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The Conservation Alliance to Hold Next Backyard Collective in Seattle: The Backyard Collective represents hands-on conservation action

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Seattle, Wash. (July 8, 2013)The Conservation Alliance will hold its fifth Backyard Collective event of 2013 on Friday, July 12 in Seattle. The Conservation Alliance and employees from member companies – Brooks Sports, Moving Comfort, Nikwax,Filson, Patagonia, Teva,Outdoor Research, Cascade Designs, DA Davidson, David Egan & Associates, The North Face, and Stanley, a brand of PMI – will partner with Forterra and the Green Seattle Partnership to improve trails, creating a path thorough the West Duwamish Greenbelt.

West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest greenbelt in the city and is home to fox, red-legged frogs, hawks, and bald eagles. It is also serves an important role in providing urban residents with opportunities for recreation in nature, close to home. 

“We look forward to staging a Backyard Collective in Seattle for the fifth straight year,” said Conservation Alliance Executive Director John Sterling. “We’ve got a great group of member companies in Seattle, always ready to get their hands dirty for a good cause.”

The Seattle Backyard Collective takes place Friday, July 12, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Volunteers will come together to complete switchbacks, work on trailside restoration, grading and resurfacing trails. The volunteer effort will be followed up by a volunteer fair at which Conservation Alliance grantees and local environmental organizations will share information on their current conservation initiatives and discuss ways for individuals to get involved.

Upcoming Backyard Collective events of 2013 will take place in the following cities: Portland, Ore. (August 21), Boston, Mass. (September 25), and Boulder, Colo. (October 4). This is the fifth year of Backyard Collectives for the Conservation Alliance and its members, grantees and partners.

For more information about this event, please contact outreach coordinator Cassondra Schindler at or call 541.222.9380.

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 $11.9 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 41 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,700 miles of rivers; stop or remove 25 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase nine climbing areas.

For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see:

About Forterra

Forterra’s mission is to act with immediacy to protect, enhance and steward our region’s most precious resources—its communities and its landscapes. Filling a unique niche as the largest conservation and community building organization in Washington State, we are working to build the foundations for our sustainable environmental and economic futures in the face of a rapidly growing population. For over 20 years, Forterra has led efforts to conserve more than 173,000 acres of forests, farms, shorelines, parks and natural areas and restore critical landscapes.

The forest restoration project at the West Duwamish Greenbelt is in coordination with and supported by the City of Seattle. The Green Seattle Partnership is a public private venture between the City of Seattle, Forterra and its residents, dedicated to restoring 2500 acres of forested parkland by 2025.