Traverse City, Mich. — Simple acts to help the environment can give a financial boost to six northern Michigan non-profit organizations under a program announced today by Traverse City Tourism. The Green for Good Challenge will make a $20 donation to six environmental organizations for every person who volunteers their time to over a dozen eco-friendly projects.

“It can be as simple as picking up trash along one of the popular trails, or helping to remove invasive plants,” said Trevor Tkach (Tah-koch), President of Traverse City Tourism. “We are attempting to give real financial help to organizations that work tirelessly to protect the incredible natural resources that make region so special.”

The Green for Good Challenge is available through a free mobile passport. Participants check in to a variety of projects and volunteer their time. When they share their experiences online Traverse City Tourism will donate $20 to the non-profits, with a total donation of up to $50,000 between the groups.

“It’s a way to have double impact,” added Tkach. “Not only do volunteers help with vital projects, but their work can result in a significant financial boost. It’s a win-win.” Tkach suggested this is an opportunity for individuals, groups of friends, business groups, or volunteer support groups to help these causes. “This is an easy way for locals and visitors who love and cherish the natural resources of the region, to help give back,” Tkach said.

Participating organizations include FLOW (For the Love of Water), TART Trails, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Grand Traverse Conservation District, Friends of Betsie Valley Trail, and SEEDS.

Some of the volunteer activities include clearing trash at the Arcadia Dunes Baldy Trailhead, on the TART trail, along the Boardman Lake Loop Trail, and at the downtown Traverse City Waterfront. Other volunteer work includes removing Garlic Mustard along the Betsie Valley Trail, pulling invasive species at the Historic Barns Park, and trimming overgrown plants at the Boardman River Nature Preserve.

The activities take place at a variety of locations and are coordinated by the non-profit organizations.

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