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Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Letters to Trump and 50 governors: The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable sent letters to the president and all 50 governors asking for tariff relief, stimulus aid, and “essential business” classification.

Modell’s buys some time: The sporting goods retailer has sought a suspension of its highly publicized bankruptcy proceedings as the coronavirus pandemic develops. [Bloomberg Law]

DOI uses pandemic as a diversion tactic: As the public is distracted with the coronavirus crisis, the Department of the Interior is racing to pass legislation that would prop up oil and gas companies at the expense of the environment. [Outside Online]

Park ranger kills Colorado man: A national park employee shot and killed a man near Carlsbad Caverns National Park after an altercation. [Out There Colorado]

“Locals only” policies may be illegal: Various counties in Colorado have closed their doors to visitors as the coronavirus develops. It may be against the law. [Colorado Sun]

OIA gathers resources for the industry: The group has published a resource hub to help the outdoor industry get through this difficult time.

Disaster loans to help businesses: This webinar from OIA will tell you everything you need to know about economic injury disaster loans.

Hone your backpacking skills in quarantine: Join Backpacker Basecamp for only $49 per year to access videos, discounts, exclusive content, early gear reviews, and more.

Visit a national park—virtually: If your national park spring trip is on hold, visit virtually via Google Earth.

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An amazing crisis response: Kitsbow in North Carolina has applied its "lean manufacturing" methods to help hospitals during the pandemic with astounding speed and efficiency


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Industry Buzz: Unpaid internships must go, Great American Outdoors Act, New Mexico wins grant money, insurance for skiers, algal bloom in Zion

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor industry, pay your interns: Jon Stewart explains why unpaid internships propagate inequality, a reality many outdoor companies might do well to consider. Parks grapple with safety: Americans are impatient to visit 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

Yosemite Valley

Industry Buzz: PPE resources, Outdoor State of Mind, death to the plastic cup, virtual adventuring

How to start making PPE: Register for a webinar on Tuesday, April 14 by OIA and SIA about pivoting your business to produce tools for healthcare workers in need. Outdoor State of Mind: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, Protect Our Winters is launching a more

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Industry Buzz: Long-term DEI training, outdoor voting power, PeopleForBikes secures grant, crushing sales expectations, new business alliance

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Six-month inclusion training: Leaders at Snowsports Industries America have agreed to participate in a half-year program focused on improving DEI in the winter sports industry. The power of outdoor voters: A new more

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Industry Buzz: Another relay hike, Yellowstone news, climber deaths in Yosemite, tariffs, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? We've created a new form where you can submit tips and story ideas. Ryan Zinke does good: The Interior Secretary announced the designation of 19 new National Recreation Trails (NRTs)—a total 370 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: Colorado fires rage, HydroFlask wins national parks award, tech's effects on the outdoors, a new outdoor industry partnership

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Colorado fires get worse: The Centennial State is fighting its largest wildfire in history. [Vox] Hydro Flask wins prestigious award: The brand recently received the National Park Trust American Park Experience Award. It’s more

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Industry Buzz: OIA resources, national park closure, Vail pay cuts, ski goggle donations, Protect Our Winters speaker series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Join the discussion: Outdoor Industry Association has started a private LinkedIn forum for “OIA members to connect and collaborate directly with each other and OIA leadership, receive answers to business questions directly more


Industry Buzz: Addressing racism, fund BIPOC nonprofits, POW's Lobby Day, ski towns' shifting strategies

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Words aren’t enough: Social media posts are a start, but we need far more than lip service to address structural racism in America. [Backpacker] Fund BIPOC nonprofits: Kula Cloth has announced a collaboration with artist more