Mobile Giving Supports Stewardship at Popular Reservations
What better time to contribute to caring for the trails you love than when you are actually on them? Last fall the Forest Society launched a pilot program to encourage mobile giving in support of our first phase of trail improvements at Mt. Major. By installing new signs with a QR code linking to Paypal and our website, hikers were able to be part of the project as it happened with small dollar donations on the go — and more than 300 people joined in with donations ranging from $5 to $50.
Based on this success, this summer our stewardship staff is installing mobile giving signs at eight additional reservations across the state. In addition to an update at Mount Major, they include the Andrew Brook Forest, Creek Farm, Heald Forest, High Five/Hedgehog Mountain Forest, Madame Sherri Forest, the Merrimack River Floodplain, Monson Village, and The Rocks. Each will now have permanent signs that catch you coming and going and encourage hikers to donate to support our recreation stewardship work. We hope that those who donate will also tell us about their experiences out on the trail, join or renew as Forest Society members, and seek out other great hikes on our reservations around the state.