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Oregonian Guest Opinion: Save the law that protects America's natural capital.
For commercial fishing families, the value of Northwest salmon is no abstract symbol. Salmon mean business.
By Glen H. Spain
July 13, 2013
In this day and age, it's easy to fool oneself into thinking we humans somehow create wealth in factories or from computers.
But in the end, we are all economically dependent on the same Earth, breathing the same air and drinking the same water. The natural world is the ultimate source of all human wealth -- and our own existence. This is our "natural capital." When we squander that, we are bankrupting future generations and potentially threatening our own survival.
The Northwest's valuable salmon runs are a prime example. For some, salmon are a colorful icon -- a symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
But for commercial fishing families, the value of Northwest salmon is no abstract symbol. Salmon mean business. It's about hardworking family fishing businesses, struggling to survive generation after generation.
Outdoor Retailer is here!
It’s that time of year again - time for the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted every summer and winter by the Outdoor Industry Association, the OR Show provides an awesome networking opportunity within the industry and a chance to check out what products and services are catching consumer’s attention.
As a coalition long backed by the outdoor industry, we’re heading down to check in with our existing supporters and hopefully meet some new ones, spreading the word that healthy salmon and rivers are great for business and the environment.
There’s a well-timed cover story on High Country News right now by Greg Hanscom that asks, “Can the outdoor gear industry wield its power for conservation?” As one of the beneficiaries of businesses taking a stand for conservation issues, we emphatically answer: YES.
Paul Fish: Salmon Super Hero
Mountain Gear and its President Paul Fish of Spokane, WA were honored recently at the 2012 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show as the Sustainable Retailer of the Year. SNEWS and Backpacker Magazine presented the award, which honors outdoor retailers that embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and serve as visionaries for the outdoor market and as leaders in the communities they serve.