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 Recreation Industry Office, Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border saw a record 12.5 million visitors last year, a boon to the local economy. [Citizen Times]

Slumping numbers: Emerald Expositions Events, Inc., the company responsible for Outdoor Retailer, reported a 5.2 percent decrease in revenue and a $50 million net loss in 2019. The slide was partially related to the company’s decision to cancel the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and combine it with the January 2020 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. [Business Wire]

New protections: In a bipartisan vote this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, designating roughly 1.3 million acres of public land as wilderness and adding more than 1,000 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. [The Hill]

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The House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill called the Protecting America's Wilderness Act.

Registration open: Sign up now for the Outdoor Industry Association’s Capitol Summit in Washington, DC, from April 28 to 29. The event is a chance for “industry executives from across the country to educate their elected officials in Congress on key issues impacting their businesses.”

Industry leaders: Unifi, an innovator in recycled and synthetic yarns, announced the recipients of its third annual Champions of Sustainability Awards and—no surprise—the outdoor industry put up a strong showing. Among the outdoor brands that received recognition were Patagonia, Polartec, Timberland, and The North Face.

Misconduct: New Zealand businesswoman Jan Cameron, who co-founded the outdoor retailer Kathmandu, has been charged with misleading investors. The allegations involve another company, unrelated to any part of Kathmandu's business. [Radio New Zealand]



Industry Buzz: Boy Scouts embrace DEI, "Black Folks Camp Too," Emerald outlines safety plan, an outdoor industry grad degree

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web DEI-focused merit badge: The Boy Scouts of America announced that a newly created Diversity Merit Badge will be required to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. [The New York Times] Black Folks Camp Too: A new startup is on a more

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Industry Buzz: The North Face hacked, Sun Valley named best North American resort, new Emerald CEO, Adidas adds to leadership team, National Park Service sued for $270M

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face hacked: A cyberattack on The North Face has exposed customers’ names, addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers to hackers. [IT World Canada] Sun Valley snags major award: SKI magazine has named Sun Valley 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: Patagonia and Columbia vs. Trump, Dakine relocates, OIA board election, remembering Sally Shankland

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Patagonia and Columbia take on Trump: The two brands have teamed up to support a lawsuit challenging the White House’s assault on environmental protection. [Outside Online] Dakine makes hard choices: The brand is closing more

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Industry Buzz: OIA's new leader, Bears Ears, L.L.Bean, skiing in jeans, GearJunkie's new podcast, The Big Gear Show

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 more

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Industry Buzz: Today's top stories in the outdoor industry

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 more


Industry Buzz: REI faces criticism, outdoor investments, VF's new retail experience, Nepal to permit climbers, Outerbike cancels events

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI workers speak out: The company is facing criticism over its handling of coronavirus cases as locations reopen across the country. [The New York Times] Invest in outdoor: “It’s hard to go wrong with the great outdoors more

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Industry Buzz: TNF's climate work, Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization, Columbia sponsors NASCAR, plus-size gear, Outdoor Retailer launches design series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face’s climate efforts: How TNF is stepping up to challenge Patagonia as the leader in business-backed climate advocacy. [CNBC] Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization: The Seattle-based brand is one of only four 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