Santa Barbara Backyard Collective Kicks off the 2011 Season of Events


Heavy wind and light rain did not slow down volunteers from Deckers, Horny Toad and Patagonia from getting out and cleaning up their backyard. On April 7th, more than 100 employees from Conservation Alliance member companies came out in force to clean up the Los Padres National Forest and the Arroyo Burro recreation site.

The Los Padres National Forest is a 200 million acre landscape that stretches from the Big Sur Coast in Monterey County to the western edge of Los Angeles. The Los Padres Forest Watch, a recent grantee of The Conservation Alliance, helped to organize the clean up.

“The Los Padres National Forest is one of our community’s greatest treasures, providing wildlife habitat, clean water, and endless outdoor opportunities for fun,” says Suzanne Feldman, conservation coordinator for Los Padres Forest Watch.  “We’re grateful to be partnering with The Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective Program in a day of giving back to the forest; these are public lands and we all have the responsibility to make the national forest a better place for everyone.”

The day concluded with a celebratory lunch complete with refreshments from New Belgium Brewing Company and a Volunteer Fair highlighting the efforts of local environmental organizations.

The next Backyard Collective is set for May 6th in Tilden Park in Berkeley California.