Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

REI braces for changes: The retailer is anticipating big shifts in how customers spend their dollars this winter and holiday season. [KHQ]

The duty of the bystander: An examination of the ways men are responsible, as bystanders, for creating an outdoor community safe from sexual harassment and assualt. [Trail Runner]

Public lands funding deadline: On November 2, the Interior Department decides which public lands projects will receive the first round of funding through the Great American Outdoors Act. [E&E News]

Positive numbers for DEI: A recent survey by Camber Outdoors shows that 83 percent of companies in the outdoor space have increased their commitment to DEI resources in 2020.

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Bring back the CCC: A case for reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps. [Wired]

Paddling Life rebrand: The watersports publication has launched a brand new website with a fresh look, an updated logo, new partnerships, and more. 

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Sea to Summit enters new category: The brand is breaking into the backcountry tent market this spring with two innovative new products.

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