The outdoor recreation industry, which is THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN THE FOSSIL FUELS INDUSTRY, has its biggest show in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's the biggest convention in Utah each year bringing $40 million in direct spending to the state over two five day periods. Utah is a battle ground (so is Tennessee) in the war between those who would destroy public lands for the benefit of a few corporations and those who want to protect public lands for the benefit of every member of the actual public. The Outdoor Industry is telling the governor of Utah to make a decision whether to support the people's lands or the corporations.

The outdoor industry creates three times the amount of jobs than the fossil fuels industry, yet the Governor has spent most of his time in office trying to rip taxpayer-owned lands out from under us and hand them over to drilling and mining companies. And just a few days ago, the state announced plans to sue the federal government to reverse the recent protection of Bears Ears, a site containing thousands of years of Native American archeological treasures and craggy red rocks beloved by climbers from all over the world. Politicians in the state don’t seem to get that the outdoor industry – and their own state economy – depend on access to public lands for recreation.

Yvonne Chouinard...Founder Patagonia

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