Toad&Co puts money where its mouth is: Long respected for its commitment to independent retailers, Toad&Co has announced a first-of-its-kind revenue sharing program to help brick and mortar retailers through the economic upheaval of the coronavirus outbreak.

Stay calm and communicate: Listen to this 20-minute Channel Mastery podcast with some great tips on how outdoor businesses should be communicating to their staff, stakeholders, and customers during the virus outbreak.

Emergency prep toolkit: Outside Online has released a list of 10 things you should know about coronavirus and how to prepare for it. [Outside Online]

Modell’s prepares to go under: After unsuccessful efforts to keep its core business afloat, the sporting goods retailer is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [Bloomberg]

The indispensable power of women in outdoors: In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, revisit SNEWS’ HER Voice column for insightful commentary on women’s issues in the outdoor industry.

The rad women of TGR: To celebrate International Women’s Day, Teton Gravity Research released an extended profile on some of the amazing women who make the company go.

Solving crimes in national parks: When crimes happen within park boundaries, these special law enforcement officers spring into action. [Mental Floss]

The Utah Roadmap is the real deal: Kim Mayhew, president and COO of Solitude Mountain Resort, and Francois Goulet, president of Groupe Rossignol North America, have come out in support of The Utah Roadmap, a resolution introduced by Utah lawmakers to reduce air emissions within the state. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

Red Fox Outfitters shutters: The specialty retailer in Fenton, Michigan will close its doors after six years in business. []

Conrad Anker preaches positivity in dark times: In 2018, the mountaineering legend found himself sitting near Republican senator Lindsey Graham on a flight. The experience got him thinking about the toxic effects of Trumpism and the future of decency in America—topics that resonate now more than ever. [Evening Sends]

Some lighter news: Despite the headlines, not all is doom and gloom. North Cascades National Park was recently ranked the most dog-friendly in the country. []


The Grand Tetons under clouds

Industry Buzz: Coronavirus, Modell's, a Maine ski utopia, Clarus, Smartwool, Dicks

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we've published recently Coronavirus throws spring travel into chaos: The pandemic has changed life for everyone. See what industry professionals are saying about their travel plans. Queer identity and the outdoors: Venture Out Project founder Perry more

Yellow flowers in a field lit by the sun

Industry Buzz: National parks, TGR up for two Emmys, Fjällräven, supporting Sherpas, creative social distancing

Close the parks! Astoundingly, the National Park Service still has not committed to nationwide closures. What will it take? [Fast Company] The North Face steps up to help: The company is committing $1m through the Explore Fund to "support the outdoor communities all over the more

Towering red rock formations around Moab, Utah.

Industry Buzz: REI sued, land auction called off, Connect show cancelled, TGR's new streaming service, Eco-Challenge race returns

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI sued over hand sanitizer: A lawsuit filed against the retailer claims that REI falsely marketed an alcohol-free product as a "proven alternative to alcohol sanitizers.” [Law360] Land auction cancelled: After sustained more

An overlook outside of Park City with hazy mountains and a blue sky

Industry Buzz: Modell's, Big Gear Show, VF Corp, OREC

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 more


Industry Buzz: ORR survey results, microplastics study, free face masks in Utah, climbing during the pandemic

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Quantifying the pandemic: A new survey from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable paints a bleak portrait in hard numbers for the outdoor industry. [Footwear News] A disturbing update on plastic: A new study has found that more

Big Bend

Industry Buzz: National parks, OIA webinar, an indoor ultramarathon, The Voice, Mountain Hardwear

National parks reopening: The acting director of the National Park Service is currently working on a “framework for a gradual resumption of operations." [National Parks Traveler] A cautionary tale: Even that happens, however, we should heed the warnings from places like Utah’s more

A Colorado lake with pine trees and a blue sky

Industry Buzz: Coronavirus, The Big Gear Show, OREC, Himalayan Stove Project

Coronavirus strains Mountain House supply chain: As coronavirus panic stirs, the backpacking food company Mountain House was forced to temporarily shut down its website in response to overwhelming demand for its freeze-dried food. [Outside Online] Coronavirus travel tips: more

An open office space witt a large wood conference table in foreground, large floor to ceiling windows, lots of light, and casually dressed workers strolling about.

Industry Buzz: Durango mourns Ben Sontaag, LWCF, Toad&Co, REI, happiness, a stand-out gear shop, dehydrated food surge, and, of course, coronavirus

Will LCWF finally get permanent funding? He used to want to cut it from the budget, but now President Trump is calling for Congress to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses oil and gas revenue to fund conservation projects. [The Hill] Tragedy more

A Joshua Tree standing in the middle of a desert landscape with smoky mountains in the background.

Industry Buzz: Climbing chalk virus transmission, Patagonia's new film, TGR opens new shop, Yvon Chouinard's advice, Oboz expands team

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Climbing chalk is safe: A new study suggests powdered climbing chalk is unlikely to transmit the coronavirus. [Climbing] Patagonia’s new film: Don’t miss “Public Trust,” premiering September 25, about the ongoing battle for more