SALT LAKE CITY, Utah— Patagonia is dropping out of this summer’s Outdoor Retailer show in response to state efforts to overturn the creation of Bears Ears National Monument.
Last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert presented a resolution to revoke the monument’s status to President Trump, in a move that rattled Patagonia’s top brass and sent Outdoor Retailer organizers on a search for new host cities.
The show, which has been held in Salt Lake City since 1996, brings in an estimated $45 million annually. Bears Ears National Monument encompasses 1.3 million acres of land in southeastern Utah, approximately 30 miles due south of Canyonlands National Park and 30 miles east of Lake Powell.
“Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument,” Patagonia President and CEO Rose Marcario stated in a release. “Making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits – $12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs – that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state. Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah and we are confident other outdoor manufacturers and retailers will join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation.”
Critics say the monument, created using Teddy Roosevelt’s National Antiquities Act, offers little opportunity for input.
“Under the Antiquities Act, there is no ability of having any input,” Congressman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, told NPR. “No one ever gets to have a say, you don’t work out things in advance. It has to be a gotcha moment where the president unveils something unilaterally.”
No president has ever rescinded a monument created by a predecessor using the National Antiquities Act. It is unclear whether a president would have the legal authority to do so.
Patagonia is an active supplier of fly fishing gear and equipment.