Here’s a re-cap of some of the noteworthy Recreation Economy stories from the past month.
Outdoors companies mobilize hikers in multimillion-dollar battle over public lands
Two generations ago, they were often written off as a bunch of hippies making backpacks and climbing gear for niche markets. But in recent decades, companies such as Patagonia and REI have become consumer powerhouses and political players, increasingly eager to influence decisions over public lands.
Oregon May Get Its Own Outdoor Recreation Office
Oregon is seeking to create its own outdoor recreation office. Similar to Colorado, Utah and Washington’s outdoor departments, proposed legislation in Oregon would give the outdoor community a significantly stronger voice at the state level.
2017 PUBLIC LANDS BILLS – a legislative trail map
2017 greeted outdoors lovers with a dizzying flurry of public land bills – most of which are quite troubling. However, we’re already seeing the power of outdoor enthusiasts have to affect change. When people speak on behalf of the places they care about, lawmakers listen. That’s why we all need to stay informed, get engaged, and take action.
3 Ways the Outdoor Industry Can Save the Planet
Outdoor brands are becoming a politically active force. Now that the battle for Outdoor Retailer is over, what’s next? We spoke with a dozen industry leaders to find out what battles are shaping up.
April is a co-founder and former co-Executive Director for Recreation Northwest. She has a passion for place and loves exploring, experiencing and sharing the beauty of the pacific northwest. She is currently working with Ocean Conservancy to protect our oceans, specifically the Arctic.