Several outdoor companies announced Monday they would boycott the Outdoor Retailer (OR) trade show events if they were moved from Denver to Salt Lake City. Their reasoning is that they suspect the Utah state government has unacceptable plans for some state national monuments and public lands. The announcement came after the Conservation Alliance wrote in a press release that Emerald Expositions, the organizer of the OR shows (and others), had expressed continued interest in moving OR to Utah, despite widespread industry objections.
Utah had lost the $45 million trade show after state lawmakers asked President Donald Trump in February 2017 to unlawfully reverse the designation of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante as national monuments – against protests from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and more than 3 million Americans who filed public comments. Although those protections have since been restored under President Joe Biden, Utah’s elected officials are allegedly once again trying to strip federal protections from these lands, while also trying to get Emerald to relocate OR from Denver back to Salt Lake City.
More details in our sister publication, The Outdoor Industry Compass.