On Thursday, April 12th, theConservation Alliance and member companies DeckersHorny Toad,PatagoniaREI and Vapur, along with Channel Islands Outfitters, will partner with Channel Islands Restoration, to remove invasive weeds and plant more than 600 native species along Atascadero and Cieneguitas creeks on the San Marcos Foothills Preserve. This event will mark the first of eight Backyard Collective Events in 2012, providing Conservation Alliance member company’s employees an opportunity to take action in support of the non-profit and to get their hands dirty for the sake of conservation.

“Our annual gathering with Conservation Alliance and local like-minded outdoor companies for the Santa Barbara Backyard Collective is a highlight for our team. This year we are looking forward to the addition of our newest community members and special guests including Vapur and Channel Islands Outfitters,” said John Sterling, executive director for The Conservation Alliance.

The Backyard Collective will take place April 12, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. An after party with refreshments and food, catered by the Goodland Kitchen, will follow the volunteer effort. The event also features a volunteer fair at which Conservation Alliance grantees and local environmental organizations will share information on their current conservation initiatives.

“It should be a terrific day of planting and restoration work at the San Marcos Foothill Preserve, and the team at Horny Toad looks forward to getting directly involved in the conservation efforts,” says Gordon Seabury, CEO of Horny Toad.

“We’re excited to get a little dirty alongside these other community organizations to enhance and restore a local area that was devastated by the fires,” said Angel Martinez, President and CEO of Deckers Outdoor Corp.

“As an outdoor company, we rely on protected public lands and healthy natural areas for our business to thrive — its good for our company and our employees to give back to the local community,” says Hans Cole, Environmental Grants Manager at Patagonia.

“The Conservation Alliance’s Backyard Collective not only directly helps with conservation initiatives in our area, but it is also a great venue to share information about our organization and ways that we can collaborate to further our efforts in conservation,” says Ken Owen from Channel Restoration Islands.

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