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  • Enrollment for the fifth class of the Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy is open. The six-month immersive program is designed to help prepare the next wave of outdoor industry leaders to handle challenges that are critical to the future of the industry.
  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that because of the 53.6 million people that visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, local communities saw an economical impact of $3.2 billion. “The National Wildlife Refuge System continues to be a strong economic engine for local communities, supporting tens of thousands of jobs across the country," he said. "President Trump is committed to expanding public access to these natural resources and improving recreation infrastructure, so more people have the opportunity to experience our world class refuges and enjoy the great outdoors."
  • Business Insider awarded Igloo the “BEST Outdoor Retailer” show award, making this the second year that Igloo has been awarded for its commitment to innovation and environmentally friendly design.
  • Mikah Meyer, who currently holds the title as the first person to experience all the National Parks in a single journey and who is also an openly gay man, states that the outdoor recreation industry needs to have better LGBTQ+ representation. "The backing of inclusive values by outdoor brands will help nature enthusiasts like the Eagle Scout who wrote me via Instagram to share that he’d never had an outdoorsy gay role model until learning about my national parks record. Better representation will invite more people to experience our great outdoors."
  • New York City Council members voted to declare a climate emergency this week, calling for immediate action to the global climate crisis. With over 8.62 million inhabitants, New York City is the largest city to date to have made this declaration."The United States of America has disproportionately contributed to the climate emergency and has repeatedly obstructed global efforts to transition toward a green economy, and thus bears an extraordinary responsibility to rapidly address these existential threats," lawmakers wrote.
  • Boulder City added the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku—or forest bathing—to their list of free nature excursions. 
  • Seattle-based outdoor and action sports retailer evo announced it will partner with Bouldering Project to bring a world-class bouldering gym to its new Campus SLC, a collection of complementary businesses designed to drive community around a shared passion for outdoor culture in Salt Lake City.
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