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Outdoor Brands Write Open Letter to Trump Administration

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The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) wants to keep public lands, public. In an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump and Congress, over 100 OIA CEOs and Executive Director Amy Roberts, stressed the importance of allowing “public lands to stay in public hands.”

The CEOs of New Balance, Sorel, Timberland, VF Corporation and Brooks Running Company, were also among names signed on the open letter.

“It is an American right to roam in our public lands. The people of the United States, today and tomorrow, share equally in the ownership of these majestic places,” the letter said. “This powerful idea transcends party lines and sets our country apart from the rest of the world. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal, current or future, that devalues or compromises the integrity of our national public lands.”

The letter also pointed out the booming business of the outdoor industry, saying that the field contributes more than $650 billion a year to the economy, employs more than 6 million people and accumulates $80 billion in tax revenue.

The letter ended with a call to action: “We hold these views both as leaders of the outdoor industry — which creates significant economic value for this country — and as individuals who believe deeply that the next generation should be free to benefit from our national public lands as we and our families do today.”

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