KEEN Volunteers with Backyard Collective to Build Trails in Forest Park

Nearly 30 people from our office volunteered for this year’s Backyard Collective hosted by the Conservation Alliance (CA) and the Forest Park Conservancy (FPC).

The Backyard Collective provides a great way for CA member companies to volunteer together and to give back to their communities. More than 250 volunteers from CA member companies participated, including KEEN, Columbia Sportswear, Icebreaker, Merrell, Horny Toad, REI, and Egan & Associates.

We split up into teams and headed into the park to work alongside staff and volunteers from the FPC and the City of Portland’s Parks & Recreation Department. The name of the game was trail maintenance and restoration: pulling invasives, hauling rocks, shoveling gravel, digging dirt and re-sculpting the slope.  The KEEN team got a special treat! We deconstructed a walking bridge and hauled out the water-logged boards 1 mile back to the trailhead.

Kirsten and Amy (left to right) with crowbars in hand
The Backyard Collective - Deconstruction on the Wildwood Trail

Susan, Taylor and Marco (left to right) removing nails
The Backyard Collective - Deconstruction on the Wildwood Trail

Group shot of  Team Recess
The Backyard Collective - Group Picture of KEEN Employees