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- Collaboration between Outdoor Industry Association and footwear brands in the industry led to approval of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) petitions by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which could save brands millions of dollars over the next three years. The infographic below lays out the timeline.
- Gander Outdoors is opening next month in Springfield, Illinois, after going through bankruptcy and closing for nearly two years.
- Granby, Colorado, is undergoing a transformation into an outdoor industry hub, with businesses and services joining to cultivate a new vibe for the town. Patrick Brower, of Grand Enterprise Initiative, writes that, "the new aspirational thinking about Granby’s future sees it more as a resort and tourism town anchored by its location and strong links to the great outdoors of the Rocky Mountains."
- Fischer Skis U.S., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of privately-held Fischer Sports GmbH, has announced Sergio Kiehl as CEO and president.
- Heartbreaking news: It's confirmed. Professional alpinists David Lama, Hansjörg Auer, and Jess Roskelley are dead. Their bodies were found in Canada's Banff National Park after an avalanche swept over them last week.
Earth Day News
- California-based Deso Supply Co. is encouraging people to vote for the planet this week by getting outside, cleaning up a park, pledging to ban plastic straws, learning more about reducing your eco footprint, and more. Those who tag @desosupplyco on Instagram using #👁️earthed could get a special discount and a stickers. They're also hosting a bunch of events in the Reno/Tahoe area.
- EcoVessel closed its offices in Boulder to clean up local trails and paths as a company. “We, at EcoVessel, are continually working to leave a positive lasting impression and impact on the world,” said Jon Fox, CEO and founder. “In being advocates for reducing waste by introducing reusable products, we believe it’s our duty to help clean up our community and continue our stewardship on the ground."
- Arapahoe Basin in Colorado is taking two big steps toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025. A-Basin is now offsetting all of its ski-area fuel use through the Colorado Carbon Fund. A-Basin has launched a way for its guests to do the same when purchasing a pass product. View the mountain's sustainability report.
- The North Face is circulating a petition to make Earth Day an officially recognized holiday. The company also closed 113 stores and gave its employees the day off.
- Backcountry hosted a company service day at Dugout Ranch, a huge swath of protected land that The Nature Conservancy purchased a couple decades ago for conservation purposes. The project is part of Backcountry's ongoing support for The Nature Conservancy's work in the Colorado River Plateau. Backcountry is also hosting a joint influencer/ambassador public lands service event in Moab, Utah, until Wednesday. Follow along at #findyourbackcountry.