Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

A pipeline through the Appalachian Trail: The Supreme Court has reached a decision that will allow a natural gas pipeline to run below part of the Appalachian Trail. [Adventure Journal]

Just Add Water Project: A new initiative featuring Faith Briggs and Adam Edwards aims to break down barriers in the outdoors.

The unfortunate reality of fleece: Fleece—even the recycled kind—is indisputably bad for the environment. It’s time we address that fact. [Backpacker]

New leadership at Canada Goose: The company has named Carrie Baker as president of North American business and Kara MacKillop as chief of staff/executive vice president of people and culture. [Business Insider]

Access Fund acquires new climbing areas: The group has purchased Alphabet Rock and Icehouse Boulders near Leavenworth, Washington, as part of its ongoing conservation efforts.

Rebuilding the economy: Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper on why investment in outdoor recreation will be crucial after the pandemic ends. [Summit Daily]

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We're not doing enough: A recent survey finds that outdoor industry employees are largely dissatisfied with their organizations' responses to racial injustice.

Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate: The landmark bill is now all but guaranteed to become law.

Unpaid internships and inclusion: If you truly want to support DEI efforts in the industry, do away with your unpaid internships.


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Industry Buzz: K2's first winter summit, promising retail data, a new hire at Outdoor Lab, Appalachian Trail thru hikes won't count in 2021, "vegan shoes" in development

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A Himalayan first: An all-Nepali climbing team summited K2 in winter for the first time. [Adventure Journal] Retail finishes strong: After an unprecedented year, 2020 holiday retail sales outperformed 2019 numbers, more


Industry Buzz: BLM resources, Birding while Black, PPE demand, Yellowstone virus testing, hurricane season

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web What you can do right now: This list of resources can help outdoor industry professionals educate themselves about Black Lives Matter and become better allies to those fighting for justice and inclusion. [The Trek] more

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Industry Buzz: Coronavirus news, Appalachian Trail, Colin O’Brady, Montane

Your guide to all coronavirus news: SNEWS has launched a page for ongoing coverage of the outbreak, updated daily. Check back for continual updates, news, recommendations, quotes from industry leaders, and more. Could Everest close? As concern over the coronavirus mounts, there's more

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Industry Buzz: Addressing intolerant language, national park danger, the future of outdoor, discussing diversity with a congressman, small town activism

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Yeti Cycles updates its language: In response to concerns about insensitivity toward Indigenous communities in the U.S., the brand will soon drop the word “tribe” from all its marketing material and brand language. more

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Industry Buzz: Subscriptions for shoes, hikers trash the Appalachian Trail, an eye-opening U.S. climate map, outdoor companies acquire gun brands

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A new way to sell shoes: The Swiss footwear company On Running is trying out a new business model for the shoe industry, borrowed from Silicon Valley—subscription memberships. [Outside Online] Respecting the Appalachian more


Industry Buzz: Recreate Responsibly, Appalachian Trail hikers, adventure travel news, green snow in Antarctica

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Stay safe this weekend: If you’re headed outside for Memorial Day weekend, follow this advice released by Outdoor Industry Association, REI, and other industry leaders as part of a new campaign, Recreate Responsibly. Who’s more


Industry Buzz: Trek steps up, national park police, new outdoor jobs, public land revenues, a beloved gear maker

Trek pledges action: To promote racial equity in the industry, the cycling company has promised to create 1,000 new jobs for people of color, build bike shops in underserved neighborhoods, establish a seven-figure community investment fund, and more. [Bicycle Retailer] National more


Industry Buzz: Rossignol changes leadership, Trump undercuts the Great American Outdoors Act, Vista Outdoors boosts sales, Colorado reintroduces wolves

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Rossignol gets new CEO: The company will transfer its leadership from 16-year chief executive Bruno Cercley to Vincent Wauters in Q1 of 2021. GAOA threatened: The Trump administration is already undercutting the 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