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The president-elect has selected former Secretary of State John Kerry to lead the nation's climate efforts

One year after Backcountry apologized for an aggressive, behind-the-scenes legal campaign that some outdoor brands called corporate bullying, the online retailer is trying to make amends

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has issued an order that will allow states to veto projects financed by the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The industry lost a colleague and a friend last week

This week, Outdoor Industry Association hosted a call to examine the implications of the election results. Here's what went down

The Adventure Travel Trade Association lays out key findings regarding Black, Asian, Latino, Indigenous, and other travelers of color

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its annual report that lays out the importance of the outdoor recreation economy in hard data

Outdoor Gear Exchange, the widely loved independent retailer in Vermont, has hired a full-time diversity professional to manage the company's inclusion practices

The Conservation Alliance has ended its business with longtime financial partner Bank of America, divesting all funds over concerns about the bank's lack of environmental commitment

The brand's new Explore Fund Council—led by Jimmy Chin and actor Lena Waithe—will oversee the allocation of $7 million in DEI-focused grant funding

With a focus on sustainability, transparency, and inclusivity, here’s how the Canadian outdoor brand Alder Apparel is nailing women’s outdoor clothing

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Host Denisha Jenkins kicks off the second season of Her Voice talking with Monet Hambrick, a traveler, author, and a founding member of the Black Travel Alliance

If you’re serious about eliminating single-use packaging from your company and the outdoor industry, these five companies can help

Sit in on a video conversation with snowboarder and climate activist about his new "impact documentary," Purple Mountains, the upcoming election, backcountry safety, and skiing in the woods as a kid

LOWA’s general manager reflects on the business lessons he’s learned during the coronavirus crisis

Last month, a federal judge ordered William Perry Pendley to vacate his post at the Bureau of Land Management. The decision had "no impact whatsoever" on his position, Pendley said.

These creatives share their Native heritage with the outdoor industry through smart footwear, stunning prints turned into blankets, and sustainable warmers

A new coalition of brands, retailers, and participants is giving a stronger voice to people of color in the running community

“The outdoor industry is the only industry I know of where Black folks have to beg to be advertised and marketed to,” says Earl B. Hunter Jr. His company aims to change that

After running the Bureau of Land Management for more than a year without Senate confirmation, Pendley has been ordered to surrender his position

The retailer has realized its 14-year plan of transitioning to carbon neutral operations by 2020

The mastermind of a wildly popular, stereotype-busting Instagram account offers advice for companies hoping to diversify and deepen their influencer campaigns

Ryan Gellert, who has presided over the brand’s business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, will now run the company

Over the course of half a century, industry legend Bob Gore built a multi-billion-dollar company known for its innovation and democratic treatment of employees

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Join us as we chat with Kristin Carpenter, Founder and CEO of Verde PR, to talk about their new Multi-Channel Marketing Academy

From a diehard work ethic and inclusive design theories to decadent colorways and outside-the-box thinking, the methods of these industry experts draw inspiration from their cultural heritage

The parent company of Smartwool and The North Face has decided to make internal data about its diversity and inclusion practices public

With lofty goals to be more inclusive, the outdoor industry is at a crossroads. Some say the key is lower-priced gear.

In the outdoor industry, it’s especially important to pay respect to the land and the Indigenous who are part and parcel of it

Today’s consumers expect complete transparency from the companies they support. Sometimes, that means being so honest it hurts.

10 ways to make outdoor specialty shops more welcoming to all people, regardless of race, size, gender identity, or expertise

If you’re serious about sustainability, nothing is more eco-friendly than products that don’t need replacing

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the outdoor industry’s typical timelines—and “normal” looks to be a long way off. Here’s how the domino effect will change the manufacturing and retail calendar for years to come.

Most brands require reps to pay for their sample lines, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Is it fair?

On September 4, the queer outdoorsman will begin his Run Across Minnesota, promoting diversity in outdoor culture and his Outside Safe Space initiative

Like nature, the outdoor industry needs change, renewal, and adaptation—and disruptors to challenge and supplant the way we do things. Here’s a peek into what’s coming around the bend. Because under the law of evolution, if you don’t adapt, you don’t survive.

