Wednesday, Sep. 2nd, 2020

Mountain whitefish mortality observed on Yellowstone River

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has observed recent mortality of mountain whitefish in several sections of the Yellowstone River.

The cause of the mortality is still unconfirmed. However, these circumstances appear to be consistent with what has been observed in fish that die due to proliferative kidney disease, or PKD — a condition caused by a parasite affecting salmonids, such as mountain whitefish and trout. PKD has affected fish in the Yellowstone River in recent years, the most significant outbreak happening in 2016.

FWP has worked with other agencies to submit samples for testing to determine whether PKD is a factor in this most recent whitefish mortality.

FWP began receiving reports of dead whitefish last week. Since then, biologists have surveyed several sections of the Yellowstone River to gather more information.

  • On Wednesday, biologists observed seven dead whitefish over about 9 miles from the Springdale Bridge Fishing Access Site to the Grey Bear Fishing Access Site, upstream from Big Timber.
  • On Thursday, biologists counted 149 dead whitefish over almost 9 miles between the Pig Farm Fishing Access Site and the Springdale Bridge Fishing Access Site, downstream of Livingston.
  • On Friday, they counted 38 dead whitefish over 20 miles between the Pine Creek Fishing Access Site and the Highway 89 Bridge Fishing Access Site, upstream from Livingston.

No trout mortality was observed during last week’s monitoring efforts.

FWP will continue to monitor conditions on the Yellowstone River. At this time, no closures or restrictions are expected for the Yellowstone River or its tributaries.

Anglers can help reduce stress for fish by following these practices when catching and releasing fish: ​

  • Land the fish quickly.
  • Wet your hands before handling the fish.
  • Keep the fish in water as much as possible.
  • Remove the hook gently. Using artificial lures with single and barbless hooks can make hook removal faster and easier. If the fish is hooked deeply, you may have to snip the line at the fish's mouth or consider keeping it if regulations allow.
  • Let the fish recover before releasing it.

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Monday, Aug. 31st, 2020

Montana State Elks Association Drug Awareness Program presented the "Enrique Camarena-What Heroes Do!" Coin to Susie & Gary Larson

On August 26, 2020, the Montana State Elks Association Drug Awareness Program presented the "Enrique Camarena-What Heroes Do!" Coin to Susie & Gary Larson.


Susie and Gary are being recognized for all their work to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs.

Through their efforts, Prescription Drug Take-Back Boxes have been placed at locations throughout Gallatin County in Southwest Montana.
  • Belgrade City Hall
  • Big Sky Sheriff’s Office
  • Bozeman Police Substation
  • Manhattan Police Department
  • Montana State University Police Department
  • Three Forks City Hall
  • West Yellowstone Police Department
Placing these drug take-back boxes has helped prevent the negative and toxic effects on our environment that can take place if the drugs are not disposed of correctly and prevented them from getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

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Thursday, Aug. 27th, 2020

Montana Science Center will reopen on September 12th with new hours

On Saturday, September 12th, Montana Science Center, will reopen doors to the public at 2744 W. Main St. after temporarily closing the doors due to COVID-19 on March 16, 2020. Montana Science Center relocated to the Main Street location on January 20, 2020. The staff at MSC is excited to announce that the Center is ready for families and community members to visit safely again. Located across from the Gallatin Valley Mall, the new location is nearly double in size of their old location and features new exhibits, a new Science Station, expanded STEAMlab and a larger meeting space for programs and events. Current Members of the Science Center will be welcomed back starting Monday, September 7th, 2020. Montana Science Center has been working with the state, Gallatin County Health Department and all guidelines to reopen safely with limited capacity for a safe community.

