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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of November 13, 2017 We’re excited to announce our upcoming webinar series: “Digging into Sustainability: Tactical Tools for Your Brand.” Join us for the following three webinars to learn more about implementing sustainable materials and chemicals management programs. These webinars will formally introduce the Getting Started Guides…

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Comment Today on the Proposed National Park Service Fee Increase

The Department of the Interior recently announced that the National Park Service is considering increasing entrance fees to 17 of America’s favorite national parks. We invite you to comment on the NPS proposal and ask that the administration strongly consider the comments they receive. We believe that Congress and the administration should prioritize funding for outdoor recreation…

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Veterans: The Best Employees You’re Not Hiring

Contributed by Dave Petri, VP Marketing, Nester Hosiery. This article originally ran in 2016. What if your retail store or your product manufacturing facility moved every day or every week or even every month? Can you imagine the logistical challenges your purchasing manager or supply chain manager would face? Well, that’s exactly what the United States…

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OIA Statement on New Department of Interior Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee

In response to today’s announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about the establishment of the “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, Outdoor Industry Association released the following statement. “Outdoor Industry Association appreciates the establishment of the ‘Made in America’ Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee at the Department of the Interior and we look forward to having…

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Must-Have Tools For Sustainability Teams

Sustainability is paramount for any business that wants to work smart these days. Responsible supply chain management leads to smart product development, efficient operations and, ultimately, cost savings. Think its too big a lift for one person or a small department? Take it one step—or meeting or webinar—at a time. Adopt the Higg Index This…

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Wyoming: OREC Rising 

When you think of Wyoming it’s likely that the Tetons, Yellowstone, elk and pronghorn hunting, trout fishing, and skiing come to mind. When Wyoming thinks of itself, its future includes all those things as the cornerstone of a robust outdoor recreation economy.  Over the past year, the state of Wyoming, under the leadership of Republican Governor Matt Mead, has given a heightened level of attention to outdoor recreation.  “The business…

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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of November 6, 2017   OIA Sustainability Working Group Meetings Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Registration for the OIA SWG Meetings at OR Winter Market is now open! OIA’s Sustainability Working Group wants to make environmental and social best practices in the supply chain a core value in…

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U.S. Government Report: Climate Change Exists, Humans a Leading Cause

Last Friday, the Trump administration released the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report. This assessment, required by Congress, concluded the following: It is extremely likely that humans and greenhouse gas emissions are the leading cause of global warming since the mid-20th century. It is important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order…

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#SaveLWCF, Save North Carolina’s Outdoor Treasures

After a successful bid to get the Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorized in 2015, we are again facing its expiration in October 2018. For the next year, the LWCF Coalition will be creating weekly profiles to show where Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars go to support significant public land and recreation projects in…

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Remembering Fred Beckey

Fred Beckey was an American outdoor icon. Hailed seemingly unanimously as climbing’s ultimate icon and legend, Beckey was more than that. He pioneered what it means to be a dirtbag—in the best meaning of that word. He was a true pursuer of the unknown. Beckey shaped climbing culture—and by extension, outdoor culture—with his ambition, wit and…

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