THE NEWS: The outdoor recreation industry is flexing its economic muscle to push for wilderness protection in Utah, threatening to pull a lucrative biannual trade show if the state doesn't change course on environmental issues.
THE ULTIMATUM: The 4,000-member-strong Outdoor Industry Association plans to take its outdoor gear show elsewhere unless Utah gives up on a threat to take over federal land. The show injects more than $40 million yearly into the state economy.
THE STAKES: The outdoor industry and related services represent a sizeable chunk of Utah's income — roughly $4 billion a year, or 5 percent of the state's gross product.
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