The La Sportiva crew was happy to pitch in and keep Dedisse Park Colorado clean, safe, and accessible...
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La Sportiva North America offers their employees multiple opportunities throughout the year to engage in environmental advocacy through sponsored events such as Bike To Work Day, Adopt-A-Road Day, and Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective Days.
This fall, La Sportiva teamed up with the Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers to work on a trail-building project at Dedisse Park in Evergreen, Colorado. For those who haven’t heard, the Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective is an event series that connects member businesses to local grantees for a day of environmental action. La Sportiva has been a proud sponsor and member of the Conservation Alliance for several, terrific years! Chipping in for their 9th year of Colorado trail work was just another great excuse for us to express our stoke for the outdoors and to support further grassroot, environmental activism initiatives around the state of Colorado.
The project in Dedisse Park provided the opportunity for La Sportiva staff to work alongside employees from seven other outdoor companies including Outdoor Industry Association, Sea to Summit, Backpacker’s Pantry, Osprey Packs, Nite Ize, Verde Brand Communications, and Kelty/Exxel Outdoors. We spent six hours of manual labor on the trail and by the end of the day, had built 400 feet of new trail, closed 100 feet of eroded trail, built 50 feet of rock wall along the trail, removed 600 feet of barbed wire fence waste, and built up a climbing turn with an adjacent closure.
It may have been a long and strenuous day, but as avid hikers, mountain bikers and passionate outdoorsmen (and women), the La Sportiva crew was more than happy to pitch in and do some good in our own backyard to keep Dedisse Park clean, safe, and accessible. Through environmental action days and our partnership with the Conservation Alliance, La Sportiva aims to protect and preserve the wild places vital to our business and our customers. Next year, La Sportiva looks forward to celebrating the Backyard Collective’s 10th anniversary in Colorado with continued partnership and more trail days in 2017!
The La Sportiva trail crew heads out to get their hands dirty and build up Dedisee Park trails.
La Sportiva North America staff member Ryan Ward builds rock walls along the trail at the Conservation Alliance Backyard Collective trail work sustainability day at Dedisee Park in Evergreen, Colorado.
La Sportiva North America President Jonathan Lantz puts some elbow grease into shoveling while repairing a trail.
La Sportiva North America staff member Hillary Sugg levels out the trail.
The La Sportiva crew was happy to contribute to another successful Backyard Collective trail work day.
"Thank you so much for pulling together truly one of the best service project days we had this year. What an impact your wonderful folks made at Dedisse. Hooray Conservation Alliance!"
- Linda Lee, Event Organizer, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
- Bob Finch, Director of Natural Resources, Denver County Department of Parks and Recreation
Words: Sofia Cortopassi | Photos: Jarrod Weaton and Andrew Mills