginning with Habitat program.

A set of six to eight detailed case studies will describe effective local approaches used to:

1) Guide development in a manner which minimizes habitat fragmentation and inefficient land use practices;

2) Protect wetlands, including riparian corridors and vernal pools;

3) Protect high value habitat, particularly areas identified by the Beginning with Habitat program.

4) Generate support for municipal acquisition of open space and high value wildlife habitat.

MEACC wants to hear about your community’s “best practices” in these areas. Please send information to meacc@meacc.net with a brief description of the “best practice” along with the town’s name and a contact person.