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  • More good: Friends of Joshua Tree has given $10,000 in grants to furloughed contractors of the national park who needed help paying their bills during the 35-day federal government shutdown. “The contract workers who lost the entire month of January did not receive any such payment, so we’re stepping up to help," said John Lauretig, Executive Director of Friends Of Joshua Tree and a former Park Ranger in Joshua Tree.
  • Ortovox was just awarded ​Leader Status by the Fair Wear Foundation​ (FWF), the highest level of distinction for fair working conditions offered by the apparel industry watchdog. “This recognition goes hand in hand with our focus on animal welfare and the recent implementation of the Ortovox Wool Promise," said Ortovox Brand Manager Tom Mason.
  • Since the March for Public Lands, members of the outdoor industry have wondered what's going to be the next Bears Ears. SNEWS Contributor Shawnté Salabert has the answer in her latest story for Adventure Journal about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Filson and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers are continuing their partnership into 2019. They've announced more dates for the popular Campfire Stories, a public lands-focused storytelling event series launched in 2018. The series will kick off at the Filson New York Flagship Store on Feb. 28.
  • REI Co-op is opening its second location in Alabama, creating 50 jobs for the new Birmingham store. REI now has 154 stores in 35 states.
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska, has a new superintendent. Jason Taylor, regional chief of Natural Resources for the National Park Service, Alaska Region, brings years of experience to the role.

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