Boulder, Colorado (October 16, 2017)
More than 80 volunteers from seven member companies participated in The Conservation Alliance’s Backyard Collective stewardship event in Boulder, Colorado on October 6.
The group worked in support of Boulder’s Wildlands Restoration Volunteers on the flood restoration project along Left Hand Creek to amend, seed and mulch two acres of land. The volunteers helped install 2,000 square feet of erosion matting and helped install 250 containerized plants. In doing so, they benefited watersheds, fish habitats and flood damage east of the mountains into Eastern Colorado.
“It’s amazing what the outdoor industry can accomplish when we band and work together,” said Eric Greene, General Manager of Kelty at Exxel Outdoors and Conservation Alliance Board Member. “We had over 80 individuals at the Boulder Backyard Collective and with every individual doing her or his part plus harnessing our collective collaborative spirit, we made a real difference in the outdoors. And the great band and donated beer at the after party sure didn’t hurt either.”
Conservation Alliance member companies Backpacker’s Pantry, Exxel Outdoors, La Sportiva, Nite Ize, Osprey Packs, Outdoor Industry Association, and Verde Brand Communications participated in the event.
The mission of The Conservation Alliance is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. The Conservation Alliance launched the Backyard Collective Program to give member company employees in the outdoor industry the opportunity to work together on a local stewardship project while learning more about organizations that receive funding from the group.
Conservation Alliance grantees joined in a Grantee Fair to share current information and call-to-action about their programs. Grantees included Access Fund, Conservation Colorado, National Wildlife Federation, and The Wilderness Society.
“We are fortunate to have a great cluster of member companies and grantees in Colorado,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “It was great to get everyone together for a day of stewardship and sharing news about conservation opportunities in the state. Conservation starts at home, and these events represent a strong commitment to preserving these companies’ backyard.”
For more information about this event, please contact Abby Becker, Backyard Collective Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Conservation Alliance
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of like-minded 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 all companies who care about protecting our most threatened wild places for habitat and outdoor recreation. Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation Alliance has contributed more than $19 million, awarded 552 grants, helped to protect more than 50 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,991 miles of rivers; stop or remove 29 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 12 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see: www.conservationalliance.com.