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  • Teresa Baker, founder of the advocacy organization African American Nature and Parks Experience, will be walking the aisles at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market next week, seeking signatories for her new Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge. The Pledge compels outdoor executives to create, promote, and enforce policies that expand the diversity, equity, and inclusion of their employees, board members, and customers.
  • Pot in national parks: After hikers told the park about seeing three men installing watering systems, Death Valley rangers raided a pot growing operation made up of thousands of plants irrigated from a spring in Hanaupah Canyon. On the other coast, federal authorities arrested a man on suspicion of cultivating marijuana at Cape Harreras National Seashore. 
  • The big 3-0. Dongah Aluminum Co., better known as DAC, is celebrating its 30 anniversary and will be exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market for the first time this year. Jake Lah, founder and creative force behind the brand, said, “It’s the right time for DAC to take a more active role in supporting the US outdoor market.”
  • Pennsylvania folks: United By Blue will be in its flagship neighborhood on Thursday:
  • Kathmandu has appointed Bill Chandler to the newly-created position of vice president of sales and marketing for Kathmandu North America, headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, alongside Oboz Footwear, which was recently acquired by Kathmandu. Chandler will report to John Connelly, CEO of Ob?z Footwear and President of Kathmandu North America.
  • The North Face has named ski mountaineer and long-time athlete Hilaree Nelson as captain for the Global Athlete Team. Conrad Anker currently holds the position and will serve as co-captain with Nelson through the remainder of 2018, before Nelson fully transitions to Team Captain in 2019. "Hilaree was a natural choice to succeed Conrad in the role of Team Captain,” said Mike Ferris, senior director of global brand management. “Not only is she one of the best ski mountaineers in the world, but she has become a constant force of support, motivation and vision to her fellow athletes." She is serving as the brand's face of the Move Mountains initiative.
  • In other TNF news, the brand yesterday announced that they are now a Camber Outdoors Peak Partner, which means they contribute above membership dues to accelerate Camber Outdoors’ ability to develop programs that move the entire industry forward.

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