REI Co-op is donating $160,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations in Southern California as part of their continued efforts to be a steward to outdoor spaces and “help people experience the transformational power of nature,” the REI press release said.

These donations are part of the co-op’s annual giving, which adds up to more than $7.7 million donated to outdoor nonprofits in the United States this year, the press release said.

“At REI, we believe a life outdoors is a life well-lived, and the entire Los Angeles community benefits from easy access to outdoor spaces,” said Scott Ammons, market manager for REI. “The work of our nonprofit partners is becoming even more important, as these areas are increasingly impacted by urban development.”

REI is an organization that believes a life outdoors is a life well-lived. The REI Co-op is working with nonprofit partners to reduce barriers to access the outdoors, and work to preserve outdoor places for future generations, the press release said.