Since the closure, MSC staff has been working full time to make necessary adjustments to the physical space, exhibits and safety protocols to reopen in the best possible way for community families. Adaptations to the Center include new exhibit pieces that focus on “hands-off” but “brains-on” exhibits, decreased materials for increased cleaning viability, and pre-registration programs to enhance attendance. Additionally, enhancements to the building’s HVAC system ensure hospital-grade filtering of the air. “It has been an incredible project,” says Executive Director, Abby Turner, “the staff’s efforts have taken shape with building upgrades, program additions and design enhancements that promote engagement with STEAM topics while keeping our patrons safe. We are looking forward to inviting the community to become engaged in interactive STEM experiences, classes again.”

In addition to new programs for students at home during the school year, the high-tech makerspace, STEAMlab will offer expanded opportunities. Programs include a weekly Science Class, daily STEAMlab Open Labs and coding clubs, STEM in the Park, and program partnerships with other area organizations. “We have been working collectively with all childcare providers in the Valley to create meaningful experiences for children of all ages as we navigate the waters during these times,” says Turner, “we hope to provide these experiences while meeting the needs of students no matter what mode of education they are learning by.” All programs will be registration-required via the website at MontanaScienceCenter.org.

As the community adapts to a flexible school schedule, MSC will flex STEM education offerings to meet the needs of parents, families, teachers and rural communities through programming. Additionally, MSC will be introducing two new exhibits for engagement this fall - a NISE Network exhibit entitled Sun, Earth, Universe and one developed by the MSC team called Dangerous Nature. Though the closure has left a gap this summer for activities for families with children, MSC looks forward to welcoming patrons back, safely, into the Science Center. New hours will include a “cleaning break” from 12 - 2pm, daily, and MSC will be closed on Wednesdays for field trips and cleaning each week.

Please contact the Montana Science Center for additional questions and clarifications. They can be reached at 406-522-9087 or info@MontanaScienceCenter.org

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Montana State opens easy-to-use testing site offering free COVID-19 tests for students with symptoms


Montana State University will begin offering free drive-through and walk-through COVID-19 testing at a facility near Bobcat Stadium for students who are showing symptoms of the virus. The site opens today at noon.

The MSU Symptomatic Student Testing Center is located near the stadium's northeast corner and is accessed from South Seventh Avenue. Free testing at the site is available only to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. No referral or appointment is needed.  

The new testing site is in addition to testing already available by appointment at MSU’s University Health Partners in the Swingle Health Center on campus. Students can call 406-994-2311 for an appointment at UHP.

"The MSU Symptomatic Student Testing Center is designed to provide convenient and safe testing for symptomatic students," said Sam Mitchell, director of medical services at MSU's University Health Partners.

Mitchell reiterated that the stadium testing site is only for students with COVID-19 symptoms. Those without symptoms should not come to the site. At this time, the state of Montana does not have the testing capacity to process widespread tests of asymptomatic people, and the priority is on testing those with symptoms, he said.

"The safety and health of MSU’s students is our priority," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "This easy-to-use, drive-through and walk-through sample collection gives us yet another advantage as we work together as a Bobcat community to slow the spread of this virus.”

The MSU Symptomatic Student Testing Center is possible due to $20 million in federal CARES Act funding that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock provided to the Montana University System on Aug. 6. MSU will receive approximately $6.5 million of that funding and, in addition to the MSU Symptomatic Student Center, will hire contact tracers and case managers who will work cooperatively with the Gallatin City-County Health Department to help students.

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Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 2020

How is CBD Oil Different From Marijuana?

With many consumers looking for ways to stay calm, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep, CBD or Cannabidiol oil, has become an increasingly useful tool for individuals looking to promote a sense of relaxation and equanimity. However, much confusion still surrounds CBD’s legal status and how it’s different from Marijuana.

One of the primary and most important differences between CBD and Marijuana is that CBD does not have the same psychoactive effects on users. Although CBD does have calming and anxiety-reducing properties, it does not contain THC. To be more precise, CBD oil contains such small, trace amounts of THC that it will not get a user high.

