Turning to the masses to save Modell’s: The beleaguered sporting goods retailer, which plans to close 15 percent of its stores to stave off bankruptcy, is also seeking new outside investment, an effort that CEO Mitchell Modell called “crowdsourcing at the highest level.” [PR Newswire]
The Big Gear Show announces demo day: Utah’s new hard goods-focused trade show has announced its kickoff event—a full day of product testing, networking, and celebrating at Deer Valley Resort. [Bicycle Retailer]
Fighting the debacle of one-day shipping: Timberland has rolled out an effort to curb the growing demand for ultra-fast shipping offered by Amazon and others. In exchange for a slower delivery time, the company will plant a tree for you. [Reuters]
VF Corp. makes ethical companies list: The corporation that owns The North Face, Timberland, Smartwool, and others has landed itself on Ethisphere’s list of the world’s 132 most ethical workplaces. (Think your company should have been listed? Tell us why for an article in the next issue of The Voice.)
Forcing congress to reckon with plastic: Surfrider Foundation has released a tool to help citizens contact their representatives about the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act introduced to congress this month. Please take one minute to be heard!
Public humiliation for an oil lobby sympathizer: A large-scale video looping outside the Interior Department this week targeted interior secretary David Bernhardt for his ties to oil and gas companies.
Mountaineers Books charts a new path forward: Coinciding with the 60th birthday of the Seattle-based publisher, the current director of finance and operations, Tom Helleberg, is stepping up to lead the company. The current publisher, Helen Cherullo, will become the executive director of conservation and advancement.
Keeping OREC around for the long haul: A bill currently pending in the Colorado legislature aims to make the state's Outdoor Recreation Industry Office a permanent fixture in the Office of Economic Development. [Colorado Springs Independent]
On high alert for coronavirus: The National Park system has said it’s watching closely for cases of the virus in the parks that attract the highest number of international visitors: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Death Valley, and others. [National Parks Traveler]
Gun theft at Bass Pro Shops: A Nashville location of the outdoor retailer reported a burglary today, with more than 30 guns stolen, as well as weapon-mounted lasers, lights, and ammunition. [WKRN.com]