Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

DEI-focused merit badge: The Boy Scouts of America announced that a newly created Diversity Merit Badge will be required to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. [The New York Times]

Black Folks Camp Too: A new startup is on a mission to break down racial lines in the outdoors. [Backpacker]

Emerald’s new plan: Outdoor Retailer’s parent company has released a Preparedness, Prevention, and Response Plan for reopening live events safely. [Business Wire]

Outdoor industry grad degree: A new graduate program launching in 2021 at the University of Colorado Boulder aims to train professionals for the outdoor recreation economy. [CU Boulder Today]

Sweeping outdoor legislation: Representative Joseph Neguse of Colorado has introduced a new bill to invest heavily in wildlife preservation, outdoor recreation, and public lands restoration. [Insurance News Net]

New leadership at Outdoor Gear Builders: The North Carolina-based nonprofit has appointed Andy Williamson as its new executive director.

Damage at Yellowstone: Two visitors who walked off a path inside the national park damaged an environmentally sensitive thermal area and landed themselves in jail for two days. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

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