Updates and upgrades for Portland Trails in 2017

by Rachael Alfond  This year, Portland Trails made big strides with community collaboration and placemaking, conservation, and active transportation projects, and made significant trail improvements and upgrades. Community Collaboration and Placemaking Portland Trails supported three mini-grants this year focused on expanding placemaking efforts and empowering neighborhoods to activate local spaces. In collaboration with the South…

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Playing and Learning in Nature

Because our Future Depends on It by Laura Newman, School Ground Greening Coalition Update: This summer, one of SGGC’s activities, “School Ground Community Design Workshop” was listed in the International School Grounds Alliance Activity Guide. You can check out the full guide here. “I love putting my feet in the soil…it makes me feel closer to…

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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…

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