REI TO #OPTOUTSIDE AGAIN; INVEST $1 MILLION IN RESEARCH

For the fourth year in a row, this Black Friday REI Co-op will close all 153 stores, process no online payments and pay more than 12,000 employees to #OptOutside with friends and family. REI is also pledging $1 million in support for the launch of a new center of academic excellence at the University of Washingtonthat will study the link between human health and time spent outdoors. More >>

public comment period opens for 2019 scorp

Public comment period is open for the DRAFT Colorado 2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The plan charts a course for conservation and recreation in Colorado for the next five years. It includes new studies looking at outdoor recreation management issues and participation trends, including barriers and motivations. Please review the draft plan and share your feedback by October 22nd, 2018 at Coloradoscorp.org.

2019 stewardship project applications open

Colorado land managers can submit stewardship projects to be considered for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)’s 2019 volunteer project season at voc.org/project-applications. Projects that address fire restoration needs will receive priority. More >>

4th annual uniquely colorado celebrates stewardship community

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is hosting their 4th annual Uniquely Colorado celebration on Tuesday, September 25 at the SPACE Gallery in Denver. Featuring local food, drink, giveaway packages, and public lands advocate Peter Metcalf as guest speaker. More info and tickets >>

Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Best Practices Guide

The Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition in partnership with GOCO just released their Best Practices Guide which can be found at: http://outdoorstewardship.org/guide

Colorado hauls in $28B yearly from recreation

It might be little surprise that $28 billion is spent annually in Colorado on outdoor recreation, with close to half — $12.8 billion — coming out of the pockets of out-of-state residents, according to a report recently released by the Boulder-based Outdoor Industry Association. That ranks Colorado 13th nationwide. More »

GOCO outdoor rec grants shower $900,000 on Jeffco

Some $900,000 in lottery money — in the form of five grants from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) — will help Jefferson County improve parks, playgrounds, trails and recreation areas. More »