This week, SNEWS is heading to Washington, D.C. to report on the issues most important to our industry. The Conservation Alliance, Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Alliance are all bringing delegates to the Capitol. They might be a little out of their element in a sea of suits rather than the plaid that’s all but required at Outdoor Retailer, but they know what they’re talking about and they’ve sure got the passion to back it up.
These groups, of CEOs, conservationists and activists invested in our industry’s history, will work to persuade lawmakers to add a number of our priorities to their to-do lists. They’ll push for members of Congress to allocate funding to the National Park Service, which has a $12 billion maintenance backlog in the year of its 100th birthday. They’ll fight for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is vital to communities that need money to protect their public lands.
Among many other topics, they’ll also discuss legislation that would make it easier for companies to manufacture goods here in the United States, ways to get kids better access to parks and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could lower high tariffs on imported outdoor goods and improve working conditions abroad.
SNEWS Assistant Editor Kassondra Cloos will be there for it all, reporting live from Capitol Hill Tuesday and Wednesday. Make sure to follow SNEWS on Twitter and Instagram at @snewsteam, and follow Cloos directly on Instagram and Twitter at @kassondracloos for even more updates. Tweet at her with your questions and she’ll do her best to find some answers.