Sunday, 6 March 2011

Vote to conserve our outdoors

Your vote is needed to secure funding for one of four nominated conservation projects in the UK. From 9th March, through Trail and Country Walking magazines' website Live for the Outdoors, you can place your vote for which project should be undertaken by the European Outdoor Conservation Association.

The four projects are:
1. Re-wilding Ennerdale: This project will protect and expand the woodlands of Ennerdale valley, Cumbria including protecting the native red squirrel

2. Conservation and Restoration in Snowdonia: This project will control and eradicate non-native plant species and maintain and repair heavily used footpaths

3. Lake District Path Repair: This project will focus on two hugely popular walks; Striding Edge and Scafell Pike; repairing and re-routing paths and protecting rare and threatened species

4. Sustainable Three Peaks route: This project will look to create an alternative Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks route making the section from Pen-y-Ghent to Ribblehead more sustainable and protecting the peat habitat

The European Outdoor Conservation Association is a charitable organisation which funds specific outdoor conservation projects. It's members are outdoor organisations including many of the manufacturers we buy from such as Berghaus, Deuter, Lowe Alpine, Mammut, Nikwax and many more. Every year members nominate 3 projects each and this year members of the public are being asked to vote for one of the shortlisted projects.

Over the last 4 years the EOCA has funded 26 projects worth $640,000. These have included repairing trails in the Eastern Tyrol and Scotland, sending an expedition to research what will become a protected area of Madagascar, creating elephant corridors in India, protecting the red-footed falcon in Bulgaria and the brown bear in northern Spain, saving an ancient forest in Sweden from logging, replanting mangrove swamps in Sri Lanka and Atlantic rainforest in Brazil and cleaning a mountain in Kyrgyzstan.

Four very worthy causes, all you need to do is choose one and vote.

Click here to vote now.