Don't go a day without reading Industry Buzz or you might miss something. Here are today's top headlines:
- #ClimbTheHill: The American Alpine Club (AAC) and Access Fund teamed up this week in Washington D.C. for the third annual campaign to meet with law makers and advocate for balanced public land policy management, with a focus on the Land Water Conservation Fund and Antiquities Act. Access Fund estimates that nearly 60 percent of all rock climbing areas in the U.S. are located on federal public land. The two organizations tapped a wide delegation of renowned professional climbers, including Jimmy Chin, Sasha DiGiulian, Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill, Tommy Caldwell, and Margo Hayes. They were joined by execs from Adidas, The North Face, Patagonia, and REI. Non-profit partners included Outdoor Industry Association, Latino Outdoors, Brothers of Climbing, Brown Girls Climb, and American Mountain Guides Association.
Our Editor-in-chief Kristin Hostetter lobbied on Capitol Hill a few weeks ago with OIA during #CapitolSummit. "I thought lobbyists were slimy. Then I became one," she said.
- On your next run, hike, drive, or podcast-listening opportunity, listen to Kristin Carpenter Ogden’s latest Channel Mastery episode. Her guest is Wes Allen of Sunlight Sports and they unpack several of the recent big outdoor industry headlines, like Camping World’s acquisition of Rock/Creek.
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its plans to begin a public process to propose a rule this September that could delist grizzly bears from the Endangered Species Act in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, in and around Glacier National Park. "Protecting and maintaining this national park grizzly population for future generations is a top priority for NPCA,” said Sarah Lundstrum, Glacier program manager for National Parks Conservation Association.
- REI and First Descents are teaming up starting this Sunday to provide outdoor experiences for young adults impacted by cancer. Programs launching in San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Oregon will be led by REI Outdoor School and highlight each region’s unique outdoor spaces through kayaking, climbing, camping, backpacking, and stand up paddle boarding classes. “Having a connection with the outdoors has proven benefits to an individual’s health and overall well-being," said Rebecca Bear, director of REI outdoor programs and experiences. Learn more about it here.
- Black Diamond Equipment knows how to throw a party. In honor of the new Anchorage, Alaska, retail location, BD is having a block party tonight with a raffle, food and drinks, live music, and proceeds benefiting the Friends of Chugach Avalanche Center and Anchorage Ski Club (Arctic Valley). “While this event celebrates the grand opening of BD retail in Anchorage communities, it also marks the beginning of an opportunity for Black Diamond to partner, collaborate and serve as a hub to Alaska’s growing climbing and skiing communities,” said Chris Marrano, manager of the new store.
- Mark your calendars for June 27 to July 6. It's when Souljourn Yoga Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for girls’ education in developing countries through yoga, is hosting its second yoga retreat, “Yoga Adventure Rwanda.” The retreat will benefit the girls of Komera, a non-profit organization building self-confident young women through education, community, and sport. To view the full itinerary, or to sign up for the 10-day Yoga Adventure Rwanda retreat, visit the site.
- Here's another event, this time for people in and near Boulder. National Park Trips is hosting a free National Parks Conservation Association event at eTown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on May 15. “Room to Roam: Bringing the Buffalo Back” will look back at this apex species’ controversial recovery from the brink of extinction just over a century ago and ahead toward the possible next chapter of the story in Colorado’s own Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. There are still open seats and registration is required.
- La Sportiva has tapped Dana Caraway and her agency Caraway & Co. as the brand’s sales representatives in the Southwestern U.S.
- On Thursday, Canadian Tire Corporation announced its plans to purchase Helly Hansen for $771 million. CTC is looking to grow internationally and introduce new categories.
- And lastly, SNEWS has a photo contest for any and all photographers wanting to show off their work to the outdoor industry. The winner's photo will remain in our Facebook and Twitter banner spaces for all of June (at least). Read on for more info about how to enter.
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