Here are today's top headlines.
That’s a wrap: Voting closes today for our 2020 #CoolShop Award, with an announcement of the winner coming this Friday. The shop with the most votes from our list of 15 finalists will win $500 to throw a staff appreciation party, a custom banner created by artist Latasha Dunston, a slot on the Channel Mastery podcast, and—perhaps best of all—lifelong bragging rights.
Taking a stand: Land Tawney, president and CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, testified before congress today about protecting Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from mining efforts proposed by the Trump administration. BHA is encouraging citizens to contact their representatives in support of conservation efforts.
Calling all artists: We try not to play favorites, but we have a confession. We’re obsessed with Sunday Afternoons Artist Series Trucker Hats. And now the brand is hosting a contest to find the next artist to feature on its popular lids. Artists can apply through the end of March. Learn more here.
Indiana invests in outdoor: Last week, the Indiana Senate Natural Resources Committee approved legislation to establish an Indiana Office of Outdoor Recreation Development. Outdoor recreation accounts for $9.7 billion in consumer spending within the state, and the primary purpose of the new office would be to bolster the growth of this economy while also supporting the growth of the outdoor sector as a whole.
Close call: A 67-year-old Virginia man who went missing on a solo kayaking trip through Everglades National Park was rescued by park rangers and the Collier County Sheriff's Office on Monday. The man, Mark Miele, had become separated from his kayak and was treated for hypothermia.
Speakers wanted: With the 2020 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show behind us, OIA has released a call for speakers to present at the 2020 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, taking place June 23-25 in Denver. Industry leaders with experience in sustainability, advocacy, outdoor participation, marketing and digital trends, and DEI are encouraged to apply.
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