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The REI co-op gifted $75,000 to six Austin nonprofit organizations as part of an annual grant program. The co-op annually donates nearly 70 percent of their profits to US outdoor communities.

This $8000 was gifted to the Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club. The club works to create a mountain biking community and trail system throughout Central Texas. The money will go to help build the Country Club Creek Greenbelt Trail.

The Hill Country Conservancy was awarded $10,000 to start a volunteer program for the Violet Crown Trail. The conservancy works to balance the growth and development of the hill country area with the preservation of precious natural resources. The Violet Crowne Trail is a section of trail in the Greenbelt.

The Shoal Creek Conservancy was given $22,000 to extend the Shoal Creek Trail by 7 miles leading it to connect to Lady Bird Lake. The conservancy strives to protect the 13-mile long Shoal Creek Watershed in Austin.

The Trail Foundation gets $10,000 to create a new boat ramp for public access to Lady Bird Lake. The new entry point to the lake will be located at the Holly Point Water Access Point. The Austin Trail Foundation is a nonprofit that works to protect and expand the Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake.

Keep Austin Beautiful receives $10,000 to support water and shoreline cleanups of Lady Bird Lake twice a month. This nonprofit works to create an environmentally conscious and responsible citizenship in Austin.

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