OIA Rendezvous to Focus on Future of Outdoor Retail

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Boulder, Colo. – Discounted housing at Loews Coronado Bay for the Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous in San Diego will not be available after Sept. 6. The 3-day event is expected to draw hundreds of outdoor industry professionals.

The event focuses on the future of outdoor retail and millenials. Presentations will highlight innovative leadership, dynamic diversity and the consumer revolution. These events are designed to help businesses understand consumer behavior and how to adapt and thrive.

Outdoor Industry Association Names 2013-2014 Board of Directors

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oia logoBoulder, Colo. – Last month, the Outdoor Industry Association announced selections for the 2013-2014 Board of Directors, including Jennifer Mull, CEO of Backwoods, Inc. as chair; Zohar Ziv, president and COO of Deckers Corp. as 1st vice chair; Casey Sheahan, CEO of Patagonia, as 2nd vice chair; Travis Campbell, CEO of Far Bank Enterprises as treasurer; and Sue Rechner, president and CEO of Confluence Watersports as secretary.

Canadian Section of Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Perilous Due to Flooding Advises Adventure Cycling Association

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great divide mountain bike routeMissoula, Mont. – Cyclists planning to ride the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in Canada this year have been advised by the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA)—which developed and maintains the route—to change their plans.

Reports have been coming in of washed-out bridges, destroyed roads and fast-moving rivers and creeks due to extensive flooding and flood damage throughout the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, making those sections of the route dangerous for cyclists, warns the ACA.

OIA Hires Trade Policy Advisor

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Boulder, Colo. – The Outdoor Industry Association is bringing on Rich Harper as trade policy advisor. Harper will promote the OIA's trade and business policy goals, focusing specifically on tariff reform, the U.S. Outdoor Act, as well as international trade agreements. He will work from the OIA's Washington D.C. offices that were established in 2012 to advance outdoor industry interests on Capitol Hill.

NASA Aerial Survey a Boon to Backcountry Users

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airborne snow observatoryPasadena, Calif. – A new NASA airborne mission has taken off to survey the snowpack of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to help estimate how much water will issue from snowmelt in the region. The surveys were conducted by a Twin Otter aircraft carrying sensing equipment that two months ago began weekly flights over the Tuolumne River Basin. Information collected by NASA’s “Airborne Snow Observatory” in conjunction with on-the-ground surveys and remote sensors will provide highly detailed near real-time maps that even show snow depth.

2013 USA Freestyle Kayak Team to Get Gear From Kokatat

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KokatatArcata, CA – At the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s (NOC) Freestyle Shootout and 2013 USA Canoe/Kayak Freestyle Team Trials, the 2013 USA Freestyle Kayak Team was named this April in Bryson City, North Carolina. Kokatat will be outfitting members of the team with its Gore-Tex Full Zip Jacket and Paddling Trunks as part of the team’s official uniform.

Among the paddlers named to the team were Kokatat athletes Dane Jackson, Eric “EJ” Jackson, Clay Wright, Jason Craig, Adriene Levknecht, Hunter Katich, and Bennett Smith. 

Embrace-a-Stream Grants Awarded

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Embrace-a-StreamArlington, VA – Trout Unlimited’s (TU) 2013 Embrace-a-Stream grants have totaled $115,000 to 20 TU chapters in 16 states. The grant program has helped fund grassroots conservation efforts since 1975 and has contributed to over 1,000 projects and more than $4 million in that time. On top of the grant funds, local TU chapters and state councils have also contributed $13 million in cash and in-kind service to Embrace-a-Stream-funded projects.

Half of US Rivers No Good for Aquatic Life Says EPA

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Washington, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that 55 percent of the stream and river miles in the U.S. are in poor condition for aquatic life, according to the most recent data available from the 2008-2009 National Rivers and Stream Assessment.

States, tribes and other EPA partners collected data from approximately 2,000 sites, which were then analyzed by EPA, state and university scientists. Factors analyzed include the extent to which rivers and streams support aquatic life, how major stressors may affect them and how conditions are changing over time.

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