Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

A CEO sacrifice: Columbia’s CEO, Tim Boyle, has slashed his annual pay to $10K to keep paychecks flowing to retail employees. [The Oregonian]

Close the parks: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has sent a letter to the secretary of the interior urging an immediate closure of public access to national parks “when and where appropriate and practical.”

Park workers infected: To highlight the urgency of the problem, news has broken that seven park workers have tested positive for the coronavirus. [The Washington Post]

OIA leads call for relief: Outdoor Industry Association is leading a chorus of other outdoor groups urging relief for small businesses.

Ski goggles as PPE: Doctors looking for protective eyewear are turning to a familiar tool—ski goggles. [Powder]

#Crushit4climate discussions: In honor of #crushit4climate month, Jeremy Jones had a civil discussion with a fellow snowboarder whose climate views diverge in some important ways from his own.

Stay sane indoors: What to read, watch, and listen to while flattening the curve by staying indoors. [Outside Online]

Gear fixes with flair: “Visible mending” is catching on among the outdoor community. [GearJunkie]

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Mask-making at Mystery Ranch: The Bozeman, Montana-based company is leading a community effort to sew masks for local healthcare workers.

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