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Announcement: REI Grants $3.9 Million to Nonprofit Partners Nationwide

Piles of trash on the river banks. A fallen tree blocking your path. Thankfully hundreds of nonprofit partners nationwide are devoted to ensuring these eyesores don’t hamper your next outdoor adventure.

This year, REI is honored to grant $3.9 million to more than 260 nonprofits working to restore the places we all love to explore. Each of these leading organizations is taking care of trails, parks or waterways in their communities by rallying volunteers to give back.

See the display below for a striking visual list of our 2012 grant partners (a simple text list follows). And learn more about our commitment to the outdoors in REI’s 2011 Stewardship Report

Have you volunteered to take care of your favorite outdoor spot? Tell us about it.

Here is an alphabetical list of the recipient organizations:

Acterra - Wildlife Stewards

Alaska Center for the Environment

Alaska Geographic Association

Alaska Trails

Aldo Leopold Nature Center Inc

Alliance for Morris County Parks

Alliance For The Great Lakes

American Hiking Society

American River Conservancy

American Rivers, Inc.

American Youthworks

Amigos De Los Rios

Appalachian Mountain Club

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Arizona Trail Association

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club


Back To Natives Restoration

Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.

Bluff Lake Nature Center

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

Boston Natural Areas Network Inc

Bronx River Alliance, Inc.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership



Capitol Land Trust

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

Carolina Thread Trail

Central Oregon Trail Alliance

Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center

Channel Islands Restoration

Charles River Conservancy

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Inc

Chicago Wilderness Trust

Cibolo Nature Center

Cincinnati Parks Foundation (Cincinnati Park Board's Volunteer Stewardship Program)

City Parks Alliance

Clark Fork Coalition

Clinton River Watershed Council

Colorado Canyons Association

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative

Colorado Mountain Bike Association

Colorado Mountain Club

Colorado Plateau Mountain-Bike Trail Association, Inc.

Commonweal Conservancy, Inc

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA)

Conemaugh Valley Conservancy Inc

Connecticut Forest And Park Association Incorporated

Conservation Alliance

Conservation Corps North Bay

Cottonwood Canyons Foundation


Dan River Basin Association

Defenders of Wildlife/Friends of the Lower Calaveras

Discover Green - Young Environmental Leaders Inc.

Dunwoody Nature Center Inc


East Coast Greenway Alliance

Elachee Nature Science Center

Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association

Essex County Trail Association Inc

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance


Fairfax County Park Authority Invasive Management Area Program

Folsom Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition

For the Love of the Lake


Franklin Park Coalition

Friends of Badger Mountain

Friends of Belle Isle

Friends Of Buford Park & Mt Pisgah

Friends Of Capitol Forest

Friends of Colorado Lagoon

Friends Of Crowders Mountain Inc

Friends of Eagle River Nature Center Inc

Friends of Folsom Parkways

Friends Of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Inc

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Friends Of Hemlock Bluffs/Town of Cary

Friends of Kings Mountain State Park

Friends Of Marsh Creek Watershed

Friends of Maybury State Park

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Friends of Panthertown, Inc.

Friends of Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway, Inc. (FPVHG)

Friends Of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Inc

Friends Of Radnor Lake

Friends of Red Rock Canyon

Friends Of The Blue Hills Charitable Trust

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed

Friends of the Centennial Trail

Friends of the Chicago River

Friends Of The Forest Preserves

Friends of the Minnesota Conservation Corps

Friends of the Minnesota Valley

Friends of the Mississippi River

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Inc

Friends Of The Rappahannock Inc

Friends of the Riverfront

Friends of the Wissahickon

Friends of Trees

Friends Of Trees, Eugene Chapter


Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Gateway Off-Road Cyclists

Golden Gate Audubon Society Inc

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Grand Mesa Nordic Council

Great River Greening

Greater Greenville Parks Foundation

Greater Metro Parks Foundation

Groundwork Dallas, Inc.

