Center for Western Priorities Facebook
Center for Western Priorities Twitter
Center for Western Priorities Videos

GET EMAIL UPDATES

STATEMENT as more outdoor businesses leave Utah trade show in protest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2017

DENVER—What began as a trickle has become a flood, as more outdoor recreation businesses announced Friday they will skip the Outdoor Retailer trade show in protest of Utah politicians’ anti-public lands agenda. The twice-yearly trade show generates about $45 million annually for Utah’s economy.

The Center for Western Priorities issued the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Governor Herbert is telling outdoor businesses to ‘take the politics out of this issue,’ yet he is personally lobbying President Trump to roll back national monuments in Utah and threatening a lawsuit to force the American people to dispose of nearly all their public lands in the state.

“Now Utah is finally reaping what its politicians have sown. Outdoor recreation businesses, one of the state’s most important industries, are sick and tired of being taken for granted. Americans of all stripes, from sportsmen to conservationists to business leaders aren’t going to sit idle as Gary Herbert, Jason Chaffetz, and the rest of Utah’s politicians erode America’s parks and public lands.”

Both the Outdoor Industry Association and the Outdoor Retailer have indicated that they are seriously considering moving the trade show after its contract with Salt Lake City expires in 2018.

Name brand outdoor retailers Patagonia and Arc’teryx have followed suit, announcing that they would not participate in the Outdoor Retailer for as long as it is in Utah. Other brands—including Peak Designs, Kammock, Polartec, and Power Practical—are coming forward daily with their intention to boycott Utah.

For more information, visit westernpriorities.org. To speak with an expert on public lands, contact Aaron Weiss at 720-279-0019 or aaron@westernpriorities.org.

Latest News

@WstrnPriorities on Twitter


4 days ago
A riveting first-person account from @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf about how her first bow hunt turned her into a public lands advocate for life.

https://t.co/iGyLWHZZpS
5 days ago
NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.

https://t.co/jrFZxOUHgw
6 days ago
UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:

https://t.co/JyV5Xd6C5J
6 days ago
New from @GregorZimmer: The Land & Water Conservation Fund is wildly popular with Republicans and Democrats in Montana. So why is @SecretaryZinke trying to defund it?

https://t.co/hiuJlwTozz https://t.co/QoaYYRsvXq
WstrnPriorities photo

FROM THE BLOG


Interior Secretary Zinke wants to defund a vital land conservation program he supposedly supports

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has turned his back on Montana, a state he represented in Congress until last year. The...

February 15th, 2018

In their own words: Interior Department admits it’s helping oil and gas companies at the expense of taxpayers, clean air

At the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will effectively eliminate a...

February 15th, 2018

Trump’s “Energy Dominance” Reality Check

The fact is, U.S. oil production hit new heights during the Obama administration. Same with natural gas. The Trump administration’s...

February 8th, 2018