The Conservation Alliance Boulder Backyard Collective The Best Yet

Hundreds of volunteers give Eldorado Canyon State Park a clean up
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Boulder, Colo. — The Conservation Alliance hosted their third annual Boulder Backyard Collective in Colorado on Friday, August 26th. In partnership with the Colorado Mountain Club, Eldorado Canyon State Park, and Conservation Alliance member companies, the Backyard Collective volunteers worked tirelessly on trail maintenance and habitat restoration in Eldorado Canyon State Park.

“This is the largest showing yet for a Boulder Backyard Collective, and we are thankful to all our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their incredible enthusiasm and commitment to support our mission,” said Deanna Lloyd, Outreach Associate for the Conservation Alliance.

The Conservation Alliance would like to thank its sponsoring companies including: Osprey Packs, American Recreation Products, Inc., Backpacker's Pantry, Outdoor Industry Association, Leisure Trends Group, La Sportiva, SCARPA, and Nite Ize. A variety of companies including Verde PR & Consulting, Great Plain Mountain Stuff, Sea to Summit, IMBA and Burt's Bees also sent volunteers to join the cleanup effort.

More than 100 volunteers came out for the day. Not only did they work hard but they celebrated their efforts by enjoying a catered lunch from Whole Foods and refreshments generously donated by New Belgium brewing company, also a sponsor of the event. The volunteers wrapped the day by participating in the Grantee Fair, where Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Environmental Coalition, and The Access Fund shared additional ways these volunteers could support local environmental efforts.

The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. The Alliance launched the Backyard Collective Program in January 2009 to connect individuals in the outdoor industry with the work of organizations that receive financial support from the group. The Backyard Collective moves that action to the field, and gives people a venue to get their “hands dirty” for the sake of conservation.

The next Backyard Collective will take place in New Hampshire on September 13th.

For more information about this, or upcoming events, please contact coordinator, Deanna Lloyd at deanna@conservationalliance.com or (530) 344-0100.

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 more than $9.5 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 50.5 million acres of wildlands; 28 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 18,500 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.
For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see www.conservationalliance.com.

About the Colorado Mountain Club (www.cmc.org)
The Colorado Mountain Club is the premier outdoor conservation, education, and recreation organization in Colorado. Founded in 1912, CMC reaches an annual constituency of over 40,000 citizens, including 5,000 youth, providing a comprehensive and diverse range of programs and activities. Programs revolve around education, conservation, science, history, policy, recreation, arts and culture. CMC offers a wide range of opportunities for the public to explore, observe, and learn about the Southern Rockies, while simultaneously leading efforts to protect the species, habitats, and wildness of our public lands.

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