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy Inc


Hackensack Riverkeeper

Hamilton County Parks Foundation (Hamilton County Park District's Volunteer Stewardship Program)

HandsOn Greater Phoenix

High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew

Hill Country Conservancy Inc

Hoosier Mountain Bike Association

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Howard County Conservancy

Huron River Watershed Council

Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation


I Love a Clean San Diego

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Idaho Trails Association

Inland Empire Chapter of Backcountry Horseman Washington (Riverside State  Park Foundation)

International Mountain Bicycling Association


Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

James River Association

Johnson Creek Watershed Association


Keep Austin Beautiful Inc

Kemotrail Corps Inc

Knox Parks Foundation Inc


Laguna Canyon Foundation


Larimer County Youth Conservation Corps- Larimer County Foundation

Leave No Trace

Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership


Mcdowell Sonoran Land Conservancy

Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, Inc.

Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts

Middle Green River Coalition

Montana Conservation Corps

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust


National Aquarium in Baltimore

National Audubon Society Inc

National Audubon Society Inc dba Audubon Arizona


New England Mountain Bike Association

New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Inc

North Cascades Institute

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Inc

Norwalk River Watershed Association Inc.


Oars Inc

Oregon Natural Desert Association Inc

Outside Las Vegas Foundation

Ozark Trail Association


Pa Cleanways

Pa Cleanways Of Allegheny County, Inc.

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

PARC Foundation

Parks and People Foundation For Baltimore Recreation and Parks

Partners for Parks Inc.

Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation

People For Puget Sound

Pinelands Preservation Alliance Inc

Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group

Portland Audubon Society

Portola And Castle Rock Foundation

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Inc

Potomac Conservancy

Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition

Prospect Park Alliance


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Regional Parks Foundation

Riverside Park Fund Inc

Rock Creek Conservancy

Rocky Mountain Field Institute

Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association


Saddler's Woods Conservation Association

Saint Paul Parks Conservancy

San Antonio Parks Foundation (City of San Antonio's Parks and Rec. Dept.)

San Antonio River Foundation (Basura Bash)

San Bernardino National Forest Association

San Diego Mountain Biking Association

San Diego River Park Foundation

San Dieguito River Valley Land Conservancy

San Francisco Parks Alliance

San Francisco Parks Trust

San Gabriel Mountain Trailbuilders

San Gorgonio Wilderness Association

San Joaquin Parkway & Conservation Trust

San Mateo County Parks And Recreation Foundation

Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership Inc

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers

Santa Fe Fat Tire Society

Save Mount Diablo

Save Our Shores

Save The Bay, Inc.

Seattle Parks Foundation

Seatuck Environmental Assn Inc

Share Mountain Bike Club

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation

Sonoma County Trails Council

SORBA Middle Tennessee Chapter

Sound Salmon Solutions

Southeastern Climbers Coalition Inc.

Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association

Southwest Conservation Corps

Southwest Nordic Ski Club

Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association

Spokane Parks Foundation (Spokane Parks and Recreation)

St. Louis Audubon Society

Sudbury Valley Trustees Inc


Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Tapteal Greenway Association

Tarheel Trailblazers

Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

The Access Fund

The Bicycle Trails of the East Bay

The Colorado Trail Foundation

The Greenway Foundation

The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley

The Morton Arboretum

The Nature Conservancy of Nevada

The Nature Consortium

The Park People

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance

The Watershed Project

The Wildlands Conservancy

Trails and Open Space Coalition

Treepeople Inc

Trees Across Raleigh


Triangle Rails-To-Trails Conservancy

Tualatin Riverkeepers


Umstead Coalition

University Corporation at Monterey Bay on behalf of the Return of the Natives Restoration Education Program

University of North Texas Foundation - Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

University of Utah - Lowell Bennion Community Service Center

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Urban Ecology Center Inc


Volunteers for Outdoor California


Washington Trails Association

Washington Water Trails Association

Watsonville Wetlands Watch

Western North Carolina Alliance

Whatcom Land Trust

Whimps Mountain Bike Coalition


Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Willamette Riverkeeper

Winter Wildlands Alliance Inc

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Inc


Yadkin Riverkeeper Inc

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Good work on this one guys, gonna throw it up on my twitter feed too.

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