In the Trump years, public and political activism by prominent players in the outdoor community has become almost a tradition – whether it was the move of the Outdoor Retailer trade show from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Denver, Colorado, in 2017 in protest of the Bears Ears National Monument controversy or hidden anti-Trump messages on the care labels of Patagonia’s stand-up shorts.
So it is no surprise that the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has issued a public statement officially applauding the confirmation of Rep. Debra Haaland as U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The Democrat is a member of the Laguna Pueblo and one of the first two indigenous women elected to the U.S. Congress. The OIA offers Haaland support and collaboration on conservation and sustainable development of public lands and recreation areas. Ryan Gellert, CEO of Patagonia, hopes she “will help transform the Department of the Interior from an agency prioritizing extractive industry profits to one protecting wild places and sustainable economic opportunity.”