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Statement on Outdoor Retailer’s Return to Salt Lake City, Utah

March 24, 2022

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Julie Evans
Verde Brand Communications

BEND, Ore.

The Conservation Alliance Affirms its Commitment to Protecting Public Lands and National Monuments 

Following today’s announcement by Emerald Expositions (“Emerald”) that the Outdoor Retailer show will be returning to Utah, our position remains firm—we stand with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and in support of our public lands. We will not support or attend a trade show event in Utah so long as its elected officials continue attacks on national monuments and public lands protections, doing so would undermine our organizational mission and values.

We learned of Emerald’s decision this afternoon with no advance notice. We are incredibly disappointed. The Conservation Alliance, along with many of our members, have stated from the beginning that while we love the state of Utah, our commitment is to our partners and public lands conservation first and foremost.

It is our hope that Utah’s decision makers change course and commit to protecting public lands and national monuments. Should that be the case, we are happy and excited to return and engage with the state of Utah so long as assurances are made that the state will not file the previously planned litigation.

About The Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of 275 like-minded businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands, and climbing areas throughout North America. Membership in the Alliance is open to all companies who care about protecting our most threatened wild places for habitat and outdoor recreation. Since 1989, we have contributed more than $27,370,000 in grants to conservation organizations whose collective efforts have helped protect 73 million acres of land and 3,580 miles of rivers; stop or remove 37 dams; acquire 21 climbing areas; and designate five marine reserves. For complete information about The Conservation Alliance, visit