Both CBD and Marijuana interact with the endocannabinoid system of the user. However, they do so in very different ways. Due to its chemical structure, CBD does not get the user high, nor does it produce the typical feelings of euphoria or sedation associated with Marijuana. However, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD can be helpful for pain relief and to help alleviate anxiety.

While CBD can be extracted from a Marijuana plant, it can be extracted from other sources, such as industrial hemp as well. While CBD can be produced from industrial hemp, it should not be confused with hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is produced by cold-pressing hemp seeds, while CBD oil is produced using the Cannabis or Hemp plant itself.

The process by which CBD is produced can vary, but it involves extracting the terpenes, a substance similar to essential oil, from the plant, and then distilling the terpenes.

The legal status of CBD, Marijuana, and hemp seed oil are all separate and distinct issues. Marijuana remains federally illegal but has been legalized by some states in the US. Federal US law forbids CBD oil that contains more than 0.3 percent THC, which is the compound in Marijuana that induces the psychoactive effects associated with users “getting high.” However, the CBD extracted from hemp often contains less than 0.3 percent THC and is therefore legal.

Finally, hemp seed oil has never been illegal in the US and remains completely legal to this day. Because the legal status of the hemp seed oil is so much clearer and easier to understand than that of CBD oil or Marijuana, many consumers have begun consuming it instead.

Because CBD is legal in the US and Marijuana is still federally illegal, CBD products are regulated and tracked by the government. Some experts predict that CBD sales could approach $3.8 billion in 2023. Since CBD products are federally regulated, government institutions and market experts will continue to track its sales metrics and other data.

As this article by the Washington Post explains, there is every reason to believe that CBD sales will continue to grow in the coming years.

Marijuana sales, on the other hand, are not reported to the government and are therefore much more difficult to keep track of. The increased ability of the government to collect relevant data when a substance is made legal has long been an argument opponents of the war on drugs have used to suggest that Marijuana should be made legal.

For people interested in learning more about the legal status of both CBD and Marijuana in their area, it can sometimes be helpful to attend local events to speak to CBD enthusiasts and experts. Keeping up with a good source of local events can be useful for this purpose.

Hemp seed oil provides its own set of beneficial properties to users, but it should not be confused with CBD oil or Marijuana. The hemp seed oil contains healthy polyunsaturated fats and essential fatty acids. It boasts its own set of restorative, nutritional, and antioxidant properties that are quite distinct from Marijuana and CBD oil.

Unlike hemp seed oil, CBD oil has a calming effect on the user’s mental state, and there is some reason to believe that it can help relieve some of the symptoms of a variety of different conditions as a result. Although more studies and research must be conducted before CBD oil can be assumed to cure any singular medical condition, early research suggests that it could help users struggling from anxiety-induced insomnia get to sleep.

Other studies suggest there could be a reason to suspect that it could help deal more effectively with stress caused by external factors. Proponents of CBD claim that it could have positive effects when taken by users suffering from conditions ranging from Autism, to Alzheimer’s to Cancer, to Multiple Sclerosis, as this Daily CBD Mag article notes.

Some users have derived benefits from microdosing CBD oil. Microdosing refers to the practice of taking extremely small doses of CBD over an extended period. While some users looking to tap into CBD’s pain-relieving properties prefer larger doses, microdosing could well be an effective way for users to enjoy some of its other beneficial qualities.

Some of these other benefits could include everything from enhancing users’ mood, to boosting cognitive performance, to reducing inflammation. This is another factor that differentiates CBD oil from Marijuana. While administering CBD through microdosing is quite common, doing so with Marijuana is a less popular practice among Marijuana users.

For people interested in learning more about some of the health claims and the very real benefits of CBD, this article by the New York Times could be a good resource.

There are also some differences in which parts of a Cannabis plant are used when consuming CBD versus Marijuana. CBD oil is produced by processing a hemp or Marijuana plant into an oil. Marijuana, on the other hand, when used recreationally or medically typically involves using the whole of the plant or part of it in some form directly, whether it’s dehydrated, or processed in some other way.

