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Hillary Hutcheson and her daughters, Ella and Delaney (photo: Jeremy Roberts).

Convergence screening at F3T, trailer now available

New short film looks at what climate change means to angling families

Convergence, the latest in a series of films co-produced by Conservation Hawks and Conservation Media, looks at what our rapidly changing climate means to angling families. The film follows three different angling families; Hilary Hutcheson and her daughters Ella and Delaney; Travis Swartz (better known to most fly anglers as "Hank Patterson”); Simon Perkins, Els Van Woert and their daughter Pippa, and Pippa's grandfather (and Orvis CEO) Perk Perkins.

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Cedar Mesa Valley of the Gods in Bears Ear National Monument (photo: BLM).

Patagonia, Black Diamond slam Utah leadership on public lands, OR will consider moving shows

Influential companies urge outdoor industry to leverage its economic power to put a stop to public lands assault

Two times each year, for around the last two decades, the outdoor industry holds its biggest extravaganza in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Outdoor Retailer show, better known as "OR", is where the biggest brands in the business of the outdoors show off all their latest and greatest. Not only do these shows repeatedly place Utah's outdoor industry in spotlight, they reportedly bring over $50 million in direct spending to the state each year. OR is big business for Utah.

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Photo: Kris Millgate

Power to the public

A year spent on public lands

I saw Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in January 2016. Well, sort of saw it. The fog was as thick as smoke trapped in a burning trailer house the morning I arrived at the refuge. Camera in hand, confused literally and figuratively, I couldn’t get a handle on my surroundings or the situation. The fog was hours from blowing away. The problem was months from going away.

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Ryan Kane, Southern Instinct owner and guide, releases a goliath grouper that ate a cobia, which was on the line for eating herring bait (photo: Kris Millgate).

For large grouper, a precarious rebound

The debate over the Ocean's Goliath

I grew up far from the ocean so the only goliath I knew was the one David dropped with a slingshot. I don’t know how much that giant weighed on land, but the ocean beast with the same name tips nearly half a ton. Goliath grouper can live 40 years and can weigh 800 pounds. The one I’m looking at is less than half that size, but it’s still a lot of fish. Or a lot of fish to eat if that’s the side of the table you’re sitting on.

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Patagonia to give away 100% of its Black Friday sales

Company will donate all online and retail store sales to environmental grassroots organizations

This isn’t the first year that Patagonia has taken a stand against Black Friday—the brand’s infamous “Don’t Buy This Jacket” campaign being the most memorable example—but the company’s stance this year might be its most aggressive yet. Patagonia announced yesterday that it will be giving 100% of its global Black Friday sales both online and in its retail stores to environmental grassroots organizations.

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