Industry Buzz: Timberland HQ murder, a Mercedes-Benz camper, Fjällräven's new flagship store, Trump administration lies

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Timberland's Stratham, New Hampshire, headquarters where the killing occurred. Courtesy Google Maps, MassGIS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts EOEA, Maxar Technologies, USDA Farm Service Agency.

Timberland's Stratham, New Hampshire, headquarters where the killing occurred. Courtesy Google Maps, MassGIS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts EOEA, Maxar Technologies, USDA Farm Service Agency.

Murder at Timberland: A 20-year-old security guard was charged with the murder of a female Timberland employee at the company's New Hampshire headquarters on Monday.

Job alert: The Conservation Alliance is hiring a Government Affairs Director and a Communications Manager. The first job is based in Washington, D.C., the second in Bend, Oregon.

New staff: Boulder, Colorado-based Metorite PR has added two new industry veterans to its team—the journalist and digital media professional Nick Firchau and the sales manager Susie von Mettenheim.

Pop the top: Mercedes-Benz is bringing its first pop-top camper to the U.S. market this spring. The Metris Weekender will seat five, sleep four, and feature a sleeping area with a two-inch memory foam mattress. Optional upgrades will include solar panels, a roof rack, and 200 different colors of vinyl wrap for the exterior.

The new Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender. Courtesy Mercedes-Benz.

The new Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender. Courtesy Mercedes-Benz.

A fresh partnership: GSI Outdoors, makers of camp cookware and other outdoor culinary products, has partnered with Middlebury, Vermont-based Press Forward PR for media relations, product placement, and communications strategy.

Leader wanted: The American Alpine Club has begun a search for a new CEO. The 25,000-member organization is seeking a qualified leader to oversee “overall strategic and operational responsibility for the AAC’s staff, program expansion, and mission and vision execution.”

Esquif expands: Esquif Canoes has announced that David Hadden, a veteran in the paddlesports industry, will join the company as director of business development, a newly created role.

It’s coming: Fjällräven is set to open a new flagship brand center in downtown Denver this summer—its 34th retail store in North America and fourth in Colorado—just across the street from the REI flagship store.

Lies from the White House: Emails obtained by The Guardian show that the Trump administration falsified data concerning California’s Camp and Woolsey wildfires to bolster logging industry interests. [Outside Online]

Attack on conservation: The Trump administration has proposed slashing almost the entire budget of the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the 2021 fiscal year.



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