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4 Recent Developments In The Public Land Heist  

March 25, 2016

At last August’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, a standing-room-only crowd of outdoorists passionately discussed the state of the public lands heist. Since then, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and our friends at Outdoor Alliance have been applying pressure to stop the heist through action alerts, op–eds, and at various state capitols. We jointly created to track…

The Conservation Alliance Grants $110,000 to Defend Public Lands

June 27, 2017

The Conservation Alliance awarded nine emergency grants to organizations working to defend public lands. The grants, totaling $110,000, come from the organization’s new Public Lands Defense Fund, created to preserve and defend the integrity of America’s public lands system.  The Conservation Alliance has awarded a total of $145,000 in grants from this fund in 2017…

Public Lands: We Can't Cash Out. We Must Lean In.

April 12, 2016

When I go outside—or, more often when I’m scheming and daydreaming about getting out—the narrative relies on vivid sensory details of the environment and the experience. I relish where and what and with whom. “Let’s go for a hike in the foothills after work. I bet the wildflowers are popping,” I might say to a…

Three Major Differences Between State Trust Lands and National Public Lands

April 5, 2016

In the past year, the battle over who owns America’s public lands has intensified. A few powerful special interests are pushing legislation to transfer millions of acres of mountains, forests, rivers, plains, and open spaces to state governments. Their goal is to see our public lands privatized, sold off or developed. Public lands are an…

Are Your Public Lands Being Stolen Behind Your Back?

July 21, 2015

Attempts to sell off or transfer our public lands to states, special interests or the highest bidder are mounting. While more and more states are exploring this ill-conceived idea, outdoor business leaders, sportsmen, the conservation community and the entire outdoor industry are joining forces to fight back and protect public lands. Here are a few ways you can…

H.R. 621 Is Dead. Meet The Woman Who Helped Kill It.

February 3, 2017

Several years ago, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a bill that proposed the sell-off of 3.3 million acres of public lands. The bill gained little traction, was reintroduced several times, and stalled in the House. But, last month, amid renewed threats by the incoming Congress to sell or transfer our national lands, Chaffetz reintroduced the…

Skip Yowell Leadership Lesson 3: There’s Strength In Numbers

August 9, 2016

It is no accident that Tania Lown-Hecht has worked for two nonprofit organizations in her brief career: one that helps kids with cancer and one that works to protect outdoor recreation. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area infatuated with being up high in the Sierra, a gift passed down from her father….

P-A-R-T-Why? Because It's OR Summer Market 2015

July 17, 2015

If you know of an event that’s missing from our list, email After a long day of meetings, OU sessions, dealings and small talk,  you’ve earned yourself a beer…maybe two. We’ve compiled this list of happy hours, parties and giveaway events so you can optimize your party-hopping. Check back frequently. We’ll update the list between now…