Favorites on Friday: New Hampshire receives a big, Backyard Collective hug

More than 100 volunteers from Eastern Mountain Sports, NEMO Equipment, Polartec, Vibram and ECCO came together for a variety of stewardship projects across the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire last Tuesday. 

This year’s Northeast Backyard Collective also marked a special celebration for our hosts at Eastern Mountain Sports as they celebrated their 45th anniversary.

Beth Marchand, Marketing Manager at EMS, was integral in planning the day’s activities, working with Miller State Park, Greenfield State Park, The Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Monadnock Conservancy, the Harris Center for Conservation Education as well as a number of EMS employees who selected some of their favorite waterway and bike paths for improvements.


Volunteers worked in a number of small groups participating in a number of activities ranging from invasive plant removal, path and waterway cleanup, picnic table repair, trail construction, clearing and other improvements.

Falling rain did not dampen our day, not one iota. Teams worked together to achieve the day’s objectives with skill and good cheer.


Following a successful workday, volunteers gathered at EMS Base Camp for lunch, conversation and a Volunteer Fair.  Joining us were representatives from Monadnock Conservancy, The Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Trust for Public Land, Northeast Wilderness Trust and Forest Society, and New Hampshire State Parks on hand to discuss additional ways to support local conservation initiatives.

Many thanks to everyone who came out for an extraordinary day of volunteer effort!

Our final event of the Backyard Collective season is planned for October 9th in Bend, Oregon.