Portland Companies Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service


On the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, 400 employees from Portland-based Conservation Alliance member companies and grantees gathered for the 8th Annual Portland Backyard Collective.  Almost 1000 volunteer hours were spent improving trails in Forest Park, removing invasive species and cleaning up local parks.

This was our biggest Backyard Collective event yet! We’re proud to see our community doing good work to preserve and protect the open spaces in our own backyard.  Thank you to the following member companies and non-profit partners for making it possible: Columbia Sportswear; Leatherman; Yakima Racks; Nau; Outdoor Project; Uncage the Soul Productions; KEEN; Notogroup Executive Search; Brook Hopper Consulting; The North Face; Outdoor Industry Association; Forest Park Conservancy; Wild Salmon Center; American Rivers; Western Rivers Conservancy; WaterWatch of Oregon; Oregon Wild; 1% for the Planet, and Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

A special thanks to our newest member company, Uncage the Soul, for snapping the 100th anniversary photo.


Seattle Backyard Collective


92 volunteers from REI, Filson, Stanley, Brooks, Nikwax, Perpetual Motion NW and Cascade Designs particpated in our 9th Annual Seattle BAckyard Collective earlier this month.  Employees from these Conservation Alliance member companies removed 15,373 square feet of invasive species to prepare a new area for planting, spread over 1,800 square feet of mulch and improved half an acre of forest.

A special thank you to Andrea Mojzak and her team at Forterra for organizing the volunteers.  Also, thank you to Rick Meade of Nikwax who donated his time and energy to photographing the event.

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