On Friday, January 11, Columbia Sportswear, an outdoor apparel and accessories company based in Portland, Oregon, took out a full-page ad in several newspapers around the country to blast the partial government shutdown (now the longest in US history). The shutdown — which boils down to the fight over spending on a border wall, has affected people’s livelihoods and safety, as well as the nation’s bottom line. It’s also had a devastating effect on national parks.
“Make America’s parks open again,” Columbia Sportswear’s message read, riffing on President Trump’s campaign slogan. “Walls shouldn’t block access to parks, and federal workers shouldn’t be left out in the cold. Work together to open our parks.”