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Tom Jewell

Tom Jewell

Protecting Portland’s Natural Resources

Tom Jewell has enjoyed the natural beauty of the Portland Peninsula ever since childhood. As a college student in 1976, he convinced the Maine Audubon to protect the land around the peninsula. His efforts resulted in the creation of the Fore River Sanctuary—an 85-acre nature preserve that is home to Jewell Falls, Portland’s only natural waterfall.

After his early success, Tom continued to be an advocate for waterfront conservation and green space. In the late eighties, Tom became a member of the Portland Shoreway Access Coalition. Along with his friends at the coalition, Tom developed the seed of an idea for a nonprofit land trust. That idea would become Portland Trails in 1991.

Tom has served on the Portland Trails board ever since, and he is known throughout Portland as the “Trails Guru.” He enjoys sharing his knowledge of the area’s trails and open space, often conducting public trail walks. His boyhood enthusiasm is evident still as he guides these groups, and his dedication has made urban adventures like these accessible to all.

To learn more about Portland Trails, go to http://www.trails.org/.