Many hemp farmers look at CBD oil as a byproduct of growing hemp for other purposes or produce different kinds of hemp products that are unrelated to CBD. Some of these farmers sell leftover hemp biomass to other companies that use it to extract CBD oil, as this Kyro article notes.

To sum up, there are many differences between CBD and Marijuana. Included among these differences are their effects on the users, how they are produced, and their legal status  It’s important to be aware of these differences and to avoid confusing the two substances.

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5 Tips for Local Business Websites

As we continue to move ever more rapidly into the digital age, local businesses are under more pressure than ever to make sure their online presence is up to snuff. Recent world events, which include widespread lockdowns and the forcible closing of many local businesses, have many business owners thinking hard about how they can use digital technologies effectively to stand out. It’s a more important time than ever for local businesses to find a competitive edge online to safeguard their survival and continued growth in these economically uncertain times.

Moreover, many local businesses, and even established corporations, that have failed to adapt to rapid technological advancements have met a bitter end. Such companies are often left behind by their leaner and more adaptive competitors.

Even corporations so big that they once appeared almost monolithic and indestructible surprised shareholders by how quickly they could crumble when faced with an inability to adapt to changing times. For example, we need to look no further than Blockbuster laughing off an offer to buy Netflix in 2000 for a measly 50 million dollars. Or, we can look to Kodak, which ignored trends towards digital photography even when they had every chance to capitalize on it.

But, aside from these larger-than-life examples, our economy is littered with millions of smaller examples of local mom-and-pop businesses having to close up shop after being unwilling or unable to adapt to technological shifts. The internet is perhaps the most powerful tool local businesses can use to differentiate themselves from their competitors. And, let’s face it: in these times of economic uncertainty, business owners ignore it at their peril.


So, let’s explore 5 tips local business owners can use to improve their websites and maybe even kickstart their digital transformation.

Have a Clear Vision

Many business owners make the mistake of not knowing exactly what they want when they set out to get their website built. Getting clear on the exact features and functions of a website is the first step to building one because it provides direction as to which tools to employ, or what kind of team to work with.

Knowing what kind of website a business owner wants is what will allow him or her to answer other fundamental questions regarding how to get it built. It will determine which website builder, programming language, framework, or other tools must be employed. It will also inform what kind of employee or agency to hire, or if the business owner is capable of building the site himself.

As this piece by the LA Times explains, there are many new ways that business owners can limit their web design costs if they know what they’re looking for.

That is not to say that a business owner should necessarily create this vision for their website on their own. On the contrary, speaking with customers, confidants, consultants, and web developers is often an important step in crafting a vision for the website. Some web development agencies even offer suggestions of possible versions of the website, with approximate pricing for each version, so that a business owner can determine what makes sense for his budget.

Regardless of what forms this preliminary market research takes, the point is that a business owner should arrive at a clear understanding of what he wants his site to be and what he wants it to do before he goes about building it. Neglecting to do so can result in a lot of wasted time and money.

Prioritize Website Design 

After a business owner decides what he wants his website to do and which features he wants it to include, he should make sure that it is designed in a way that is intuitive, mobile-friendly, and impactful. Speaking with a web designer is often helpful to establish the aesthetic of the website’s brand identity. Artistically inclined business owners might even be able to create some mockups that illustrate the look and feel of the website of their dreams.

Depending on the goals of the business owner, he or she can also consider using a prebuilt design template that is offered by many different website builders on the market today. If a business owner decides on a web builder like WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, or another option, it’s worth it for them to spend a few minutes browsing through the design templates of their web builder of choice.

Most web builders on the market today, including the ones mentioned above, feature free or paid templates that can be customized as needed to suit a business owner’s needs. Using a pre-made template can often save time and money, but it’s important to make sure the design template includes the functionality that is needed for the website.

As this piece by the Washington Post explains, the design is crucially important for local businesses like restaurants. Why shouldn’t a restaurant or local business’s website be as well designed as its physical location or interior?

