Boulder, Colo. — ConservationNEXT, a program of the Conservation Alliance, held a hugely successful Backyard Collective service event in Eldorado Canyon State Park on Friday, August 21.
In partnership with the Colorado Mountain Club and ConservationNEXT, over 100 volunteers donated their time and effort to restore Eldorado’s hiking and climbing access trails, including work to install railroad tie/rebar steps, construct rock steps, and remove invasive plant species that entrenched the area.
The sixth Backyard Collective was well timed due to budget cuts that hindered the state government’s plans to hire a trail crew to restore Eldorado’s trails.
Having completed five other Backyard Collectives at recreational and national parks across the country, ConservationNEXT saw the state government’s budgetary crisis as an excellent opportunity to aid the Colorado Parks System.
The Backyard Collective brought together Colorado-based members of the outdoor industry to volunteer for a good cause. The day ended with a celebration that included a volunteer fair that exposed volunteers to other local non-profit groups to learn how to get more involved in their community.
Special guests included Colorado State Parks Director Dean Winstanley and Colorado Senator Shawn Mitchell, who came out to help oversee the operations and thank the volunteers for their hard work.
Colorado-based members of the outdoor industry that sponsored and contributed restorative work include: Osprey Packs, Kelty, Sierra Designs, GoLite, La Sportiva, Backpacker's Pantry, Verde PR & Consulting, Outdoor Industry Association, Teko Socks, Burt’s Bees, and The North Face.
Special thanks go out to the amazing organization efforts of the Colorado Mountain Club, as well as the other grantees: Colorado Environmental Coalition, Colorado Wild, The Wilderness Support Center, and The Access Fund.
With all the help of these organizations, companies and individual volunteers the project covered a lot of ground and completely revitalized the park.
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 role in protecting rivers, trails, wild lands 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 more than
$7 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 39 million acres of wild lands; 27 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 16,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas. For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, visit www.conservationalliance.com.