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Outdoor States Podcast

Drew Simmons, Pale Morning Media

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Talking with outdoor recreation advocates and policy makers about their local scene, their local structure and their local plans that feature the outdoor recreation economy

Latest Episodes

05.31.19 THE RISE OF STATE 'BACKPACK TAXES' (and a little about tariffs) with Amy Roberts of Outdoor Industry Association

Subscribe to Outdoor States Podcast on iTunes. Theme music by Chicky Stoltz "Is it a lack of funding? Or a lack of priorities?” “Is the rise of State (“backpack tax” proposals) compensating for a lack of leadership on outdoor funding at the national level?” “Can the LWCF truly take care of all the funding requests out there for recreation, conservation and stewardship?” This spring, after Washington state legislators rolled out a proposal for a tax increase on outdoor products (HB2122), outdoor industry companies and retailers in the state rallied to oppose the measure. Known as a “backpack tax,” this targeted fundraising tool has emerged at the state level in the past, but in the current climate of proposed tariff increases and other economic challenges, there’s never been a better time to get a little more educated about the issue. Amy Roberts, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association, goes deep on the topic in this interview, providing both background and anti...

38 MINMAY 31
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05.31.19 THE RISE OF STATE 'BACKPACK TAXES' (and a little about tariffs) with Amy Roberts of Outdoor Industry Association

05.02.19

"How do we empower a generation of culturally diverse leaders? By bringing them together, inviting them to find the common ground in the outdoors, and letting them tell us what it means to be an active citizen.” Juan Martinez is the director of strategic partnerships for the Children and Nature Network, and Youth and Community Leadership Fellow for the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute. Martin LeBlanc is the principal of LBC Action and a senior advisor for the Children and Nature Network. Together, the two are primary engines behind Fresh Tracks —a program of the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute — which launched in 2015 following a call from President Obama for bold new programsthat use the outdoors to broaden horizons for young Americans facing persistentopportunity gaps.

45 MINMAY 3
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05.02.19

04.26.19 VERMONT with Jessica Savage and Becca Washburn

As two of the primary organizational forces supporting the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative, Jessica Savage and Becca Washburn had a huge part in launching the 2019 VOREC "outdoor recreation friendly" community grant program. The VOREC grant will apply $100,000 this spring and summer to support the growing recreation economies in Randolph and Newport, Vt.

51 MINAPR 30
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04.26.19 VERMONT with Jessica Savage and Becca Washburn

04.11.19 NORTH CAROLINA and Noah Wilson

Noah Wilson is one of Western North Carolina's leading outdoor recreation economy advocates, and was a key player in the region's successful efforts to win a $1.8 million Appalachian Regional Commission/POWER grant, which will go toward expanding the outdoor industry and related jobs in the region. His work in outdoor industry organizing began with a formative role in the creation of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, and will continue as one of the lead implementers of the broad-based initiatives funded by the ARC/POWER grant.

51 MINAPR 12
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04.11.19 NORTH CAROLINA and Noah Wilson

Outdoor States with Washington's Jon Snyder

In Washington state, Jon Snyder is the Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee. He’s also a former journalist, music fan, and all-around fascinating guy.

43 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Outdoor States with Washington's Jon Snyder

12.19.18 Utah Hits Full Stride

From the celebrated ‘case study success’ of Ogden to a $5 million annual Outdoor Recreation Grant, the state of Utah is making the most of their Office of Outdoor Recreation … which was the first in the country in 2013. Tom Adams is the office’s director, and brings a lifetime of outdoor experience to the role, from work as a ski instructor and horsepacking guide to an 8 year stint with Petzl.

43 MIN2018 DEC 20
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12.19.18 Utah Hits Full Stride

12.13.18 Maine Makes a Move

Jim Hauptman is one of the founders of Maine Outdoor Brands and a leading advocate for an office of outdoor recreation at the state level. Things have been moving quickly in Maine since their first gathering of outdoor brands in January 2017.

52 MIN2018 DEC 14
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12.13.18 Maine Makes a Move

NEW MEXICO hones in on economics of National Monuments

Jeff Steinborn is theSouthern New Mexico Director of NewMexico Wild.As the Southern New Mexico Director for New Mexico Wild, Jeffhelped establish the successful campaign to protect the OrganMountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. After serving foreight years in the New Mexico House of Representatives Jeff waselected to the New Mexico Senate in 2016. He is also a primary organizer of the Outdoor Economics Conference, and a leading advocate for an office of Outdoor Recreation in New Mexico.

37 MIN2018 DEC 12
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NEW MEXICO hones in on economics of National Monuments

The Duluth outdoor miracle: a city's reinvention and reinvigoration

Hansi Johnson’s current position with the Minnesota Land Trust is focused on helping the City of Duluth re-envision how it uses more than 11,000 acres of open space in the City limits. The work centers on the idea of using destination class outdoor recreation to turn these un-used spaces into life changing recreational experiences for the people who live and also visit Duluth. The core idea being creating a better quality of life for those who live here and for those who may want to live here in the future. It also comes with a recent commitment of $20 million … and the support of numerous activity based organizations (ski, bike, hike, climb and paddle) which honed in on working to make Duluth an even better place to live, through celebrating its open space versus apologize for it.

63 MIN2018 DEC 7
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The Duluth outdoor miracle: a city's reinvention and reinvigoration

Michigan flexes their outdoor muscle

Marc Miller is the Outdoor Recreation Industry and Regional Initiatives Deputy at Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A natural resources professional and conservationist, Marc’s role is focused on working to improve public engagement and collaboration with stakeholders, including the outdoor recreation industry and local officials and communities. Marc previously served as the Director of the Illinois DNR for six years, bringing a strong conservation ethic, inclusiveness, professionalism, and science-based decision making to the agency.

43 MIN2018 NOV 30
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Michigan flexes their outdoor muscle

Latest Episodes

05.31.19 THE RISE OF STATE 'BACKPACK TAXES' (and a little about tariffs) with Amy Roberts of Outdoor Industry Association

Subscribe to Outdoor States Podcast on iTunes. Theme music by Chicky Stoltz "Is it a lack of funding? Or a lack of priorities?” “Is the rise of State (“backpack tax” proposals) compensating for a lack of leadership on outdoor funding at the national level?” “Can the LWCF truly take care of all the funding requests out there for recreation, conservation and stewardship?” This spring, after Washington state legislators rolled out a proposal for a tax increase on outdoor products (HB2122), outdoor industry companies and retailers in the state rallied to oppose the measure. Known as a “backpack tax,” this targeted fundraising tool has emerged at the state level in the past, but in the current climate of proposed tariff increases and other economic challenges, there’s never been a better time to get a little more educated about the issue. Amy Roberts, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association, goes deep on the topic in this interview, providing both background and anti...

38 MINMAY 31
Comments
05.31.19 THE RISE OF STATE 'BACKPACK TAXES' (and a little about tariffs) with Amy Roberts of Outdoor Industry Association

05.02.19

"How do we empower a generation of culturally diverse leaders? By bringing them together, inviting them to find the common ground in the outdoors, and letting them tell us what it means to be an active citizen.” Juan Martinez is the director of strategic partnerships for the Children and Nature Network, and Youth and Community Leadership Fellow for the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute. Martin LeBlanc is the principal of LBC Action and a senior advisor for the Children and Nature Network. Together, the two are primary engines behind Fresh Tracks —a program of the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute — which launched in 2015 following a call from President Obama for bold new programsthat use the outdoors to broaden horizons for young Americans facing persistentopportunity gaps.

45 MINMAY 3
Comments
05.02.19

04.26.19 VERMONT with Jessica Savage and Becca Washburn

As two of the primary organizational forces supporting the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative, Jessica Savage and Becca Washburn had a huge part in launching the 2019 VOREC "outdoor recreation friendly" community grant program. The VOREC grant will apply $100,000 this spring and summer to support the growing recreation economies in Randolph and Newport, Vt.

51 MINAPR 30
Comments
04.26.19 VERMONT with Jessica Savage and Becca Washburn

04.11.19 NORTH CAROLINA and Noah Wilson

Noah Wilson is one of Western North Carolina's leading outdoor recreation economy advocates, and was a key player in the region's successful efforts to win a $1.8 million Appalachian Regional Commission/POWER grant, which will go toward expanding the outdoor industry and related jobs in the region. His work in outdoor industry organizing began with a formative role in the creation of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, and will continue as one of the lead implementers of the broad-based initiatives funded by the ARC/POWER grant.

51 MINAPR 12
Comments
04.11.19 NORTH CAROLINA and Noah Wilson

Outdoor States with Washington's Jon Snyder

In Washington state, Jon Snyder is the Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee. He’s also a former journalist, music fan, and all-around fascinating guy.

43 MIN2018 DEC 21
Comments
Outdoor States with Washington's Jon Snyder

12.19.18 Utah Hits Full Stride

From the celebrated ‘case study success’ of Ogden to a $5 million annual Outdoor Recreation Grant, the state of Utah is making the most of their Office of Outdoor Recreation … which was the first in the country in 2013. Tom Adams is the office’s director, and brings a lifetime of outdoor experience to the role, from work as a ski instructor and horsepacking guide to an 8 year stint with Petzl.

43 MIN2018 DEC 20
Comments
12.19.18 Utah Hits Full Stride

12.13.18 Maine Makes a Move

Jim Hauptman is one of the founders of Maine Outdoor Brands and a leading advocate for an office of outdoor recreation at the state level. Things have been moving quickly in Maine since their first gathering of outdoor brands in January 2017.

52 MIN2018 DEC 14
Comments
12.13.18 Maine Makes a Move

NEW MEXICO hones in on economics of National Monuments

Jeff Steinborn is theSouthern New Mexico Director of NewMexico Wild.As the Southern New Mexico Director for New Mexico Wild, Jeffhelped establish the successful campaign to protect the OrganMountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. After serving foreight years in the New Mexico House of Representatives Jeff waselected to the New Mexico Senate in 2016. He is also a primary organizer of the Outdoor Economics Conference, and a leading advocate for an office of Outdoor Recreation in New Mexico.

37 MIN2018 DEC 12
Comments
NEW MEXICO hones in on economics of National Monuments

The Duluth outdoor miracle: a city's reinvention and reinvigoration

Hansi Johnson’s current position with the Minnesota Land Trust is focused on helping the City of Duluth re-envision how it uses more than 11,000 acres of open space in the City limits. The work centers on the idea of using destination class outdoor recreation to turn these un-used spaces into life changing recreational experiences for the people who live and also visit Duluth. The core idea being creating a better quality of life for those who live here and for those who may want to live here in the future. It also comes with a recent commitment of $20 million … and the support of numerous activity based organizations (ski, bike, hike, climb and paddle) which honed in on working to make Duluth an even better place to live, through celebrating its open space versus apologize for it.

63 MIN2018 DEC 7
Comments
The Duluth outdoor miracle: a city's reinvention and reinvigoration

Michigan flexes their outdoor muscle

Marc Miller is the Outdoor Recreation Industry and Regional Initiatives Deputy at Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A natural resources professional and conservationist, Marc’s role is focused on working to improve public engagement and collaboration with stakeholders, including the outdoor recreation industry and local officials and communities. Marc previously served as the Director of the Illinois DNR for six years, bringing a strong conservation ethic, inclusiveness, professionalism, and science-based decision making to the agency.

43 MIN2018 NOV 30
Comments
Michigan flexes their outdoor muscle