Bay Area Backyard Collective A Huge Success

No one can resist getting outside on a sunny day in the Bay Area. The Berkeley Backyard Collective volunteers were all smiles while they worked hard to restore a hiking trail in beautiful Tilden Park. Over 100 employees from CamelBak, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Jansport, Clif Bar, REI and Ahnu Footwear, participated in the stewardship event. The group worked tirelessly, restoring a badly eroded and overgrown trail by installing and finishing drain dips, effective at diverting water off of the trail. Volunteers also pruned vegetation, improved the trail tread, and eliminated berms that would create future water issues on the trail. The Tilden trail looks 100% improved thanks to everyone's hard work!

The Conservation Alliance partnered with the California Wilderness Coalition and East Bay Regional Park District to organize the service project. After a morning of trail maintenance, the volunteers celebrated their hard work with food and drink, generously donated by New Belgium Brewing Company. Volunteers also had the opportunity to mingle with other local environmental non-profits and grantees of The Conservation Alliance. Representatives from California Wilderness Coalition, The American River Conservancy, and Friends of the Inyo shared additional opportunities to support environmental initiatives in California.

The next Backyard Collective will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 23rd.