The Bend Backyard Collective; Building trail in our own backyard!

October 2nd was a fine autumn day in Bend, OR and the date of the annual Bend Backyard Collective.
Employees from local member companies, Cascade Financial Strategies, Hydro Flask, Cairn, Footzone of Bend, Quickfeat and Ruff Wear worked with Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) to build the last mile of the new Catch & Release mountain bike trail, connecting Tyler’s Traverse with the Century Drive Welcome Center Trails, which when open at the end of October, will eliminate the need to ride on the road to connect these popular trail segments. While member company, Picky Bars, was unable to join us in person, they did keep us fueled on the trail. #lifepoints
We were thrilled to have representatives from local grantee organizations Oregon Natural Desert Association, Oregon Wild, and Central Oregon LandWatch give updates on their projects, and to connect with our local member companies.

Photos: Victor Ortado (cameraman extraordinaire) Thanks for capturing the day Victor!