Back in August I announced our membership in 1% For the Planet. I also promised to update you on exactly where Trailspace’s 1% goes. First up is our own local land trust, the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance. Dave and I have been members of and volunteers with BRCA for several years and it seemed fitting to make Trailspace’s first 1% donation to a local environmental organization (remember that axiom, “think globally, act locally”?).
Since its 1988 inception, BRCA has protected 1,000 acres in central Maine through land acquisition and conservation easements. It also spearheaded a project to protect 5,600 acres (so far), which contain the county’s highest peaks, miles of pristine streams, several wetlands, and five undeveloped ponds. This Kennebec Highlands area (which I can see in autumn colors from my front window) has miles of trails on which our family regularly runs, hikes, mountain bikes, and cross-country skis. BRCA is also working to protect the threatened water quality of the seven lakes in the Belgrade Lakes watershed.
So what are the environmental threats in your town? Sprawl, habitat and wildlife loss, deteriorating water and air quality? And who, if anyone, is fighting those threats? To find regional, statewide, and national land trusts at work in your area visit the Land Trust Alliance online.
And while acting locally is a great start, we’ll be extending further 1% donations to other local, national, and international environmental organizations. So stay tuned.