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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: Create and maintain a 50-mile network of trails in Greater Portland. Engage the participation of neighborhoods, schools, and the business community in trail use and land stewardship. Make Greater Portland a model for people-powered recreation and transportation.

Geographic areas served: Greater Portland (ME)

Programs: In 2014, portland trails continued our work on building and maintaining trails, using community volunteers to do much of the work. We choose to engage local volunteers in order to foster a sense of place and ownership of local natural areas and public places. We focused on extending the stroudwater trail to smiling hill farm in westbrook. We purchased 14 acres of land on the presumpscot estuary in falmouth and we facilitated a open spaces visioning process that took place in all of portland's neighborhoods. Our school ground greening coalition worked with teachers , parents, students and other school personnel to create schoolyards that support the creative play and environmental learning of students and community members of all ages.

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Rating: 5

This is one of the best nonprofits I've ever come across, and I say that from the perspective of a former consultant to nonprofits, foundations, and associations, as well as former senior staff at the national Land Trust Alliance. I chose to be on the board of Portland Trails because it is an amazingly efficient organization, and yet is also warm, friendly, inclusive, engaging. It is super effective in creating trails for all to access and enjoy, promotes healthy lifestyles and alternatives to over-reliance on cars, and initiates and convenes partnerships and cross-sectoral collaborations with other nonprofits, neighborhood groups, local and area businesses, schools, colleges, and universities, and government -- with the net result being enhancing the quality of life for all Portlanders. I volunteer for Portland Trails because my efforts are never wasted--this is not an organization that exists to perpetuate itself; it's a community of people working toward tangible goals, showing real results, literally "on the ground." If I sound passionate about this organization, it's because I am: and with many good reasons!