ICYMI: The Week in Review

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By Katie Boué January 4, 2017

December 28–January 4

What to Think About Zinke? 

Talk about a rollercoaster ride. After initial reports hinted Trump would nominate Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers as Secretary of the Interior, the president-elect threw  a curveball with the announcement of Congressman Ryan Zinke as his nominee for that postZinke was a co-sponsor of the REC Act, supports the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA), and voted against the state takeover of public lands. He even resigned from the 2016 RNC Platform Committee over GOP position supporting the selling off of public lands. Not too shabby, Zinke 


Still Reeling From the REC Act  

Despite the fact that outdoor recreation accounts for $646 billion in annual consumer spending, 6.1 million American jobs, and $80 billion in federal state and local tax revenue, our industry has never been included in the GDP. We’re kind of a big deal, so we fought hard to be counted. The passage of the Recreation Economy Contributions Act is a major milestone for the outdoor industry that will lead to better data, better tools and long-deserved economic recognition.  


Elsewhere Out There:  

Paddle forth. The feds formally protected one of America’s greatest treasures by rejecting two lease renewals for copper and nickel mines near Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. That means we can continue paddling, sans pollution.  

Here’s to another hundred. In a surprise move after an all-night voting session, the Senate passed the National Park Service Centennial Act. It was the perfect way to close out the 114th Congress with a nod to the yearlong celebration of #NPS100.  


‘Tis the Season, for Outdoor Retailer 

We recommend promptly shaking yourself out of that post-holiday daze. It’s time to prepare: Winter (tradeshow) is coming. The biannual gathering of plaid-wearing, gear-slingin’, merrymaking retailers, manufacturers and media is descending upon Salt Lake City next week for Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. Yeehaw 

The sheer volume of things to do, see, eat and drink is overwhelming, so we broke down a few of the OIA musts at ORWM17: 

  • Industry Lunches. We’re hosting three. Join us each day for lunch and keynotes on climate change, the therapeutic power of the outdoors, and sustainability 
  • Celebrate Sustainability. It’s the 10 year anniversary of the Sustainability Working Group. You’d already know that–and about the accompanying celebrations–if you read the Sustainability Snapshot. 
  • Glimpse The Future. Find and congratulate the 2017 Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy participants and guides. Following a successful pilot year, the new class of 33 individuals will be joined by 24 industry veterans who will offer mentorship and direction while they guide this next generation of outdoor industry game-changers.  
  • Come to the Table. The Social Impact Roundtable, that is. Thursday at noon in the Marriott (Salon H). It’s a seasonal gathering of social media managers and industry influencers who want to change the world for good through our work in the digital space. E-mail kboue@outdoorindustry.org for details.  


Our Gift to You: Podcasts  

Need a distraction while running off all those holiday treats? Battling long layovers or driving the dreaded I-70 passes through Colorado on your way to Outdoor Retailer next week? Just want to treat your ears to outdoor audio bliss? Here, have a podcast: