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Friday, August 10,2012

Outdoor industry threatens Utah over enviro policy

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Canyonlands National Park in Utah

At the just-concluded Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake, the multibillion dollar outdoor industry issued blunt notice to Utah Governor Gary Herbert over the state’s fight to gain control over federal wilderness and BLM land: Be friendlier to the state’s environment and public lands or we’ll take the OR show and the millions it pumps into Utah elsewhere.

“Beyond setting bad national precedent, these policies threaten the recreation infrastructure that is fundamental to the outdoor industry…We have not and will not sit silently on threats to the nation’s recreation infrastructure,” said the letter to Herbert from the Outdoor Industry Association. Earlier this month, Peter Metcalf, CEO of Utah-based Black Diamond and one of the highest-profile industry environmental activists, told Herbert pretty much the same thing. 

Read more at Adventure Journal.

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