Commentary: Portland-area land trusts working together to expand open space

We need you to connect with and support us as we provide the escape in nature that so many have enjoyed in recent weeks.

| Alan Stearns and Rachelle Curran Apse, Special to the Press Herald |

This past week, young families hiked together to a waterfall in New Gloucester. Millennial paddlers explored an island off Cumberland. A mountain-biking couple discovered new destinations in North Yarmouth. A grandfather with his granddaughter went fishing along a river in Standish. Accessible trails hosted veterans in Scarborough. Trillium appeared on the forest floor in Freeport. Fiddleheads sprouted in Gorham. An emergency room doctor took her evening run in Yarmouth. Farming families planted seeds and tended lambs and calves on conserved farms across the Portland area.

We are working harder than ever to provide safe, beautiful places for the Portland-area community to connect to nature in the outdoors. As nonprofit land trusts supported by individuals throughout the region, we have passion for clean water, local farms, fields and forests, and trails that are free and open to everyone. Keep reading in the Press Herald

NGX eds’ note: Alan Stearns is executive director of the Royal River Conservation Trust. Its trails in New Gloucester include Big Falls Preserve, the Intervale Preserve, and Pisgah Hill Preserve.

Cairns and boulders share the path in Big Falls Preserve | Photo: Julie Fralich