The Issue: Inaccessibility of Nature Trails
According to the Maine Land Trust Network, the growing gap between humanity and the environment, coupled with development and indifference, is responsible for much of the stress on the natural world. Time spent outdoors can spark support for the environment, but often paths through nature cannot be built due to erosion, rivers, or swampy areas. This is true for many trails in the Portland area—such as the Stroudwater and Brickyard Point Trails.
The Campaign: Boardwalks in the Fore River Sanctuary
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Portland Trails can build roughly 25 feet of boardwalk trail and bridges through the Fore River Sanctuary. Volunteers and staff members will use wood grown and milled exclusively in Maine. The trails are designed to appear as though they fit in the landscape, reduce erosion, provide alternate transportation options between communities, and help trail walkers access more remote areas of the park. Each additional $10 raised will go toward building more bridges and boardwalks on the trail.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
Portland Trails connects local residents to the great outdoors with a three-part mission. It aims to create and maintain a 50-mile network of trails, engage people in trail and land stewardship, and promote outdoor recreation and human-powered transportation. On a daily basis, the organization's staff coordinates with local governments to build trails that connect natural spaces with the existing pedestrian and bicycle network. They also hold regular educational events to teach the public about health, recreational activities, and reducing the impact of transportation on the environment. Demonstrating their commitment to this mission, the office only employs one truck, which runs exclusively on biodiesel fuels.