Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Grants for marginalized communities: In Solidarity Project, the organization that oversees the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, has announced a grant program to support underrepresented and underserved people in the outdoors.

Virtual Tour de France: A digital substitute for the event, which was cancelled this year, may draw huge crowds. [Outside Online]

Trouble for the rafting industry: The pandemic has hit the commercial river rafting industry particularly hard. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

Everyday heroes: A family in Wisconsin rescued a bear that had gotten its head stuck in a plastic jar. [NDTV]

L.L.Bean opens new stores: The brand has announced that three new locations will open in Canada this year.

Woman hospitalized by bison: A 72-year-old woman was gored by a bison in Yellowstone after getting too close. [NBC]

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Steaming geysers in Yellowstone.

Industry Buzz: “Reparations” for Black customers, an obit for Powder magazine, girl suffers burns at Yellowstone, BIPOC bicycle grants, a new mother-daughter gear shop

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web “Reparations” for Black customers: Rivendell Bicycle Works in California has implemented a program to offer Black consumers a 45 percent discount on bikes and frames, an effort the brand is calling its “Black Reparations 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


Industry Buzz: Climate advocacy, Yellowstone reopens, a brilliant DEI move, Outdoor Equality Index, REI opens new location

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The long-term fight against climate change: With so much the attention being paid to the immediate effects of the pandemic, these outdoor athletes want us to remember that climate is still a looming threat. [Forbes] more

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Industry Buzz: Tommy Caldwell says Trump will "ruin rock climbing," The North Face invests $7M in diversity, REI opens used gear pop-ups, virus outbreak at L.L.Bean

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Tommy Caldwell bashes Trump: The president is going to “ruin rock climbing,” the pro climber wrote in a recent op-ed. [Rock and Ice] The North Face invests in diversity: The brand has put $7 million into a new initiative more

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Industry Buzz: Shop owners take a stand against hate, a lawsuit that might change Everest travel, man stalked by mountain lion, the value of reps, Zappos/L.L.Bean partnership

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Taking a stand: Sunlight Sports in Cody, Wyoming, posted an admirable and unequivocal message on Facebook this week. Customers who exhibit intolerant, hateful behavior will no longer be welcome in the store, the owners more


Industry Buzz: Boy Scouts embrace DEI, "Black Folks Camp Too," Emerald outlines safety plan, an outdoor industry grad degree

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 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


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: REI opens new location, John Muir’s racism, Malcolm Daly, "reuse and repair" grants, Latino Outdoors, Kelty video series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI opens new location: A new store is set to open in Billings, Montana—the latest move in a series of big changes for retailers grappling with the effects of the pandemic. [Billings Gazette] Confronting John Muir’s racism: more