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- Our very own Kristin Hostetter talked to Rick Saez for The Outdoor Biz Podcast about getting into the outdoor industry, our shiny new magazine and initiatives, native content, her mentors, and more. Tune in here.
- Alex Honnold explained Hollywood rock climbing scenes for GQ and now Bear Grylls reviews survival movies for Vanity Fair.
- REI is opening a 20,000-square-foot store in Columbia, South Carolina, making it the retailer's second location in the state. "Our strategy is also to go where our members are, and we have more than 122,000 lifetime members in South Carolina," Gail Kirkland, REI’s retail director for the South, told The State.
- About half a dozen gray wolves in danger of starvation were relocated to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan by a U.S.-Canadian team. It's part of the National Park Service's effort to rebuild the wolf population in the park.
- Mountainsmith just launched a month-long campaign with National Ski Patrol, celebrating their 10+ year partnership. Mountainsmith is offering consumers 10 percent off all products on Mountainsmith.com using the code NSP10 (10 percent goes to NSP).
- So far in 2019, The Conservation Alliance granted $945,000 to 29 organizations working to protect and defend wild places throughout North America. The organization is on track to contribute $1.9 million in 2019, setting a new personal record.
- OOFOS, makers of recovery footwear, released a 2019 limited-edition Boston recovery shoe to celebrate the iconic race coming up on April 15.
- Mary Butler isn't leaving Sea To Summit after all, according to an email she sent. She said she'll be working as an independent contractor and continuing with public relations and media relations.
- And finally, Costa Rica is charging forward to be the first plastic-free and carbon-free country by 2021. We're seeing more and more of these types of pledges, and you can do your part by signing The Plastic Impact Promise and rejecting single-use plastic at Outdoor Retailer.