by Laura Newman, School Ground Greening Coalition “I love putting my feet in the soil…it makes me feel closer to the Earth.” -Dyer Elementary student. For the School Ground Greening Coalition, Nature Play is not just a buzzword. Outdoors, in natural settings, children learn important lessons about risk, resilience, and self-sufficiency, and develop a sense…Details
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…Details
People powered commuting gets locals from here to there with lots of benefits along the way. by Tom Tero According to city-data.com, over 30,000 people commute into Portland every weekday, a number that has grown significantly in the last two decades. As the pie chart from the same site shows, the vast majority of commuters are…Details
by Katie Irish Collins Stewardship Coordinator, Daniel Bishop is quoted in the article surveying a number of land trusts in the state about recent ruling to ban sale of 33 invasive plant species. Daniel Bishop, the stewardship and trail volunteer coordinator for Portland Trails, said, “Controlling invasives is a long term and very laborious…Details
GORP: A Party to Support Portland Trails is our annual summer fundraiser, held on June 22 this year. A throwback to simpler times, GORP celebrates the delight of getting outdoors and enjoying friends, food, and drink on the trails and around the campfire. Now in its fourth year, GORP is not your average cocktail party. This…Details
Why Mainers hit the roading running by Dr. Lisa Belisle, January 2017 Most road races start early in the morning, and the Trail to Ale 10K is no exception. The sky is gray and a light mist clings to the crowd gathering on Portland’s Eastern Promenade. Several runners sprint over from the porta- potties,…Details
By Carey Kish, December 18, 2016 Maps of all kinds litter my office space, offering ample distraction whenever my concentration on the task at hand starts to wane. A certified geography geek, I can easily spend hours lost in far off thoughts while scanning a map’s highway numbers, trail routes, mountain and river names and…Details
About 450 merry runners did the Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K on Dec. 11, a brisk run followed by beer and brunch at RiRa’s. Four local breweries–Shipyard, Maine Beer Company, Allagash, and Rising Tide–donated brews for the post-race party. The Holiday Dash is a fundraiser for Portland Trails.
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Skip the slopes, hit the trails! by Tom Tero, Newsletter editor. THE SNOW WAS DEEP, powdery and perfect as I skied onto the Presumpscot River Preserve two winters ago. Starting at Oat Nuts Park at Summit Street, I cruised down to the river on trails packed down by snowshoers and hikers. Because the snow was…Details
About 1,500 runners compete in the Trail to Ale 10K, and 1,000 take part in Hands Around the Cove. The Back Cove trail in Portland hosted two major charity events Sunday that attracted thousands despite a rainy morning. At 9 a.m., 1,500 runners raced around Back Cove in the Trail to Ale 10K, which benefited…Details