Boulder, Colo. —The Outdoors Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) has named 26 women as participants in its 2016 Professional Mentoring Program class. The 9-month program is now in its fourth year.
Bend, Ore. — The Conservation Alliance has announced seven outdoor industry companies have joined its ranks since August 2015. New members include Garmont, Hipcamp, Nuun, Seaview Outfitters, Shift Advantage, Ursack, and Cascade Designs (parent company of MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus, SealLine, and PackTowl).
Cortez, Colo. — Osprey Packs will be an official partner of the National Park Foundation in an effort to celebrate the National Park Service during its centennial year.
Osprey has committed a minimum pledge of $25,000 through the sale of exclusive packs to aid in the National Park Foundation’s mission to protect more than 84 million acres of national parks.
Brussels, Belgium – Key players in the European sports industry have opened a joint office called the House of Sport, which will serve as the headquarters for EU sports lobby work.
Silver Spring, Md. — The American Hiking Society just released its 2016 Alternative Break trip schedule that includes trail work projects in seven different states including Arkansas, California, Florida, Missouri, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.
Potomac, Md. — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently donned a helmet and climbing harness and joined renowned climber Tommy Caldwell on a rock face in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Accompanying them on the climb and short hike were 25 third-graders from Elsie Whitlow Stokes Charter School in Washington, D.C.
Maine/North Carolina — Apple, in an effort to get 100 percent of its paper packaging from renewable resources, straight-up bought 36,000 acres of private forest land across two sites, one in Maine and one in North Carolina. It will occasionally harvest the land for packaging materials in a sustainable manner, aiming to keep the forest alive and healthy for future use.