Ensure Mobile Responsiveness

A website’s responsiveness refers to its ability to be viewed on mobile devices such as smartphones. This is a critically important part of modern websites, given the continuous rise in mobile device usage.

Business owners should make certain that the design template they use, or a website built from scratch by a web designer can be viewed seamlessly and easily on mobile phones as well as tablets.

If business owners work with a web developer to build a site from scratch, they should ensure that any code that the web developer uses or writes will allow the design of the site to look great on any device.

Optimize the Website for Search Engines 

When building a website, business owners should ensure that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) best practices are being followed. Doing so will make the website more discoverable by Google and other search engines so that customers can find the site when searching for relevant keywords online.

Internal SEO, or on-site SEO, refers to work done on a website that optimizes its visibility on search engines, and it’s an important part of website development. As part of this process, developers will register the site with Google through a tool called Google Search Console, as well as include metadata on each page of the site. This metadata that is included as part of the code that comprises each web page indicates to Google what keywords the site is relevant to.

Business owners should also consider registering their website with Google My Business, Yelp, Trip Advisor, and other directories to make it more discoverable. Linking it to their social media profiles is also a good step to take.

Consider a Blog and a Content Marketing Strategy

After the website is built, business owners should consider populating the blog page on their site. A blog can be a great way to connect with potential or existing customers.

Creating content that relates to nearby events can be a great way to grow a business’s audience. Keeping up with a good source for local events can be helpful for this purpose.


Publishing relevant content on a website’s blog can also be part of a broader SEO or content marketing strategy that is designed to increase organic traffic to the website. Business owners should consider making the content they publish on their website optimized for search engines by making it part of a larger backlinking or PR effort.

Content that is part of a comprehensive SEO strategy can drive large amounts of traffic to a website, and it is a tactic used by some of the largest media companies in the world.

Hopefully, these five tips will be a good starting point for business owners to build the website of their dreams and keep up with these unpredictable times.

Marina Turea works as content manager at Digital Authority.

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MSU beef specialist honored for Extension work

Montana State University Extension specialist has been recognized for her outstanding community engagement efforts and youth programming by the American Society of Animal Science.

Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension beef cattle specialist, is based in Miles City. Van Emon serves the beef producers of the state by traveling to all 56 Montana counties. She meets ranchers and community members and tailors her research projects as an associate professor in the MSU College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences to meet their specific needs.

“If an Extension agent or a producer needs answers to any questions, I do the best I can in either answering them or finding the best person who can,” said Van Emon. “Most of my research focuses on looking into those questions I receive, which varies based on the different regions of the state.”

Van Emon arrived at Montana State in 2014 after receiving her doctorate from North Dakota State University and conducting postdoctoral research at Iowa State University. She focuses on questions of beef nutrition for producers in Montana. In the eastern part of the state, Van Emon said, that often takes the shape of examining the effects of water quality on cattle digestion, while in western Montana she often looks into small acreage production and maximizing production efficiency on smaller ranches.

Van Emon received the Animal Science Extension Award from the western section of the ASAS, which includes 12 western U.S. states as well as parts of western Canada and Mexico. The award was presented during the virtual section meeting last month.

“Just to be recognized as an outstanding member really meant a lot to me,” Van Emon said. “Being recognized by my peers both here at the university who nominated me and the wider community of the section is really an honor.”

 

Van Emon’s programming also includes statewide engagement with Montana youth through 4-H and FFA programs. She helps lead the Montana Steer of Merit competition, an opportunity for students throughout the state to raise cattle and learn about various elements of beef quality. Students collect data on their steers each year at their county fair, such as weight, fat percentage and grade. Van Emon, in partnership with the Montana Stockgrowers Association, evaluates and grades the final animal statistics, selecting the top five highest-quality steers in the state.

“We’re very lucky to partner with MSGA for that program,” said Van Emon. “It helps those 4-H and FFA students learn more about the impacts of what we feed our cattle and looking at the end product, how that’s promoted for the beef industry and how that impacts the beef quality of the final product.”

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, like many, Van Emon has had to adjust her outreach programming and has turned to virtual means to do so. She maintains connections with Extension agents across the state through video conferencing, recorded presentations and social media. Her research continues with an ongoing project examining the impacts of high sulfate and high salt concentrations in cattle drinking water on digestion of forage crops, which are often a primary food source for beef cattle in the state.

"Megan's work is critical to all of the elements of our land-grant mission at Montana State: education, research and outreach," said Cody Stone, MSU Extension executive director. "She works incredibly hard to ensure that our producers and community members are able to get their questions answered using the most accurate and up-to-date information, even if that means conducting the research herself. We are so lucky to have her, and this honor is truly deserved."

While much of her in-person work has been put on hold since the spring, Van Emon hopes to continue her statewide travels this winter, which she says are her favorite part of her work.

“What’s unique about Montana is that we have beef cattle all over the state, so the questions are changing all the time,” she said. “I like the mix of everything that I get to do, meeting producers and learning about their operations. I love getting out and meeting people, learning how I can best help them.”

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5 Hot Gift Ideas for Avid Hikers

Shopping for hikers may seem like a daunting task, especially for the avid ones! You have to think about so many things, including personal style and preferences, and don’t even think for a second that hikers don’t like to show off their gear! They like to be stylish and often have clothes and accessories that are both innovative and practical.

Contrary to popular belief, hikers aren’t tough people to shop for, and while it can stump you at first, there are plenty of cool and useful hiking gifts that every outdoor lover would love to receive. You could get someone who likes hiking all kinds of different gifts, and if you’re thoughtful enough, you just might get them something better than they ever wanted or expected.

A lot of the hiking gear out there are investment pieces and when hikers start they oftentimes don’t have money for all of the gear that they would like to buy. They often would buy a nice down jacket but skimp on the backpack for example. Or they have a really good pair of hiking boots and skimp on the hiking poles!

Here is your chance to pay attention to what the hiker in your life does or does not have. Take a look at their gear and see what is missing or what needs improvement. Whether you’re shopping for the avid multi-day trekker or the casual day hiker, here is a list of gift ideas that you can choose from.

Hiking Backpack
There is nothing worse than going on a hike with an uncomfortable backpack. It is one of the most essential items that hikers take, especially on long treks. Buying a good quality one would ensure that the weight is distributed equally on your shoulders as it going to affect your back and posture.

The perfect backpack depends on what you bring while hiking, so if your hiker is someone who carries only the essentials, a smaller backpack would do. Regardless of the size, make sure that there is plenty of space with multiple pockets that are all easily accessible. It should have deep and densely packed padded shoulder straps and a hip belt along with long padded areas on the back for cushioned comfort.

The key thing you want in your hiking backpack is an external water bottle pouch so that you can have a drink without having to stop and open your backpack every time.


Water Bottle
They say that you can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water. A sturdy, insulated, leak-proof water bottle is always worth carrying on a hike. It makes a perfect gift that keeps the cold drinks cold and warm drinks warm and helps them stay alert and refreshed throughout the day.

Make sure to invest in a bottle that is strong to minimize dents and scratches, and a good size for a long trip. There are many different kinds available on the market including fully insulated ones in which you can keep water, tea, coffee, iced macchiato - whatever your drink of choice. This Kool8 water bottle which is included in this Cool Things Chicago gift guide is a great option.

Polarized Sunglasses
One can’t have too many sunglasses, they are like socks - always disappearing into the void. Polarized sunglasses help filter out the harmful UV rays while you are outdoors thereby protecting your eyes and ensuring that they stay healthy. The sunglasses have to survive the great outdoors so make sure that they are scratch-resistant and sturdy.

Make sure they are lightweight and durable look for acetate or plastic frames, they weigh close to nothing and also handle being dropped a little better. Choose frames that fit comfortably as they will be wearing them a lot. Look for sunglasses that have a high UV protection rating which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Lenses have ratings from 0 to 4 and it is recommended that you choose lenses that have a rating of 3 or 4 as they provide the best protection.

Portable Solar panel/charger
Every adventurer needs a portable charger to keep all of their devices powered up and a solar one is the best option because it never runs the risk of discharge. These devices can be quite compact and easy to carry around allowing easy and fast charging on the go. You can even attach it to your backpack while you’re hiking and let it charge.

You can find some that have a built-in LED light in them which serves as a convenient solution for when you need a light at night.  They are efficient and reliable and come equipped with up to three USB ports. A solar charger is an excellent gift for every traveler and in this age of technology, we always need power sources to keep all of our devices at an optimal level.

Trekking Poles
Trekking poles are something that many hikers don’t know they need until they have them. Get this as a gift for your friend or loved one and next time you chat you will hear all about how you have revolutionized their hiking.  They are the perfect gift for hikers tackling strenuous trails or those who have weak knees.

Trekking poles have many benefits - it reduces the accumulated stress on the feet, knees, legs, and back, especially when carrying a heavy backpack. It also protects the knees while walking down steep hills, improves your power and endurance when walking uphill,  aids with a balance on uneven trails, and even improves posture - making walkers more upright as they walk, which in turn helps with their breathing. Make sure to buy good quality ones that will last them for years.

Hopefully, this list has given you a few unique hiking gift ideas so you can properly surprise that special someone with a thoughtful and cherished gift. Get any of the above for them, and whether they will be hiking up a mountain on the other side of the world or just beheaded outside the door, they will be kitted out for the next adventure. Above all, make sure you choose a gift that fits right into their backpacking gear, something that will keep them safe and happy on their hikes.

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How to Cope with an Essay on Art


Who concerns the significance of art in our lives those never lose its sights. Creativity is an important part of our daily routine, and people who want to get a deeper knowledge of its magnificence are going to study it in an educational institute. Thereafter, art is a complex system that includes different branching types, such as music, painting, dance, drama, and literature.

Maybe, you are waiting for technical writing recommendations, but remember that the art essay is different. When you are about to write a unique essay on art, you need to follow some rules we represented for you in this list.

1. Start with research.

Try to imagine that text is not so important when defining the main idea of your essay. Create an assignment as a part of your research where you give yourself a task to invent something new in a popular subject. Dive into this journey by setting a goal for your essay.

Look for essential information not only from books, but observe your life around. Maybe you can find and share a uniquely personal experience as Jace Clayton tells in Sarah Urist Green’s project called “Art Assignment.” Similarly, you can create your own aim and buy a reader with a custom essay where you share your research’s originality.

2. Prepare an outline.

Briefly describe everything you want to include in your essay. If you are exploring mechanisms of how sound affects people, start with a thesis statement about the importance of this research. Remember about common essay structure, which consists of an introduction, body, and conclusion. As mentioned earlier, the thesis is a starting point of any essay, usually following after hook and background information.

While writing an outline in advance, keep in mind that this step prevents your essay from revisions. Draft plays a central role in creating any essay, and especially essays on art. Don’t negotiate this step, because it much simplifies the writing process.

3. Mention your references.

For not creating your essay into an article or blog post, remember to cite sources you use in research. Collect information not only from fiction and non-fiction books, but also from video-interviews, documents, archives, articles, blog posts, films, podcasts, and other interesting resources.
Collect them as a bunch of flowers and arrange them into a list like a bouquet due to formatting style requirements you use to write an essay (APA, Chicago, MLA, Harvard). If you have strict instructions from the teacher, it is easier to follow in your essay.

4. Stay outside of the script.

Remember that you are writing about art, that’s why you’d better avoid overwhelming conclusions with long sentences. Usually, readers of artistic essays wait from an author’s outstanding idea. Therefore, the form of presentation matters. If you can’t print A4 paper with text and pictures to show a full extension of your investigation, why not ask the teacher about video or PowerPoint/Keynote presentation?

