February 07, 2017

Much unrest in the outdoor world as unaligned values continue.

Patagonia Boycotts Major Event In Utah Over GOP Push To Undo Conservation Effort

The outdoor-gear retailer has declared war on the state’s Republican-controlled government.

02/07/2017 11:25 am ET

Alexander C. KaufmanSenior Business Editor, The Huffington Post

Patagonia quit a major outdoor retailer trade show on Tuesday over Utah’s move to reverse a national monument designation that former President Barack Obama made during his last weeks in office.

The company threatened last month to withdraw from Salt Lake City’s biannual Outdoor Retailer Show ― a trade show that brings in 45,000 visitors who spend more than $40 million each year ― if Utah Gov. Gay Herbert (R) signed legislation asking President Donald Trump to undo the designation of Bears Ears National Monument in the state. Herbert inked such a bill into law on Friday.

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