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OIA Releases 2017 State-by-State Outdoor Recreation Report

A new report from the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) highlights the (significant) impact of outdoor recreation on state economies.

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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 27, 2017

MSU, Montana State University

Today in New West news: 406 Labs at Montana State University fosters startups; audio of Herbert, OIA call released; and UC Boulder researchers debut metamaterial providing “paper-thin air-conditioning.”

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Utah Governor Calls Outdoor Retailer Decision “Offensive”

Downtown Salt Lake City

Last week, we reported that the Outdoor Industry Association was formally breaking with Utah leadership (including Governor Gary Herbert) over their “hostile” stance to public lands.

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OIA Condemns Utah Governor, Leadership Over Public Lands Stance

In a call with Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) sought common ground on the question of public lands in America.

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Outdoor Industry Association Should Stand Up For Wilderness

Two weeks ago while researching an article on outdoor recreation trends, I stumbled across an item on the website of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) that shocked me. In a past life, I was an OIA member and exhibited at the organization’s trade shows for many years, so I feel safe in saying that with few exceptions, such as large box stores like Cabelas that may sell both backpacks and ATV accessories, the organization represents businesses that sell gear for wilderness-related outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, and paddling. In fact, we probably can credit OIA with coining the words “human powered” or “muscle powered” to refer to non-motorized recreation. OIA membership includes retail giants like REI and Eastern Mountain Sports, but most members are your local hiking, climbing or paddling store, a few of which also sell bicycles. Given that background, pardon my surprise to discover that this non-motorized industry association has strongly supported continued use of motorized recreation in inventoried roadless areas in our national forests.

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“Big Look” Takes Off, Treading Shifting Sands

by Sam Lowry A scholarly Frenchman, once asked about rap music, said he thought it would be the savior of creativity in language ... or something like that. It’s clear what he was saying: Get used to it. Adapt. Oregonians of a certain stripe are having to do a whole lot of adapting right now as the entire state’s culture, the very spirit of the age, rounds the corner into the post-Measure-37 era. The property-rights initiative, passed by 61 percent of Oregonians in 2004, dealt a body-blow to the state’s 30-year-old land use planning program. These fans of statewide planning grapple with grief, disorientation, and disgust. And they hang their hopes for a bright future on a new ten-member task force, charged with finding new direction now that Measure 37 has had its constitutionality recently affirmed by the state Supreme Court. There are good reasons for hope – but it’s not that simple...

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