Except for writing a boring text, some students of recognized art universities have tasks to create art installations, sculptures, or paintings on canvas and represent it in a short way to wide audience.  

5. Complete viewpoint.

The context of any art subject is always shifting. Therefore it is essential to choose one direction where your essay is going. Whether you are exploring an iconic picture or biography of a famous author,  your viewpoint can vary from strong to moderate. Reflect an agree or disagree position concerning your topic or describe concrete opinion using supporting ideas.

Young essay writers often make a mistake trying to embrace different viewpoints. It embarrasses readers and makes them lost in your story. Help yourself by defining the main idea, as we mentioned earlier, and create a meaningful essay.

6. Enjoy working with your supplementary material.

Whether you write an essay about an experiment you take, choose materials that encourage you. Find out the concept of working with paper, canvas, research drawing techniques, or get essential knowledge on writing a short summary of your favorite book. Anything you select to make your essay unique will be the right way to impress a reader with fresh ideas.

7. Fulfill the essay with interesting information.

What concerns the standard essay structure, write a topic for each body paragraph. It is presenting what you are going to tell you about. You can add arguments to confront the current position due to the thesis statement or agree with it. Include an example from a real-life story, article, or book that supports your topic. Assume and illustrate the difference between the original idea and meaning that you propose.

8. Put puzzles together.

This is the mindset you want whenever you are approaching a writing project on art. Always make the process of creating an essay a joyful one.

9. Exercise by observing more.

Expand your outlook with as many artworks as it is possible. This will help you to collect information for further research and upgrade your knowledge of art generally. Stay tuned to the exhibition of modern artists, music concerts, experiments, and other inventors.

Find out more about the collaboration of people from different working areas such as science, music, dance, and technology. For example, you can explore Playtronica. It is the brightest combination of knowledge that connects inventors from all fields of study described earlier. It is not only interesting but essential to explore today in the context of how sound impacts human psychology.

10. Pretend that you are an artist.

Before strictly criticizing somebody’s work, place yourself at the author’s position. Pay attention to details such as light source, contrast, or settings. Compound the elements of art to analyze but not criticize. Describe lines, color, light, shape, figures, space, surface plane, and texture and consider all that in your essay.

As a first reader, your professor will recognize professional sight when you add information about the interior, realistic details, and the situation at painting.

Afterward
Create your writing not only to reveal the idea of your research but to show the audience that essays on art can be a new type of art of essay writing. Believe in yourself, and be bold to impress everyone with anything new in your class!

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Tuesday, Aug. 25th, 2020

Upper Deer Creek River-Access Restoration Project Breaking Ground


On August 31, the Upper Deer Creek Riparian Habitat and Access Restoration project will begin upstream of the Deer Creek trailhead in Gallatin Canyon. The Gallatin River Task Force, the Custer Gallatin National Forest, and Montana Trout Unlimited are partnering to revegetate riparian habitat, stabilize eroded streambanks, build a user access trail system, develop a formalized parking area, and construct sustainable boat launches.

“This will be the second large-scale project to restore the ecological health of the river and improve river access,” said Emily O’Connor, Conservation Manager at the Gallatin River Task Force. “This location was selected as a priority due to the broad range and volume of use the site receives, as well as the severe natural-resource damage.”

During construction, much of the access site will be closed to vehicles. (See attached map for details.) Once complete, the site will contain sustainable river access points, an accessible fishing platform, improved parking, and 1,414 feet of sustainable user trails. Work is expected to be completed around Halloween, with additional vegetation planting occurring in spring 2021 with the help of volunteers.

The Upper Deer Creek project is part of an ongoing effort led by the Gallatin River Task Force to reduce the level of nutrients and sediment entering the Gallatin River. These restoration projects also enhance riparian vegetation that provides shade to keep water temperatures down and restore habitat for fish.

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