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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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

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Industry Buzz: Outdoor startup competition, REI closes NY location, overcrowding on public lands, hut trips during the pandemic, too many people in Zion

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor startup competition: If you run a new outdoor company, apply to Win Moosejaw’s accelerator competition. [Gear Junkie] REI closes NY store: REI has announced it will close its only location in the Hudson Valley next more


Industry Buzz: Follow words with action, BIPOC adventure grant, Great Outdoors Month, national park climbing

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Words require action: A wonderful reminder to the outdoor industry that, when it comes to supporting BIPOC members of your community, hashtags and black squares on Instagram are not enough. [Medium] Save the travel photo more

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Industry Buzz: Climbers we lost in 2020, hunting rules loosen in national park, an organization for Black skiers, new president at Wolverine, the dangers of the backcountry

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web In memoriam: A remembrance of climbers we lost in 2020. [Climbing] Hunting rules loosen in Grand Teton: The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the National Park Service can’t regulate hunting on private 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

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Industry Buzz: REI ranked best employer for women, Brown Folks Fishing, tariff exclusions, National Summit Day, new leaders at Hydro Flask

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI ranked best employer for women: Employees rated the retailer the best employer for women in the U.S. [Forbes] Brown Folks Fishing tackles racism: The group has released a new pledge, Angling for All, that “seeks to more

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Industry Buzz: Honoring Mark Satkiewicz, race and skiing, nonprofit grant recipients, insurance for adventurers, Portland promotes inclusion, Pence criticized

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web' Honoring Mark Satkiewicz: Smartwool and SBT GRVL have partnered to host a month-long cycling event to raise money for the Mark Satkiewicz Memorial Fund. Dealing with race on the slopes: Among all skiing participants, 88 more

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Industry Buzz: Letter to Trump, Modell's, DOI trickery, a death in New Mexico, OIA resources, disaster loans

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Letters to Trump and 50 governors: The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable sent letters to the president and all 50 governors asking for tariff relief, stimulus aid, and “essential business” classification. Modell’s buys some more

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Industry Buzz: L.L.Bean goes wholesale, Great American Outdoors Act, an environmentally friendly bank account, Honey Stinger moves into new offices, BACKPACKER TV

L.L.Bean wades into U.S. wholesale: The legacy brand has announced that, for the first time, it will enter into wholesale partnerships in the U.S.—starting with Nordstrom, Staples, and the sporting goods store Scheels. [Business Insider] Coronavirus in Yellowstone: Tests have more