REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), a national outdoor retailer committed to connecting people with nature, provided nearly $67,000 in grant funding to nine nonprofit partners in the San Diego area.
Each year, REI supports community organizations that help people experience, restore and enhance the outdoors through its locally driven grants program.
Examples of the San Diego area grant-funded programs include:
San Diego Canyonlands (SDCL) -- A $10,000 grant to involve 500 local youth and adults in environmental education and volunteer stewardship programs, focused on revitalizing four urban canyons in underserved areas of San Diego.
San Diego Mountain Biking Association -- A $10,000 grant to develop volunteer programs for youth with a focus on environmental stewardship, education and outdoor activities, complementing the organization's trail-building and maintenance programs.
San Diego River Park Foundation -- A $10,000 grant to expand volunteer initiatives to protect and enhance the upper San Diego River Gorge through the organization's Save the Source program, with funding for two river surveys and three clean-ups.
San Dieguito River Valley Land Conservancy -- A $9,760 grant to fund project staffing and provide volunteers with planting and restorations materials, supporting efforts to restore wildlife habitat at Crest Canyon, Del Mar.
Additional grant recipients include Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, Groundwork San Diego -- Chollas Creek, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego County Outdoor Education Association Inc. and Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association.
These local grants are the result of nominations made by the Chula Vista, Encinitas and San Diego REI stores.