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    The Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective Returns to Santa Barbara

    March 20 event has more than 150 volunteers

    The Conservation Alliance kicked off its 2014 Backyard Collective season last week in Santa Barbara. On Thursday, March 20, The Conservation Alliance and local member companies teamed up with Channel Islands Restoration to organize a day of environmental stewardship activities in the San Marcos Foothills Preserve.

    More than 150 volunteers came together to work alongside other member company employees from Patagonia, Deckers OutdoorHorny Toad, and REI. Volunteers worked on the removal of invasive species and habitat restoration at two different locations in the San Marcos Foothills Preserve.

    Following the stewardship work, Conservation Alliance grantees, including Environmental Defense CenterLos Padres ForestWatch and California Wilderness Coalition, teamed up with local organizations Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper for a lunch-time volunteer fair and to present additional information to the member company employees.

    “Deckers is pleased to collaborate with our fellow outdoor companies Patagonia, Horny Toad, and REI through the Backyard Collective event,” said Mark Heintz, Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Deckers Outdoor Corporation and current board member of The Conservation Alliance. “I think we all recognize the importance of this work for future generations as well as for the simple business fact that our customers use our brands’ products in these open space and wilderness areas.”

    Gordon Seabury, CEO of Santa Barbara-based Horny Toad, stated, “We are fortunate to live, work and recreate in such a beautiful and environmentally rich place. We appreciate being part of the great cluster of Conservation Alliance member companies and local grantees. Our team always looks forward to the annual Backyard Collective as the opportunity to connect with each other, the other member companies, grassroots groups and the local environment. Working outside and getting our hands dirty in a conservation project is one of the best ways to start the day.”

    “Patagonia is excited to be partnering with other local outdoor companies, all members of the Conservation Alliance, to restore and protect local habitats,” said Hans Cole, Environmental Campaigns and Advocacy Manager at Patagonia, and Conservation Alliance board member. “This event gives us a unique opportunity to put our citizen activism beliefs into action. We’re so glad we can give employees volunteer hours to participate and give back to the community and environment.”

    The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that fund conservation organizations. The Alliance launched the Backyard Collective Program in 2008 to bring together member company employees and local grantees for a day of environmental action. These events allow us to get out of the office and get our hands dirty; doing good work to preserve and protect the open spaces in our own backyards. In addition to Santa Barbara, The Conservation Alliance will organize Backyard Collective events this year in Seattle, Bend, Portland, San Francisco, and Boulder, Colo.

    For more information about this event, please contact events coordinator Brook Hopper at [email protected], or call 805.340.5034.

    Logo courtesy The Conservation Alliance

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