Partners with Boulder Parks & Open Space for the Final Backyard Collective of 2013

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Boulder, Colo. (October 2, 2013) — On Friday, October 4, the Conservation Alliance along with Colorado-based member companies and grantees will work together to help clean up and improve Boulder parks in the aftermath of the historic September flooding that forced the closure of 119 miles of trail system.

The Boulder Backyard Collective will bring together employees from Conservation Alliance member companies Osprey, Nite Ize, Backpacker’s Pantry, Outdoor Industry Association, La Sportiva, Verde PR and Sea To Summit as well as the organization’s grantees, including the Access Fund, Conservation Colorado and IMBA.

Organized in partnership with Boulder County Parks & Open Space and Colorado Mountain Club, the Boulder Backyard Collective will take place at Walden Ponds Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers will work on a variety of tasks with the goal of ensuring smooth flow through creeks, streams, and ditches.

“In the wake of historic floods, we are pleased that our Backyard Collective event can bring our members together for a day of stewardship that will help restore some of the damage caused by the rains,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “These events are all about coming together around a common value.”

This event in Boulder marks the final Backyard Collective of the 2013 season. Concluding its fifth year, the Backyard Collective events provide opportunities for employees at Conservation Alliance member companies to volunteer and get involved in hands-on conservation efforts while connecting with grant recipients and non-profit organizations focused on environmental issues.

The Boulder Backyard Collective will begin at 8:30 a.m, on October 4, 2013. Following completion of cleanup and restoration activities, volunteers will be served a catered lunch from Dish Gourmet and participate a volunteer fair at which Conservation Alliance grantees and local environmental organizations will share information on their current conservation initiatives.

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 close to 12 million to grassroots conservation groups throughout North America. Alliance funding has helped save more than 42 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,748 miles of rivers; stop or remove 25 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase nine climbing areas.

For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see: www.conservationalliance.com.

About Boulder County Parks & Open Space:

The mission of Boulder County Parks & Open Space Department is to conserve the natural, cultural and agricultural resources and provide public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values.

About Colorado Mountain Club:

The Colorado Mountain Club is a 100-year-old membership organization engaging over 7,000 Coloradans statewide. We aspire to engage a robust community in the responsible enjoyment of Colorado Mountains and greater outdoor adventures; work to ensure that current and future generations have the access and ability to enjoy Colorado’s open spaces and outdoor activities; and focus on conservation, advocacy, youth and adult education, and outdoor recreation adventures.

Colorado Mountain Club engages 15 geographic groups around the state, connected by a statewide office located in Golden. To become a member today, visit:www.cmc.org.

Media Contact:
Verde PR
Julie Evans
970.259.3555
Julie@verdepr.com

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