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Lise Aangeenbrug, the new executive director of OIA

Here are today's top headlines:

New leadership: OIA has concluded its six-month search for an executive director and named Lise Aangeenbrug as the new head of the organization. Aangeenbrug will transition from her role as head of the Outdoor Foundation, the OIA’s philanthropic arm.

A public lands travesty: At the direction of the Trump administration, the BLM has finalized its plans for the new management of Bears Ears National Monument. The directive, which shrinks the publicly protected area by 85 percent, has been roundly condemned by environmentalists, Native American tribes, and the climbing community.

Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears National Monument

Tough times in retail: As part of a company reorganization following mostly flat sales in recent years, L.L.Bean is eliminating 200 jobs and closing a call center in Maine.

Gapers, take note: The Wall Street Journal has some choice advice for the “denim daredevils” who hit the slopes in jeans: Don’t. “It’s not the 1970s anymore,” the paper writes.

Mourning the classic ski film: Ski movie releases used to be cultural events—a way to bring the snow sports community together to marvel at the skill of the world’s best athletes. With the rise of Instagram and YouTube, their place in the cultural canon is slipping.

A graceful exit: Helen Cherullo, the publisher of Mountaineers Books and a stalwart at the company since 1992, is stepping down, effective March 1, to focus on conservation efforts through the organization Braided River.

Easy listening: GearJunkie has launched a new podcast to share “in-depth conversations between the world's adventurers, athletes, and outdoorspeople.” The first three episodes are online now.

Cyclical efforts: The North Face is paying for its staff to learn new skills in sustainable design. The goal? Make clothing that lasts longer and can be reused and repaired more easily.

A unifying voice for outdoor: Jessica Wahl, executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, is helping to push the industry forward in Washington, D.C.

Retailer incentives: The Big Gear Show announces its retailer incentive program, which reimburses each shop up to $450 to cover hotel expenses for its new trade show staging in Salt Lake City, Utah, this summer. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.


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Industry Buzz: Tommy Caldwell says Trump will "ruin rock climbing," The North Face invests $7M in diversity, REI opens used gear pop-ups, virus outbreak at L.L.Bean

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Tommy Caldwell bashes Trump: The president is going to “ruin rock climbing,” the pro climber wrote in a recent op-ed. [Rock and Ice] The North Face invests in diversity: The brand has put $7 million into a new initiative more

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Industry Buzz: Danish design, Emerald slumps, OIA Capitol Summit, Protecting America's Wilderness Act

Here are today's top headlines: Danish innovation: Architect Bjarke Ingels has designed an enormous, whimsical, completely unique synthetic ski slope atop a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. [Outside Online] New record: With the help of groups like the North Carolina Outdoor more


Industry Buzz: Good To-Go, La Sportiva, Filson, Ortovox, Arc'teryx, and the new Bears Ears

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at Good To-Go's good deed: Through its DoBetter campaign and with the help of customers, Good To-Go donated one meal for every two purchased on their website and more

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Industry Buzz: Shop owners take a stand against hate, a lawsuit that might change Everest travel, man stalked by mountain lion, the value of reps, Zappos/L.L.Bean partnership

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Taking a stand: Sunlight Sports in Cody, Wyoming, posted an admirable and unequivocal message on Facebook this week. Customers who exhibit intolerant, hateful behavior will no longer be welcome in the store, the owners more

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Industry Buzz: L.L.Bean goes wholesale, Great American Outdoors Act, an environmentally friendly bank account, Honey Stinger moves into new offices, BACKPACKER TV

L.L.Bean wades into U.S. wholesale: The legacy brand has announced that, for the first time, it will enter into wholesale partnerships in the U.S.—starting with Nordstrom, Staples, and the sporting goods store Scheels. [Business Insider] Coronavirus in Yellowstone: Tests have more


Industry Buzz: Great American Outdoors Act, national park updates, National Trails Day, rewilding Patagonia

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor companies speak up: Patagonia, L.L. Bean, The North Face, and others publicly joined OIA in calling for the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. [The Hill] Support the effort yourself: Sign this letter from more


Industry Buzz: $2B sustainability fund, Rue Mapp, a record-breaking heliskier, outdoor industry leadership, GearJunkie's new head editor

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web $2 billion for sustainability: Amazon has announced the creation of a new Climate Pledge Fund to invest in sustainable technologies and work toward the ecommerce giant's goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. [TechCrunch] Rue more


Industry Buzz: In Solidarity Project grants, virtual Tour de France, L.L.Bean opens new locations, woman hospitalized in Yellowstone

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Grants for marginalized communities: In Solidarity Project, the organization that oversees the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, has announced a grant program to support underrepresented and underserved people in the outdoors. more

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Industry Buzz: Coronavirus, Livestrong, tragedy at Vail

Coronavirus: The worrisome virus has migrated to a ski chalet in Haute-Savoie, France, after skiers there were exposed to a man who recently visited Singapore. [Gear Junkie] Moving on: Livestrong has undertaken a top-to-bottom rebrand, ditching the iconic yellow wristbands of more