Sit in on a video conversation about how independent retailers are coping with the pandemic, new Grassroots Outdoor Alliance tools designed to support retailers and brands, and why pro deals proliferation is killing our local gear shops

The pandemic shutdown devastated the world’s manufacturing center—and many of the companies that rely on it. And there were already plenty of reasons to get out.

Are pro programs a legitimate perk for industry professionals or a discount sales channel run amok? Some insiders are calling the whole scene a complete farce. Here's why.

OBJ' new parent company has committed itself to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones has joined the board.

For more than a decade, Miho Aida has been an outspoken advocate for equity, inclusion, and diversity in the outdoors

The landmark conservation bill guarantees $900 million per year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Satkiewicz was a gifted athlete, an inspiring and passionate leader, a champion of women, and mentor to many

Confronting racism in the outdoor industry starts at home

One of the country's oldest and most important environmental laws faces grave threats. The Winter Wildlands Alliance and the American Alpine Club have joined forces with 18 other groups to bring the fight to the courts.

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The bill now heads to the President's desk

Unless you do the work, you’re just contributing to the problem. Start here.

Next spring, in collaboration with the group Unlikely Hikers, the Salt Lake City brand will release 20 products aimed at plus-size outdoor enthusiasts, with new marketing efforts to match

The Workplace Anti-Racism Action Agenda is a free guide for companies seeking to back words with action

"I believe that a run, a climb, a hike, or a day skiing can change your day and change the world"

We all know outdoor companies are way too white. But the numbers don’t lie: Data shows that by diversifying leadership and workforce, they stand to become more profitable.

In honor of Juneteenth, we'd like to shout out some of the most impressive and impactful leaders of color working to make the outdoors more inclusive for all

Sit in on a video conversation about the surge in interest in Baker's Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, how it could reshape the outdoor industry, and how your company can lean in

If signed into law, the bill will permanently finance the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address maintenance backlogs on federal public lands

The marketing veteran joined Merrell's leadership team last week. She's already thinking about big things to come.

Four outdoor industry professionals discuss how they feel about the amount they're paid

After leading the company for 12 years, Marcario decides it's time to pass the torch

In response to the murder of George Floyd, outdoor leaders have released statements condemning racial injustice and institutional violence against the Black community in the United States. Here's a running list.

Sit in on a video conversation that covers sell-through in the wake of coronavirus, creative ways brands are marketing new products, trade shows, and pajama pants

The apparel line founder discusses the waste and headache of spec inventory, and why quick-response production is the way of the future

In these unprecedented times, the issue of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors has never been more relevant

National parks will likely resume operations in coming weeks, but there's more to consider than merely opening the gates

As states begin to reopen, three independent outdoor retailers reflect on changes made to their businesses during the closure and what comes next

LOWA general manager calls for brands to refocus on lifestyle products to expand the base, and for retailers to stay closed on Sundays to encourage outdoor activities

In honor of Earth Day, the brand has released a new collection of products that prove circular design can be truly beautiful

The nonprofit has announced its inaugural class of Climate Neutral Certified businesses

The beloved 65-year old climber, entrepreneur, and retail expert suffered a stroke yesterday and remains in ICU

Tapping the creative power of its entire team, the apparel company worked outside of the box to rethink packaging

Her first month as OIA's executive director has tested her leadership in ways no one could have anticipated. But Lise Aangeenbrug is rising to the challenge.

We need to let go of aspirational content and reflect the reality of our consumers

With the Nepalese side of the mountain now closed, Everest is entirely shut down for the spring

As the organization celebrates five years in existence, Cohen reflects on the space VOP has created, both emotional and cultural, for outdoor participants in the LGBTQIA+ community

As China restricts access to the north and east faces of the mountain, climbers and guide companies see their summit plans dashed

After a long and successful career—including years spent as CEO of Patagonia and president of KEEN—Sheahan knows a thing or two about celebrating and protecting the outdoors

The new initiative partners with community leaders and activists to make the outdoors a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive space for all

By investing in real estate, adventures, youth, and its fellow retailers, evo founder Bryce Phillips is building a cohesive and complete adventure community

How can the industry help everyone get the gear they need?

True inclusivity takes movement on both sides: people of color developing their leadership skills and outdoor brands giving them the runway