On Tuesday, June 25, volunteers from Conservation Alliance members and other outdoor companies will gather in Sisters for a day of collective stewardship and conservation on Whychus Creek.

In an effort to contribute to healthy stream conditions in Whychus Creek, Conservation Alliance volunteers from Ruffwear, Footzone, Stanley PMI, and Hydro Flask will work with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council to protect and restore degraded riparian areas along the creek. Volunteers will monitor water quality and restore stream conditions through a variety of activities including planting native species. Enhancing and increasing riparian vegetation will benefit fish and wildlife and increase stream shading to improve instream conditions.


“We’re eager to get our hands dirty restoring habitat on Whychus Creek,” said Serena Gordon, Program Associate at The Conservation Alliance. “Our local member companies always enjoy helping to preserve the wonderful natural places we have in Central Oregon.”


The Bend Backyard Collective takes place Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., meeting at Village Green Park in Sisters.


“Our mission at the Watershed Council is to protect and restore the rivers and streams in Central Oregon through collaborative community projects,” said Kolleen Yake, Education Director at the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. “We are committed to engaging community members of all ages in meaningful, hands-on stewardship. Our volunteers are inspired to be lifelong stream stewards when they are able to dig in the dirt and contribute to stream health with their own hands.”


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

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $11.9 million to grassroots conservation groups. Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives.