Photo: Blair Witte, John Sterling, and Gareth Martins on Capitol Hill
The Conservation Alliance led a delegation to Washington, DC last week, to participate in the annual Great Outdoors America Week (GO Week). The event is designed to convene a broad group of stakeholders to demonstrate widespread support for protected public lands. Representing the outdoor business community, the Alliance delegation joined groups from the conservation, hunter/angler, youth, and military communities.
The Alliance group included Gareth Martins (Osprey Packs), Blair Witte (The North Face), and Alliance Executive Director John Sterling. The team met with nine Congressional offices in two days, voicing business support for legislation that would protect wild lands and rivers throughout the US.
Martins and Sterling also participated in a briefing on Capitol Hill entitled "Conservation and the Outdoor Economy", which included representatives from Outdoor Industry Association, Vail Mountain Resorts, and Western Spirit Cycling Adventures. The panel provided insights into the many ways that protected lands benefits outdoor business and outdoor recreation.