If you read anything today, make it Industry Buzz. Here are the latest headlines:
Do you have buzzworthy news tips? Email us at SNEWSedit@aimmedia.com.
- Together we are a force! About 120 members of our industry—including our own Editor-in-Chief, Kristin Hostetter—are gathered at Outdoor Industry Association’s #CapitolSummit in Washington D.C. today to lobby congress for outdoor industry initiatives. Today was a training day, but tomorrow, we’ll visit about 100 members of congress to discuss the importance of The Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Outdoor Recreation Caucus, the impact of climate change, how trade policy affects our industry and more. “It’s exciting and inspiring, and a great privilege to be here,” says Hostetter. Follow the action on our Instagram page.
- Yesterday, Outdoor Industry Association released hyper-localized numbers reflecting just how vital the outdoor industry is to the economy. Now, you can find out how much your local community, or congressional district, spends on outdoor recreation.
- Calling all awesome ladies! Project16x has launched a grant for women artists, entrepreneurs, activists, and leaders in the outdoor industry, and beyond. This October, the initiative will be giving away two $1,000 awards to two leading women voted on by attendees to the group's summit in June and July. Apply now through May 18 at project16x.com/project16xgrant.
- As Backcountry Hunters & Anglers' Land Tawney would say, hunters and hikers should work together. At the group's seventh annual Rendezvous celebration from April 12 to 14 in Boise, Idaho, was Patagonia founder and fierce public lands advocate Yvon Chouinard. His presence is a sign of unification between hikers, hunters, and anglers.
- Helen Kilness, one of the co-founders of Summit Magazine, the first U.S. monthly climbing magazine that ran from 1955 to 1989, died on Saturday. She was 96.
- Earth Day is this Sunday, and to celebrate, polar adventurer Eric Larsen is throwing a party and fundraising opportunity in Boulder, Colorado. The second annual Get Wild to Save Wild event is this Friday and it will feature speakers, gear giveaways, live music, and more. “I created Get Wild to Save Wild event to facilitate a dialogue about the value of wilderness in our lives," Larsen says. "I also wanted to provide a fun and seamless way for people to learn about and support many of the non-profit organizations who do such valuable work on our behalf. Ultimately, my goal is for people to have fun and do good."
- Duckworth, the Montana-based wool apparel company, appointed seasoned product development veteran Don Rogers as president. His career began with leading fashion, tactical, and outdoor brands, including Benetton, Propper, Caterpillar, and L.L.Bean.
- Hunting and camping outfitter Gander Mountain is making a comeback under the new name, Gander Outdoors. The chain was acquired almost a year ago by Illinois-based Camping World Holdings Inc.
- We all know camping is cool, but it's becoming even more trendy according to the annual independent study supported by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). The study shows that the total number of camping households in the U.S. is now at more than 77 million households, having grown by more than 6 million since 2014. Additionally, it's trendy among teens and more people of color are camping.