Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Outdoor industry, pay your interns: Jon Stewart explains why unpaid internships propagate inequality, a reality many outdoor companies might do well to consider.

Parks grapple with safety: Americans are impatient to visit national parks, but administrators have deep concerns about safety. [The New York Times]

Thru-hiking the Colorado Trail during a pandemic: SNEWS and The Voice contributor Patricia Cameron, who founded the group Blackpackers, is hiking the Colorado Trail this summer and posting regular updates on BACKPACKER. [BACKPACKER]

Great America Outdoors Act has massive support: More than 100 outdoor companies sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives this week in support of the bill.

New Mexico wins outdoor grant money: The state has received a grant from the National Park Service, as well as $20,000 from The North Face, to boost its outdoor education efforts. [Los Alamos Daily Post]

A retailer says goodbye: Water and Oak Outdoor Co. is closing its only location in Louisville, Kentucky. [Louisville Business First]

New insurance for skiers: The injury insurance startup Spot has partnered with the National Ski Patrol, Professional Ski Instructors of America, American Association of Snowboard Instructors, and others to offer a new kind of short-term injury insurance to skiers. [PR Newswire]

Dangerous algal bloom in Zion: After a dog came into contact with an algal bloom in Zion National Park’s Virgin River and died, the state of Utah issued a public health warning to park visitors. [KUTV]

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REI to lay off 400 employees: The company's months-long furlough officially ends today. Unfortunately, hundreds will not return to work.

The industry's first plus-size backpack line: Gregory has partnered with Unlikely Hikers to offer a line of 20 products developed specifically for plus-size hikers.

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