Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Help Us Vote For The Environment

The Conservation Alliance is a member-based group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. CA directs funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat, preferably where outdoor enthusiasts recreate.

NEMO became a member in 2010. If you think about it, it’s a no-brainer. Most everyone who works in the outdoor industry does so because he/she loves to play outside and loves the gear that makes it possible. Our customers obviously love the outdoors as well. And, as outdoor gear manufacturers, if we don’t participate in protecting our open spaces and recreational areas, there will be no need for the gear we make. So, it’s a bit about survival of business and a bit survival of clarity of mind and body.

Photo by Noll Steinweg

In 2011, the Alliance, made up of more than 175 member companies, plans to disburse $1,000,000. They’ve already paid out $500,000 this past spring and the second disbursement will take place this fall. You can see past recipients here. And here’s where you come in. Each cycle, we, as a company, vote on our top 10 grantees, compile the results and submit one vote as a company. We’d like to open it up to you this round. Below is a list of the applicants. PLEASE PRIORITIZE YOUR TOP TEN CHOICES (1=first choice, 2=second choice, 3=third choice, 4=fourth choice 5=fifth choice, 6=sixth choice, 7=seventh choice, 8=eighth choice, 9=ninth choice, 10=tenth choice):

For a slideshow with more info on each organization and what they are requesting funding for, click here.

1. Alaska Wilderness League Preserve the Reserve Campaign
2. American Rivers North Cascades Wild & Scenic Rivers Campaign
3. Appalachian Mountain Club Campaign to Protect Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness Region
4. Audubon Alaska Western Arctic Campaign
5. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Peel River Watershed Campaign
6. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Save East Fork Headwaters Campaign
7. Colorado Environmental Coalition Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign
8. Downeast Lakes Land Trust West Grand Lake Community Forest
9. Foothills Water Network Yuba and Bear River Campaigns
10. Forest Ethics Canadian Boreal Forest Campaign
11. Friends of the River California Wild Rivers Campaign
12. Idaho Conservation League Boulder-White Cloud Mountains Wilderness Campaign
13. International Mountain Bicycling Association White River National Forest Campaign
14. Klamath-Siskyou Wildlands Center Wild Rogue Campaign
15. Oregon Natural Desert Association John Day Wilderness Campaign
16. Raincoast Conservation Foundation Unspoiled Initiative
17. Rocky Mountain Wild Friends of Wolf Creek Campaign
18. Save Our Canyons Wasatch Wilderness Campaign
19. Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition Sacred Headwaters Campaign
20. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance White River & Upper Desolation Wilderness Campaign
21. Surfrider Foundation Saving Naples Campaign
22. The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Chapter Mascoma River Headwaters Conservation Project
23. Tuleyome Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Campaign
24. Upstate Forever Twelve Mile River Dam Removal Campaign
25. Ventana Wilderness Alliance Last Bend in the River Campaign
26. Wilderness Support Center San Juan Mountains Wilderness Campaign
27. Winter Wildlands Alliance Campaign to Protect Yellowstone National Park
28. Wyoming Outdoor Council Shoshone National Forest & Upper Wind River Valley Campaigns

Email your list of 10 in order to kate@nemoequipment.com. We’ll compile all of the results and submit our vote as a company with your input. Your deadline for submission is Sept. 16th. Thanks for participating.


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