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  • During Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, REI honored Arbor Collective as top vendor partner of 2018 and also delivered the Root Award—which celebrates industry-leading sustainable product design—to Costa's Untangled Collection. Electra, Hydro Flask, Smartwool, and Outdoor Research also received accolades from the retail giant.
  • The land package—which includes permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund—is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate this afternoon. Frank Lancaster, town Administrator for Estes Park, Colorado, says: “Outdoor recreation and proximity to open spaces—many of which have been enhanced through use of the Land and Water Conservation Fund—draws residents and visitors to our town. Our community is inextricably linked to the American public land system and outdoor recreation. The health, economic success, and cultural vitality of our town has been greatly enhanced by funds from the LWCF. It’s time for Congress to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the LWCF as it is truly one of America’s best conservation programs."
  • Ruffwear is unveiling an assistance harness—the UniFly Harness—for the visually impaired, along with a full line of products specifically designed for working dogs. “We believe in and support the critical role of working dogs in our society,” said Patrick Kruse, founder and lead designer at Ruffwear. “Highly trained service dogs mean freedom for humans with disabilities. The dogs who perform these critical tasks are partners, in every way, for the humans that rely on them to enjoy life to the fullest."