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The Conservation Alliance membership elected Adam Chamberlain, Director of Marketing for Black Diamond Equipment, and Gareth Martins, Director of Marketing for Osprey Packs to serve on the Alliance board of directors.
Both Martins and Chamberlain bring a deep commitment to conservation to their new board roles. Martins has guided Osprey’s regular participation in conservation efforts, and has played a key role in integrating sustainability into the company’s culture and ethic.
â€œI am thrilled to have been chosen to serve alongside the outstanding individuals that make up the Conservation Alliance board,â€ said Martins. â€œI am eager to learn and work on behalf of the incredible organizations the Alliance funds.â€
Chamberlain, prior to his roles at Patagonia and now at Black Diamond, spent several months surveying Nevada’s public lands for potential new wilderness areas. This effort contributed to the permanent protection of the Black Rock Desert in 2001.
“Fire. The Wheel. Tang. The Conservation Alliance. Through innovative leadership that marshals the best conservation instincts of the outdoor industry, the Alliance has built tremendous momentum and a track record of partnership in the safeguarding of wild places,â€ said Chamberlain. â€œ I am stoked to have the opportunity to add my energy and enthusiasm to the Board’s efforts.â€
â€œWe are excited to have such great additions to the Alliance board,â€ said John Sterling, Conservation Alliance executive director. â€œGareth and Adam bring great passion and experience that will help guide our efforts to protect our last wild places.â€
A record eight people ran for the two open board seats.
â€œIt’s an honor to have such strong interest in board service,â€ said Sterling. â€œIt shows that conservation is an important priority for our industry.â€
Chamberlain and Martins will fill the seats vacated by outgoing directors Dave Knutson (Chaco) and Gary Smith (Timberland).
â€œDave and Gary made enormous contributions to The Conservation Alliance during a time of spectacular growth and evolution,â€ said Sterling. â€œAdam and Gareth have big shoes to fill!â€
Chamberlain and Martins’ two-year terms begin in August.
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 more than $6.5 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 38 million acres of wildlands; 26 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 16,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.
For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see www.conservationalliance.com