Maine trails need at least $5.2 million to repair damages sustained during extreme rain and windstorms in 2023 and earlier this year, a new survey from the Maine Trails Coalition shows.

β€œThe inundation of water all across the state affected trail heads, bridges, access roads and washed out trails, especially in northern and western Maine,” Silvia Cassano, media contact for the coalition, said Thursday.

The coalition surveyed 44 municipalities, community groups, non-profits, land trusts, snowmobile clubs, mountain bike clubs and public land managers.

Cassano said the $5.2 million estimate is likely low, given that many trail managers have not yet had a chance to get out to survey damage this year.

The group is behind an effort to encourage state lawmakers to send a $30 million trails bond to voters in November, which would provide grants to groups and towns to support recreational trails.

The Appropriations Committee is expected to decide next week whether to advance any bonds to the full Legislature for consideration.

The bulk of the damage reported in the surveys β€” $4 million β€” comes from ATV and snowmobile clubs devastated by storms last May and again in December.

Trails nearer to the coast were damaged in January, when two rain and windstorms combined with high tides.

And on Sunday, another coastal storm added to the damage of the Eastern Trail at the Scarborough Marsh, according to the group.

In addition, the Downeast Sunrise Trail, in Hancock and Washington counties, sustained an estimated $530,000 in damages.