SmartWool Service Day
Giving back to our community is in our DNA here at SmartWool. That’s why, twice a year, we shut down the office and head out into the community to lend a hand. This year, we partnered with American Rivers to help clean up our local river, the Yampa.
One of the last remaining wild rivers in the West, the Yampa River is an important part of the western ecosystem. It flows 250 miles through Northwest Colorado’s farms, ranches and towns like our very own Steamboat Springs on its way to the joining the Colorado River. It’s also a vital part of our community. We fish in it, tube in it, raft in it and swim with our kids and dogs in it. And so do lots of other people. An end of summer cleanup was in order.
American Rivers armed us with bags and tools to help with the clean up and we set off in groups to scour the banks and bed of the river for those items that needed to come out. We cleaned up 7 miles of the river, plus bordering parks and recreational areas. We found everything from golf and tennis balls to tires and a tractor hood. Plus a shopping cart. And beer cans. Lots and lots of beer cans. In the end, we filled up 3 pickup trucks worth of trash.
We were also joined by Dean from Leave No Trace, a non-profit organization that SmartWool has been partnering with for 13 years. Dean not only lent a hand, but also dropped some river stewardship knowledge as well as Leave No Trace principles.
It was a great day helping take care of such a vital part of our community, and a sobering reminder that what we do upstream has an impact on what happens downstream.