The Issue: Often Inaccessible Benefits of the Outdoors
Spending time outdoors can help reduce stress and improve overall mood. In fact, access to recreational facilities, parks, and trails was named one of the leading built-environment factors that impacts health on the 2012 Benton County community assessment. But connecting with nature can be difficult for some underserved populations. For people whose first language is Spanish, access to local nature trails is limited by their ability to read and understand trail maps. If the maps are all in English, they may not be able to locate the trail within the region or distinguish a difficult hilly scramble from an easy walk. However, printing the maps in both English and Spanish can create more opportunities for residents to experience their local green spaces.
The Campaign: Creating Spanish-Language Trail Maps
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Greenbelt Land Trust to increase access to mid-Willamette Valley trails for people whose first language is not English. With the first $400 raised, the organization can print trail maps in Spanish and English for two local trail areas and distribute them at two dual-immersion schools. For every additional $10 raised, Greenbelt Land Trust can map out and identify in Spanish one additional trail for its website map. Greenbelt Land Trust's additional total fundraising goal of $8,000 would enable it to develop a Spanish-language version of its entire comprehensive trail database and website, The Right Trail.
Greenbelt Land Trust
Greenbelt Land Trust protects and preserves native habitats and picturesque landscapes to preserve natural spaces and connect people to the natural world. With more than 700 members, the organization aims to create a wide swath of green land, including farmland, forest, and meadowland, that is easily accessible for local residents. Greenbelt Land Trust currently owns more than 1,500 acres in the midvalley and continually works to acquire new properties with natural areas in need of protection. It carefully plans the restoration process when necessary, and links its properties with public spaces and parks to facilitate recreation and create wildlife corridors. Greenbelt Land Trust’s stewardship staff works in the field, restoring wetland, savanna, and prairie landscapes to their native conditions, and its outreach team conducts public workshops on invasive-species management and invites classes onto the land to research its natural inhabitants.