Portland Trails plans to use a new $100,000 grant from the Old Bug Light Foundation to enhance its fundraising and community-building efforts, grow its endowment and buy a mower.

The Portland-based family foundation awarded the grant over three years, the land trust announced Monday.

“The decision to award the grant to Portland Trails was based on our respect for the work that the organization has done in creating public trails throughout the city that contribute significantly to the quality of life for so many people in the Portland community,” Chris Moore, a foundation trustee, said in a press release.

Portland Trails maintains 70 miles of trails and has conserved more than 100 acres of land in its 23-year history. The grant is the largest that the non-profit organization has received from a foundation in Maine, said Kara Wooldrik, executive director of Portland Trails.

“We are honored that the Old Bug Light Foundation has so much confidence in use that they are making a large investment in our future,” Wooldrik said.

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