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  • It's official: Vista Outdoor today completed the sale of Savage Arms and Stevens firearms. A financial buyer bought the brands for $170 million. The sale is part of Vista's transformation plan, which was decided before consumers along with REI and MEC boycotted outdoor brands under the corporation for its ties to gun manufacturers. Chris Metz, Vista's CEO, said in a press release that it was a difficult decision. "Savage is a fantastic business, and it deserves to continue to evolve into other firearms categories," he said. "At this time, however, we simply do not have the resources to transform Savage into the full-service firearms company that it deserves to be and, therefore, we determined the brand would be better off with a different owner."
  • More than 100 knitters are creating tempestries for over 100 National Park sites, such as the Everglades, Yosemite, and Pipestone National Monument. This is the inaugural year of the National Parks Tempestry Project.
  • For over a decade, the National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association have tried to designate Arches National Park for its stunning night skies. As of last week, Arches is officially an International Dark Sky Park, joining Canyonlands and the Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.
  • Workers around the world have planned a global climate strike for Sept. 20, in which they'll walk out of offices to fight for action against climate change. Patagonia is encouraging employees to participate.
  • The Access Fund, Mountain Project, and the Bureau of Land Management teamed up to create an interactive map of climbing spots on BLM land. Check it out here
  • Elevenate, makers of modern mountain life performance apparel, hired Groundswell PR as its public relations agency of record.
  • CLIF Bar added a new athlete to its team, and she just so happens to be a soccer world champion.