Last September in a Salt Lake Tribune Op-Ed, Peter Metcalf of Black Diamond Equipment, and Doug Tompkins, The North Face founder, called upon Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, former CEO/President of the giant outdoor retailer and 11 million member co-op, REI, not to lift proposed federal protections for the Gray Wolf. Their piece raised hackles among certain wildlife advocates and sportsmen who consider outdoor gear manufacturers and retailers like Black Diamond, The North Face and REI as the root of the problem - deadbeats, even - in the war for the soul of predator management and wildlife funding.
Wildlife Recreation Reinvestment: A Novel Formula for Dedicated Wildlife Funding
By Christopher Spatz and John Laundre in Cougar Rewilding Foundation, 2014
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