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.

Big City Mountaineers Moves to Accommodate Growth

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American Mountaineering CenterBig City Mountaineers (BCM) has moved from its headquarters in downtown Denver to the American Mountaineering Center located in Golden, Colorado.

The non-profit organization, which mentors underprivileged urban youth through wilderness expeditions, made the move to accommodate an anticipated doubling in the number of participants.

Collective Voice Forum Offers Input on OR Move

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For the third time in its history OR is on the move. Summer Market has outgrown the current facility at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah and Winter Market is on track for the same fate.

To help guide the decision making in moving the show's location Nielsen and OIA are attempting to evaluate all options with input from industry members. This input will be compiled on the Collective Voice website.

General Motors Supports GREEN Project to Foster Student Interest in the Outdoors

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General MotorsDetroit, MI – For the 23rd year General Motors is supporting GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) in partnership with the nonprofit Earth Force. Together they are attempting to foster student interest in the outdoors.

Last year GM mentors and over 9,000 students from nearly 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada waded into streams to analyze water quality. Six out of ten of those students reported wanting to continue working on issues addressed by the project.

To learn more about the program, visit the GM GREEN page of the Earth Force GREEN page.

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