The Conservation Alliance Heads East for Backyard Collective in N.H.

On Tuesday, September 18, The Conservation Alliance and member companies NEMO Equipment, Vibram, ECCO, and Polartec will be working together on a variety of work projects in Peterborough, N.H., organized by event host Eastern Mountain Sports.
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Peterborough, N.H. (September 17, 2012) — On Tuesday, September 18, The Conservation Alliance and member companies NEMO Equipment, Vibram, ECCO, and Polartec will be working together on a variety of work projects in Peterborough, N.H., organized by event host Eastern Mountain Sports.

This Backyard Collective service day provides Conservation Alliance member companies' employees in New England an opportunity to take action in local stewardship projects and to get their hands dirty for the sake of conservation. Volunteers will be working on projects in partnership with a number of organizations, including: the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, New Hampshire State Parks, Harris Center for Conservation Education, Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center, Peterborough Rotary Club and the Monadnock Conservancy.

“We are thrilled to join Eastern Mountain Sports and our member companies in New England for this event in Peterborough,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “It has been an incredibly successful Backyard Collective season, and we so appreciate the time and efforts of all of the volunteers.”

The Backyard Collective will take place September 18, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Following the volunteer effort, Eastern Mountain Sports will host an after party for all participants, celebrating a day of hard work and the retailer's 45th anniversary. The event also features a volunteer fair at which Conservation Alliance grantees and local environmental organizations will share information on their current conservation initiatives.

“I'm thrilled that Eastern Mountain Sports is able to celebrate our 45th anniversary in conjunction with The Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective,” said Will Manzer, CEO, Eastern Mountain Sports. “This annual event continues to grow and provides an opportunity for EMS, Conservation Alliance members, grantees, and local brand partners to come together for a fun and productive day of giving back to the outdoors.”

The eighth and final Backyard Collective will be held in Bend, Ore. This event had to be rescheduled due to wildfires.

For more information about this event please contact coordinator, Cassondra Schindler at cassondra@conservationalliance.com or call 541.222.9380.

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 $10.4 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 29 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,700 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.

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