Statement on Outdoor Industry Assoc. announcement that it will seek a new home for major trade shows currently hosted in Utah

Feb 17, 2017
Photo by Mason Cummings
Yesterday the Outdoor Industry Association announced that following unproductive public lands conversations with Utah Governor Gary Herbert the group will begin seeking bids from other states to host their trade shows.

The Wilderness Society commends the outdoor retail industry for making this important decision to stand by our nation’s public lands and with the millions of Americans who recreate on them.

The following statement is from Scott Miller, senior regional director for The Wilderness Society:

“The decisions coming from elected leaders in Utah threaten the well-being and future of our national parks, monuments, wilderness and other public lands that honor cultural diversity and drive Americans to seek adventures in the outdoors. The outdoor industry has made it clear that they cannot operate in good-faith in a state that is working against what fuels their economic security, including recreation, tourism and access to protected public lands.

It is highly discouraging seeing the governor and a handful of elected officials in Utah continuing to ignore the broad public support seen for America’s public lands. There are states across the country that celebrate and actively support protecting our public lands and would welcome the outdoor retailer shows. This should send a clear signal to Utah’s leadership-- In the wake of ongoing political attacks on our clean air and water, wildlife and sacred places, we will stand united in our beliefs and our business practices. A healthy environment is fundamental to a robust national economy and thriving American communities.”

Scott Miller