ConservationNEXT’s Backyard Collective Returns to the Northwest

September 10 event expects over 250 volunteers
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Bend, Ore. — ConservationNEXT, a program of The Conservation Alliance, will organize its next, and largest to date, Backyard Collective Friday, September 10th, in Portland, Ore. The event is teaming up with Forest Park Conservancy and Johnson Creek Watershed Council to organize a mix of trail maintenance and habitat restoration in Forest Park, Johnson Creek, Crystal Springs and Sellwood Park. This marks the fifth Backyard Collective for the organization this year, including previous visits to Seattle, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco, and Denver.

The event will begin on Friday, Sept. 10 at 9:00 a.m., and volunteers are recommended to wear durable footwear and bring rain gear, if necessary. Volunteers will be provided snacks from sponsor's Clif Bar and Bare Naked Granola, as well as a catered lunch from the Elephants Deli, followed by the work session at 1:00 p.m.

Over 250 volunteers are expected to be present with employee representatives from sponsoring companies including: Columbia, Keen, The North face, Nau, Horny Toad, Moonfoto, Undersolen media, and REI. Other sponsors will include: Stanley, a brand of PMI, Teva, Bare Naked Granola, Clif Bar, and Patagonia. Oregon Wild, Save Our Wild Salmon, WaterWatch, and American Rivers are all Conservation Alliance grantees that will also be present and onsite.

Volunteers will be organized into groups and work on trail maintenance such as trash removal and stonewall installation on various needed switchbacks. Another key mission for the day will be to work on habitat restoration including the removal of invasive plant species, and putting in a split-rail fence.

"Thanks again to all who have signed up for the biggest Backyard Collective
Event to date,” said Columbia's global corporate relations manager, Scott Welch. “We appreciate your dedication to the Greater Outdoors. Due to the incredible turnout, we have had to expand the project to three separate worksites."
The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that fund conservation organizations. The Alliance launched ConservationNEXT in August 2008 to connect individuals in the outdoor industry with the work of organizations that receive financial support from the group. ConservationNEXT.com provides people with opportunities to take online action in support of conservation. The Backyard Collective moves that action to the field, and gives people a venue to get their “hands dirty” for the sake of conservation.
About the Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed $8.3 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 49.5 million acres of wildlands; 27 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 17,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see www.conservationalliance.com.
About The ConservationNEXT Backyard Collectives
ConservationNEXT, a program of The Conservation Alliance, announced the launch of the Backyard Collective in 2008. The initiatives goal is to connect individuals in the outdoor industry with the work of organizations that receive financial support from the Alliance through the online forum, www.ConservationNEXT.com. This initiative provides people with opportunities to take online action in support of conservation. The Backyard Collective moves that action to the field, and gives people a venue to get involved at the grassroots level and help further the conservation efforts within their communities.
In 2009, The Conservation Alliance hosted seven Backyard Collectives with their 22 participating grantees, 34 participating member companies, and more than 400 volunteers. These seven events allowed the volunteers to help clean up their communities' recreational areas by removing trash, eradicating invasive species, restoring and building trails and re-planting marsh lands. Learn more about these initiatives by visiting www.ConservationNEXT.com and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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