National parks and racism: How managers of public lands can help our country’s shared treasures be more inclusive for all. [National Geographic]

Diversity in cycling: These organizations are fighting to broaden representation in the sport and make it more accessible for everyone. [Bicycling]

Black Hikers Week: A new digital event hopes to increase Black people's visibility in the outdoors—and inspire more to hit the trail. [Backpacker]

Grassroots’ ConnectHub gains steam: The pandemic-inspired platform to connect vendors with retailers for the spring buying season now has more than 100 brands on board and is open to retailers outside of GOA’s member roster.

Plants to the rescue: Some forward-thinking brands are embracing microalgae as an alternative to oil-based components in technical apparel. [Gear Patrol]

The importance of state parks: Members of the public and politicians spend a lot of time talking about federal public lands. We need to put the same focus on state-owned parks. [Forbes]

Exxel Outdoors welcomes Ken Ross: The industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience joins the company as vice president of key accounts.