Industry Buzz: LEKI, POW sweepstakes, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and the National Park Service's potential laws on protests

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  • The outdoor gear industry is expanding in Western North Carolina. The Appalachian Regional Commissions POWER Initiative just gave a $940,000 grant to expand the state's outdoor industry and create more jobs. The grant was awarded to Mountain Bizworks and efforts will increase outdoor workforce development, entrepreneurship, and more.
  • Five South Korean climbers and four Nepali guides were killed on Mount Gurja in Nepal. Last Sunday, a huge snowstorm wiped out the climber’s camp while they were on the mountain and it's still unclear exactly how they were killed.
  • Tariffs on imports of Chinese goods are expected to increase nearshoring in the apparel industry. Trends in fashion are making the idea of nearshoring more appealing and higher costs are making Asian sourcing less desirable.
  • Logging companies are trying to cut down parts of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. President Donald Trump has called for the monument to be reviewed and if he approves, the monument’s trees will be at risk.
  • The National Park Service is considering creating new laws that limit protesting in the nation's capital. In the future, people may have to get a permit and government permission.
  • Save the date: Photographer Aaron Huey was chosen as The Conservation Alliance's featured speaker at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in November. The focus of the talk will be about Bear Ears National Monument in Utah. The breakfast is slated for Friday, Nov.  9 from 7 to 8:50 a.m.
  • LEKI will have a new sales representative in the south-central United States starting in January. Mike Felix will cover Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Louisiana.

And finally, you could win a cool trip to Taos.

  • Protect Our Winters (POW) is running a sweepstakes to give away a Mountain Collective Pass and a two-night stay at The Blake in Taos. To find out more information and enter, click here