Politics has always been a part of the discussion for outdoor-recreation retailers.

Last year, however, it came to head when organizers of the biggest outdoor retail trade show in North America heard from businesses that they no longer wanted to support the economy of Salt Lake City and Utah with their $45 million annual trade show because some politicians were pushing hard to rescind the protected status of Utah's new Bears Ear National Monument.

In November, President Donald Trump announced he would reduce the size of the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears monument, designated by former President Barack Obama, by 85 percent and also scale back Utah's 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, set aside by former President Bill Clinton, by nearly half.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/2G8q4mY