A Mini-Grant Creates Major Change

When a trail volunteer group from Idexx met at Portland Gear Hub on August 29th, they thought they were in for an afternoon of trail work in the East Bayside neighborhood. However, instead of shovels and rakes, the volunteers were handed paint buckets, rollers, and large cardboard stencils and were asked to paint flowers on…

The Joy of Last Place

When Lydia Savage crossed the finish line at the Trail to Ale 10K this year, she was certain of one thing: she was last. Over 1,000 runners and walkers had finished before her, most of them already celebrating with pizza and beer by the time she made it to the after-party. But Lydia wasn’t disappointed…

Pretty flower or a gnarly pest?

Identifying invasive plants on the trails. by Emily Wiederkehr Rothschild and Phyllis Chinlund   THERE’S BEEN A LOT of recent buzz around invasive plants. In December, the State of Maine approved regulations to ban the commercial sale of 33 species of common invasive plants. These regulations beg the questions: What is an invasive species, and why…