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  • Outdoor businesses have joined Outdoor Industry Association in a social media storm today, pledging to #VoteTheOutdoors and asking others to do the same. Will you join? Access OIA's voters guide here.
  • This is why you don't feed wildlife: A female black bear at Grand Teton National Park was killed by rangers after visitors fed her fruit. Her two cubs were shipped out of state to a zoo. According to officials, the bears posed a risk to humans because they often associate people with food once they're fed.
  • Scientists predict that Joshua National Park will lose all of its iconic trees by 2100 due to climate change, according to an article by National Geographic.
  • The Access Fund and American Alpine Club have awarded $10,000 in grants to nine climbing areas needing anchor and bolt replacement: Rocky Pass/Gallatin Canyon, Montana; Red River Gorge, Kentucky; Slab Camp, Kentucky; Shawangunk Mountains, New York; Obed, Tennessee; Smith Rock, Oregon; Boulder Canyon, Colorado; Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota; and Ten Sleep Canyon, Wyoming.
  • OIA announced that Patricia Rojas-Ungar will lead its advocacy agenda as the vice president of government affairs leading the Washington, D.C. office. She is currently vice president of public affairs at the U.S. Travel Association. Read more about her here.
  • In other OIA news: The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) presented its annual Stewardship Award to Jessica Wahl, OIA's government affairs manager, according to a news release. NOLS chose to honor Wahl this year due to her diligence in championing bills on commercial permitting, in building bridges between outfitters and key influencers in the federal government, and in developing close relationships with top agency permitting personnel. 
The 11-piece collection includes posters, T-shirts, windbreakers, hats, mugs, bandanas, notebooks, and travel pouches, shown above.

The 11-piece collection includes posters, T-shirts, windbreakers, hats, mugs, bandanas, notebooks, and travel pouches, shown above.

  • Parks Project, a California-based outdoor lifestyle brand, has joined forces with National Geographic to release an 11-piece limited collection featuring vintage National Geographic photos on apparel and others goods. All purchases will support the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education.

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