Environmental consultants provide essential expertise for the design and completion of many projects to restore and protect aquatic resources in Maine. While most land conservation groups are well-equipped to acquire land or easements, few have the internal capacity or expertise to design and implement the restoration or enhancement work that make projects particularly competitive for MNRCP funding. Consultants can help land conservation groups and municipalities to identify parcels, to consider restoration options, to prepare a proposal for MNRCP funding, and to implement projects. Appropriate consulting costs can be included as part of an applicant’s budget.
Overall, MNRCP aims to restore and protect resources that best match the natural characteristics and values that were impacted through recently permitted projects in each MNRCP Region. Priority is also given to projects that benefit habitat areas identified as priorities for land conservation or habitat preservation through statewide, regional or municipal planning processes. While no matching funds are required for MNRCP grants, financial leverage and other signs of project readiness and project sponsor capacity are considered as part of proposal review.
For a step-by-step guide to the application process please follow this link.
Examples of MNRCP-funded projects where environmental consultants played an important role:
- Bell Marsh Wetlands, York
- Clark Island Wetlands Restoration, Saint George
- Montsweag Brook Restoration, Wiscasset & Woolwich