States Team Up to Support and Protect the Outdoors and the $900 Billion Industry It Creates

Last week, Colorado and seven other states (Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming)  signed the “Confluence Accords” – a treaty of sorts that commits the signors to various efforts to grow the outdoor recreation economy. The agreement dictates that the states adopt common principles aimed at: public education and promotion of the …

Climbing Wall Industry Reaching New Heights Ahead of Annual Summit

The annual Climbing Wall Association (“CWA”) Summit in Loveland, Colorado, kicks off the week of May 14, 2018, with pre-conferences leading up to the premier trade show for the indoor climbing industry on May 17-18th. This show will unlock endless opportunities for indoor rock climbing gyms, product manufacturers, recreation centers and other industry players to …

A Friend of the Outdoors: Colorado Governor Hints at Possible Presidential Run

Hints on a possible presidential run by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper could boost attention for outdoor-industry issues in the 2020 campaign. Hickenlooper was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to accept the annual “Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award” during the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) annual Capitol Summit and hinted at a possible 2020 presidential run. …

Mitigating the Risk of Infringing Goods by Working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A company’s brand is among its most valuable assets. Therefore, protecting a company’s trademarks is critically important. The importation into the United States of infringing goods presents a substantial brand risk to trademark owners. Few people are aware of the role that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plays in enforcing intellectual property rights …

Senior Tax Partner Informs Outdoor Retailer Crowd of Tax Reform Impact on Domestic Manufacturers

At Outdoor Retailer, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Senior Tax Partner Jim Walker updated the Outdoor Industry Association’s Made in America Working Group on the impact of federal tax reform on domestic manufacturers. The new rules providing for the immediate expensing of the cost of qualified property is guaranteed to have a major impact on any …

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show Kicks Off in Denver This Week

Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, the largest trade show in the outdoor industry, is set to kick off in Denver this week. Some 1,000 outdoor-oriented brands will be exhibiting in the Colorado Convention Center during the four-day event while the Outdoor Industry Association, a lead sponsor of Outdoor Retailer, hosts educational forums, presentations, and entertainment …

Intellectual Property Partner Summits Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson

On Christmas day, intellectual property partner, Gary Nelson, capped his holiday journey to “ground zero for adventure tourism” by summiting 16,050 foot Mt. Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak. Nelson, who has now scaled six of the “Seven Summits” – the highest points on each continent – was interviewed by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal about …

National Park Service Proposes Entrance Fee Increase for Several Popular Parks

The National Park Service (NPS)  has announced a proposal to increase entrance fees at 17 national parks. Currently, the fee for private vehicles is between $25 and $30, while the fee for motorcycles is $15-25 and $10-15 for pedestrians and bikers. Under the proposal, the fees would increase to $70 (in peak season from May …