September 30, 2020: Outdoor Industry News - SNEWS

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

MEC forges ahead with sale: Defying the pleas of co-op members who oppose the company’s sale to an American investment firm, MEC leaders pushed ahead with the acquisition this week, saying the deal must close. [Coast Mountain News]

Eliminating single-use plastic: Dick’s Sporting Goods has committed to removing all single-use plastic bags from stores by 2025. Want to help in a similar way? Join the Plastic Impact Alliance today. [Footwear News]

The long wait is over: After more than 10 years of planning by three federal land agencies, three municipalities, landowners, and mountain bikers, a highly anticipated biking trail is finally opening in Colorado. [The Colorado Sun]

Climbing in Nepal: With new Covid cases still springing up everywhere, the country has implemented new rules for foreigners hoping to climb there this spring. []

Race and the ski industry: The winter sports industry has a serious inclusion problem. Solving it will take years of concentrated work. [Steamboat Pilot & Today]

The rise of outdoor ed: College students are flocking in record numbers to programs that offer classes outside. [Outside Online]

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BLM leader removed: The Bureau of Land Management's acting director, William Perry Pendley, has been removed from office after running the agency for more than a year without Senate confirmation.

BACKPACKER Editor's Choice Awards: The magazine's editorial staff has announced this fall's official gear selections for best new winter products.

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A mountain lion sitting on a brown rock looking sinister.

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