The Issue: Protected-Properties Environmental Stewardship
Protected properties can enable natural spaces to flourish against the backdrop of sprawling urban centers and commercial encroachment. These spaces can also act as oases adjacent to urban areas, providing opportunities for recreation and for city dwellers to connect with the natural world.
The Campaign: Plant Trees on a Protected Land Trust
With each $5 donation that this Grassroots campaign raises, Greenbelt Land Trust can plant one native tree on one of its properties in the Mid-Willamette Valley to help restore the natural landscape of the region. The donation will cover costs of the seedling, mulch, and the materials necessary to dig the hole for the tree. Middle-school students on field trips to the land trust will each plant one native tree. Groupon donors of at least $20 can register their Groupon Grassroots vouchers to receive a one-year membership to Greenbelt Land Trust (a $35 value), which includes invitations to events, opportunities to explore protected properties, and a quarterly newsletter.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
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.