Osprey Packs: Official Partner of the National Park Foundation

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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.

Interior secretary highlights youth parks initiative with a rock climb

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Climber Tommy Caldwell assists kids.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.

Keen Announces Annual Charity Grantees

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Muddy SneakersPortland, Ore. — Keen has announced six nonprofits who will get grant money from the company this spring. The charities, which will receive $10,000 each, support a wide range of causes under the theme of inspiring people to get outdoors.

Apple Wanted Sustainable Packaging … So It Bought a Forest

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brunswick forestMaine/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.

Responsible Down Standard 2.0 Now Available

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RDS certified logoO'Donnell, Texas — Textile Exchange has released an updated version of its Responsible Down Standard, a certification released last year aimed at improving the treatment of the ducks and geese that supply down for the outdoor industry. The new version has some stricter requirements, including banning parallel production, which means that farms will no longer be able to carry certified and non-certified waterfowl at the same location.

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