Obama Urged to Protect Canyonlands by Outdoor Companies

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Greater CanyonlandsThe Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) in conjunction with over 100 outdoor recreation businesses has urged President Obama to proclaim the Greater Canyonlands a national monument.

Signers include Patagonia, Camelbak, Eastern Mountain Sports and Prana, as well as local Utah businesses such as Rim Tours, Moab Cliffs and Canyons, and Canyon Voyages Adventure Company.

Watchable Wildlife is a Growing Outdoor Activity

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According to the Department of Environment Conservation (DEC), watchable wildlife is the fastest growing segment for family travel. In collaboration with the DEC, New York State, which ranks fifth in the U.S. for watchable wildlife participants, is introducing a new program in response to the growing trend.

The New York State Watchable Wildlife program informs outdoor participants about how and where to safely view local species like black bears, bald eagles, moose, river otters, and an array of birds. 

Pink Fly Fishing Kayaks Help “Casting for Recovery” Breast Cancer Survivors

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Emotion Kayaks PinkEmotion Kayaks has released a special edition fly fishing pink kayak, the Emotion Glide Angler Kayak, with a portion of the proceeds going to Casting for Recovery, a non-profit that offers free fly fishing retreats for women affected by breast cancer.

Sporting the organization’s logo, the Emotion Glide is a 9’8” sit-inside fishing kayak and features two Scotty Fly Rod Holders with threaded mounts. It also has a padded adjustable seat, thigh pads and an adjustable foot brace system.  Available for purchase in the Lifetime Store Online, the Emotion Glide Angler is sold for $550 with $25 of each sale donated.

Amazon Pays CA Sales Tax; Will Federal Legislation Soon Follow?

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Amazon.com Inc, the world's largest online retailer, is collecting sales tax from internet purchases in the state of California. Although Amazon's compliance was a unique compromise between the e-commerce giant and Gov. Jerry Brown, it is a milestone for brick and mortar stores.

For more than a decade, Main Street has demanded uniform taxation for retail sales nationwide. Will this lead to a federal law?

The Conservation Alliance Contributes $700,000 in Grants

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conservation alliianceThe Conservation Alliance gave grants totaling $700,000 to 19 organization working to protect natural spaces throughout North America, marking the largest funding cycle in the organization’s 23-year history. This is the second disbursal of funds for 2012, and brings the 2012 contributions to $1.3 million.

Secretary of the Interior Establishes America's Great Outdoors in the DOI

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Ken SalazarWashington – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has formalized the Department of the Interior’s support for President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoor initiative by signing a Secretarial Order to establish the program in the department.

The department will help leverage resources for projects the Secretarial Order has identified in all 50 states, including conservation and restoration work as well as the creation of new urban outdoor spaces.

The signed secretarial order can be view at the Department of Interior page.

Bomber Gear Supports the Humane Society

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Bomber gear has chosen 10 local Humane Society chapters across the U.S. and will donate a portion of this year's sales—up to $10,000—to these organizations. To reach this end, the company donated 1$ for every Facebook “like” during the month of August. It also partnered with Contour and other dog-centric brands like Zuke's and D-Fa to hold contests and events at Outdoor Retailer.

Bomber Gear chose to support the Humane society because the brand feels that dogs are an essential part of the adventure experience and are also a unifying interest among the greater outdoor industry.

The North Face Announces Explore Fund Grant Recipients

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The North FaceThe North Face has announced the recipients of $125,000 in Explore Fund grants to 51 non-profit organizations in 23 different states across the country, all of which work to connect youth to the outdoors. This is the first of two cycles of grants totaling $250,000 annually. The Explore Fund's mission is to inspire the next generation of outdoor explorers by funding non-profits who are reconnecting young people with nature. The non-profit programs must emphasize access to outdoor recreation and education about personal and environmental health.

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