Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow Leaving Utah Over Public Lands Issues

The Outdoor Retailer tradeshow is leaving its longstanding host site Salt Lake City amid land use issues.

The move comes in the make of major outdoor brands Patagonia, Arc’teryx, Ibex and Polartec pulling support of the show, citing Utah’s effort to remove the monument designation of Bears Ears National Monument.

After an unproductive meeting between Gov. Gary Herbert and outdoor recreation business representatives, the Outdoor Industry Association, the trade organization with close ties to the show issued this statement:

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“Unfortunately, what we heard from Gov. Herbert was more of the same. It is clear that the governor indeed has a different perspective on the protections of public lands from that of our members and the majority of Western state voters, both Republicans and Democrats — that’s bad for our American heritage, and it’s bad for our businesses. We are therefore continuing our search for a new home as soon as possible.”

The tradeshow brings about 40,000 visitors and $45 million to Salt Lake City each year.