Bend, OR, October 3, 2019—The Conservation Alliance held its 12th annual Backyard Collective event in Boulder, Colorado on Friday, September 27. The stewardship project drew 100 volunteers from 10 member companies, four conservation partners, and two local non-profits.
The volunteers worked in collaboration with the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) and Boulder Parks & Rec to clean up the Foothills Community Park in Boulder. The volunteers worked with Boulder OSMP on a ditch repair project and cleared 400 yards of organic debris and maintained and restored a trail near Foothills Community Park.The volunteers also worked with Boulder Parks & Rec to build a 40-foot trail, cleared and weeded a 100-square-foot garden bed, removed two truck loads of weeds and collected five large 40-gallon garbage bags of invasive thistle seed.
Conservation Alliance member companies Backpacker’s Pantry, Exxel Outdoors, Fjällräven, Kelty, La Sportiva, Nite Ize, Outdoor Industry Association, Sierra Designs, Ultimate Direction, and Verde Brand Communications participated in the event. Buff, CLIF Bar, Deschutes Brewery, and Osprey donated gear, beer and energy bars.
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 the opportunity to work together on local stewardship projects while learning more about organizations that receive funding from the group.
Conservation Alliance grantees joined in a grantee fair to share current information and calls-to-action related to their programs. Grantees included American Whitewater, Crested Butte Land Trust, Conservation Colorado, The Wilderness Society, and local non-profit partners City of Boulder’s OSMP and Parks & Rec.
“We’ve got a wonderful community of member companies in the Boulder area, and they came out in force for the Backyard Collective,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “Our members and grantees worked hard and had a big impact in a short amount of time, but most important, they spent time working together outside.”
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 $22 million, helped to protect more than 51 million acres of wildlands; protect 3,107 miles of rivers; stop or remove 34 dams; designate five marine reserves, and purchase 14 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see conservationalliance.com.
Backyard Collective Outreach Coordinator