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  • Is REI against offroaders?

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    Originally Posted by goodtimes
    Just be aware that REI spends a ton of money every year in efforts to close down motorized ohv trails. They believe that if you want to see the back country, you should do it on foot, or on a bike.
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    Does anyone have any info on this? I tried searching the internet for anything that would support this, and have come up with nothing tangible. This would be a good reason to stop shopping there, and pass the word along to others too.
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    REI donated money to the National Forest Foundation: http://www.rei.com/aboutrei/conservation02.html

    who in turn feels that "The most widespread ecological implications from recreation include: ... Increased air and water pollution from off-highway vehicles (OHVs)." http://www.natlforests.org/recreation_damage.html

    Read between the lines a bit and you can tell they (the national forest foundation) don't particularly like motorized recreation. Some of the other recipients of REI's grants have "partnered" with firms such as the Sierra Club.

    OTOH, REI also supports access for recreation such as climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, etc., since that's what they sell! Of course, the Sierra Club opposes all of those. Basically if someone like the Sierra Club got their way, REI would go out of business, so they're pretty moderate about who they donate to- directly, at least.
    Last edited by cbremer; 08-12-04, 11:29 AM.

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    • #3
      I'd have to look for the link, but on the REI site there is information about what they do with the $$$ they make, who they support, etc. I'll try to find it tomorrow since I just got called into work early (again).
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      • #4
        They're pretty widespread with their dough. It's not about being against offroading, its more about being for outdoor recreation. Its a fine line, but you gotta identify that they're not campaigning against offroaders they're donating to a group that does. What the group also does is encourage people to get off their asses and get in the woods, just not in Jeeps necessarily.
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        • #5
          REI may not intend to be against off-roaders, but by strongly supporting the Sierra Club as they have, they end up helping to close off land to OHV's and bicycles. REI has been affiliated with the Sierra Club for many years now. As such, I view them as part of an evil empire. I know I may take my personal feelings a little far, but what else can you think about groups who put bicycles in the same classification as buses, dumptrucks and 4x4's?
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          • #6
            I hate the sierra club!
            That's it, I'm going on an official rampage! More to come soon
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            • #7
              Originally posted by sarah
              I hate the sierra club!
              That's it, I'm going on an official rampage! More to come soon
              Uh-oh. What did I start with that one little statement?

              I looked around for the list of "affiliates" that REI used to have on its site, but can't find it anymore....
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              • #8
                Originally posted by sarah
                I hate the sierra club!
                That's it, I'm going on an official rampage! More to come soon
                Quick, Rick! Lock up the guns and booze!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jmbrowning
                  Quick, Rick! Lock up the guns and booze!
                  too late!!
                  < evil laugh >
                  , aaah, the power of the internet.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sarah
                    too late!!
                    < evil laugh >
                    , aaah, the power of the internet.

                    Uh oh, Sarah hacked into someone's site.... maybe we should start getting some bail money together.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by H8PVMT
                      Uh oh, Sarah hacked into someone's site.... maybe we should start getting some bail money together.
                      hahaha, actually TRAVELAR is the hacker!! go get him! oops, i mean, uh ... HAHA. ok i feel like blktj posting dumb stuff all late OOPS AGAIN!! ROFL
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                      • #12
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