Patagonia hails Biden’s new public-lands protections

Out of doors model Patagonia has been working with native indigenous and environmental teams to advocate for shielding Bears Ears since 2013, supplying native teams with environmental grants, donations to native communities, and common use of firm communication channels to amplify its sturdy outside enterprise voice in Utah to name for defense. The primary piece of its public marketing campaign was the 2015 quick movie “Outlined by the Line” about climber and activist Josh Ewing and his work round defending Bears Ears.

After Trump’s election, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a decision difficult Obama’s designation for the realm and known as on President Trump to rescind the nationwide monument standing from Bears Ears. That transfer sparked Patagonia and the most important outdoor-recreation corporations within the U.S. to pull their official trade show out of Salt Lake City, the commerce present’s dwelling for the final 20 years, in protest. Quickly after, Patagonia labored with Google to create a sequence of 10 360-degree movies to lift consciousness of the cultural and leisure significance of Bears Ears by way of immersive tales from Native American tribal leaders and outside athletes.

Later in 2017, the corporate created its first-ever TV spot to run on tv and radio in then-Inside Secretary Ryan Zinke’s dwelling state of Montana to remind him that he as soon as mentioned, “Our greatest treasures are public lands.” The corporate additionally purchased TV and radio advert time in Utah and Nevada, the place Bears Ears, Grand Staircase Escalante, Gold Butte, and Basin and Vary Nationwide Monuments have been beneath risk.


In December 2017, the Trump administration mentioned the rationale it had shrunk the nationwide monuments was to switch use rights again to the state of Utah and that oil and fuel drilling was not the precedence. Patagonia had launched an consciousness marketing campaign, declaring “The President Stole Your Land.” Now the model is including to that accusation, posting on its web site and social channels, “The President Stole Your Land and You Have been Lied To.”

The corporate joined different teams to sue Trump, Zinke, the secretary of agriculture, the director of the Bureau of Land Administration and the chief of the Forest Service, saying that the Antiquities Act of 1906 gave presidents the ability to create nationwide monuments, however not the ability to cut back them.

After studying that Biden would restore the protections of Bears Ears, Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert issued a press release saying, “We wish to thank the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition for his or her management and thank all of our buddies within the Indigenous and environmental communities who’ve labored to guard Bears Ears Nationwide Monument. We additionally wish to thank the Biden administration, particularly Secretary Haaland, for his or her work to revive protections for greater than one million acres of sacred land. We now have a shared accountability to preserve these necessary cultural landscapes for future generations.”