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The Long-Term Impacts of a Short-Term Shutdown 

Having recently come on board here at Outdoor Industry Association, I had hoped this first update from me would provide a hopeful and optimistic overview of our 2019 policy agenda, which, as always, will focus on public lands and waters. Unfortunately, due to a partial government shutdown that has left the Interior Department unfunded, we…

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2018: Year in Review

The OIA staff is incredibly grateful for the support of our members. We couldn’t move the needle on important issues facing our industry without the collaboration and hard work of our member companies. In 2018, outdoorists everywhere showed up in force to support sustainable business, grow recreation access for all and elect policymakers and policies…

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Public Lands Funding: Up Against The Wall – Part 1

When the calendar turns over to January 2019, we’ll welcome many new faces on Capitol Hill. Likewise, we’ll say goodbye to any legislative measures on Congress’s docket that do not get passed before the Senate and House of Representatives adjourn for the year. In this episode, OIA’s Jessica Wahl talks to Deborah Williams about the…

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Six Reasons the 2018 Farm Bill is A Big Win for Outdoorists

We spend a lot of time talking about, writing about and advocating for public land access and stewardship. After all, we the people own those public lands, and we the outdoor industry know that public lands are the backbone of our recreation economy. But there are other bones that support the rec economy, including the…

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Outdoor Industry Leaders Commit to Outdoor Retailer in November for 2019

2018 marked quite a bit of change for Outdoor Retailer. After years of discussion and input from the industry, show dates shifted to the front of the season: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market moved to June, and Outdoor Retailer Winter Market moved to November. But the urgent need to move out of Salt Lake City to…

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Webinar: Intelligent Supply Chain Strategies for Navigating the U.S.-China Trade War

President Trump has raised tariffs on a number of outdoor products sourced from China with possibly more to come. These taxes mean higher costs for companies and consumers and less innovation and job growth. OIA and its members are actively advocating to the administration and Congress that these tariffs should be removed – but companies…

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Wyoming Doubles Down On Its Outdoor Recreation Economy

Wyoming wants more people to know that it is a place for outdoor lovers. Yet, while driving through America’s least-populated state, for long stretches of miles, the only sign of human existence is the occasional oil rig affixed to a rolling expanse of greenery and rocky hills. Extraction has historically fueled the Cowboy State’s economy…

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Industry Key Notes at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2018

While at the show we also caught up with industry leaders to get a better idea of what the industry is doing to further our sustainability work and our local policy initiatives. In response to the above session “Just What Are the State Offices of Outdoor Recreation?” we talked to OIA members and state officers…

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A Letter to Members from Amy Roberts and Travis Campbell

Dear OIA Members, As 2018 draws to a close and we look to next year, we want to say thank you to all of you for your membership, your support of our work and your company’s role in enabling us to come together as an industry to elevate the issues we care about. When we…

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