Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A Forest Legacy project in southern Ohio recently resulted in an addition of 929 acres of highly strategic forest land, an area known as the “Little Smokies of Ohio,” to Shawnee State Forest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).“By acquiring these ‘Little Smokies’ parcels, ODNR continues to show its commitment toward protecting and fostering the growth of Ohio’s forest lands,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “These additional woodland acres will fill many of the largest gaps in the Shawnee State Forest, and by using proper management, will provide Ohioans with healthy forests, which create ideal habitats for all of our wildlife, offer countless recreational activities and produce the timber products that contribute to our state’s continued economic growth.”The 63,747-acre Shawnee State Forest includes Ohio’s only state-designated wilderness area and surrounds the 1,168-acre Shawnee State Park. Together, they are the largest contiguous protected forest in Ohio. The project complements partner efforts such as The Nature Conservancy’s plan to connect their nearby 17,123-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve to Shawnee State Forest through the Sunshine Corridor.“It’s really satisfying to see the pieces of the puzzle coming together at the Shawnee State Forest as we work to connect it with our Edge of Appalachia Preserve,” said Bill Stanley, assistant Ohio director of The Nature Conservancy. “There was no question that The Nature Conservancy should assist in making this deal a reality. Having this land under ODNR management will allow the forests to mature, increasing their value to water quality and habitat.”“The Ohio chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is thrilled about helping provide 929 acres of new hunting access. This is a great step forward, and it fits perfectly with our ‘Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.’ initiative,” said Lee Crocker, Ohio regional biologist with the NWTF. “Ohio has a critical need to provide more hunting and outdoor recreation access, and the NWTF volunteers are working hard to accomplish this. These additional acres will create excellent brood and nesting habitat for wild turkeys and will provide important habitat for a whole host of other wildlife species.”This acquisition is also important for recreation and tourism, as it protects the routes of popular hiking trails (including the North Country National Scenic Trail, American Discovery Trail and the Buckeye Trail) and scenic drives (like the Scenic Scioto Heritage State Byway and Shawnee State Forest’s Driving Tour Loop). Finally, the project supports the Ohio Forest Legacy Program’s core goal of protecting working forests in the most productive counties for timber statewide.The protection of this important forest land was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Forest Legacy Program and funding from The Nature Conservancy and NWTF. Other supporting partners include the ODNR divisions of Parks and Wildlife; North Country Trail Association; American Discovery Trail Society; and the Buckeye Trail Association.The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.
Troubled electronics retailer Best Buy is already on the ReadWrite DeathWatch list, and this holiday shopping season could be a make-or-break period for the company.After my visit there last weekend, I’m increasingly worried that it’s gonna break. And I take no happiness in this realization, as my experience also reminded me just how much we need a good brick and mortar place to buy electronics.New Speakers For My New iPhone 5As faithful readers of my smartphone adventures may recall, I recently got a new iPhone 5 (see My Week With The iPhone 5). That’s great, but as I noted when they were first released, Apple’s new Lightning connectors do not work with existing peripherals (see iPhone 5’s Lightning Connector Is A Bigger Problem Than Apple Thinks). And I can now say with certainty that even with Apple’s $30 adapter, you can’t play an iPhone 5 through an old iPhone speaker dock. (Plus it looks ridiculous.) So I pushed the button for my top choice. Nothing happened. I pushed the button for another one. Silence. I pushed the buttons for all of them. Nothing. I wasn’t surprised, but I was sad and a bit frustrated.I spent another 15 minutes looking for a salesperson to get some help. I eventually found one, who acknowledged that the system was broken and should be fixed in a few days. He suggested I come back later and check. What Now?Well, maybe I will and maybe I won’t. It was a hassle the first time and probably will be the next time, too – and I can’t be sure the system will be working even when I get there. (If you saw the cast of characters wandering around that store, you’d be surprised anything worked there, ever.)I’m still unwilling to buy iPhone speakers without listening to them, though. So for the short term I’m using my old iPhone 4 as an expensive iPod, or hooking up my iPhone 5 via a headphone cable (no charging, no remote control) and hoping I don’t accidentally kick the cord and pull the phone off the table onto the floor and break it. Sure, I could choose one system to order, and send it back if I didn’t like it. But I was really hoping to be able to compare my top choices.Now I’m thinking about how much we really need a clean, well-lighted, properly functioning place to actually see and try the equipment we want to buy. I was hoping that Best Buy would still be that place. And maybe they are in many places, but not the store I visited. And who knows how much longer Best Buy is going to be around, anyway?I was ready to buy, but didn’t because I couldn’t properly test the merchandise. As online retailing increasingly takes over, that’s going to be a bigger and bigger problem for non-commodity items. Who knows, maybe Amazon or other etailers will have to start building their own showrooms. Because speakers aren’t the only things that at least some shoppers aren’t going buy without a chance to check them out in person first. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Other images by Fredric Paul. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#e-commerce IT + Project Management: A Love Affair fredric paul Even better, there was a slick set-up where you could just hit a button to listen to the device you want to check out. Score again! That was exactly what I hoping to find. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Clearly, it was time to upgrade the Altec-Lansing iMT520 that had been providing tunes in my kitchen for the last few years. I hopped online, and found several choices that connected wirelessly via Bluetooth or Apple’s Airplay system. Several of them looked good and were in my price range. But there was one problem: There was no way to tell what they sounded like. And since the whole point of these devices is their sound output, I was unwilling to pull the trigger on any of them sight unseen and sound unheard.Failure At Best BuyInstead, I hopped in the car and headed down to my local Best Buy. I was hopeful that the store would have at least some of the models I’d researched and I’d be able to listen to them before I handed over my credit card.As I walked into the crowded store (a good sign, I guess), my first thought was, “This place is so noisy I probably won’t be able to hear anything out of these speakers.” Then I rationalized that if I can hear anything, at least I’ll know they’ll probably be more than adequate for my kitchen.After wandering around the giant store for 15 minutes, I finally found the aisle with the devices I was looking for. And surprise, they actually had several of the ones I was interested in, plus a couple others I hadn’t see online. And the prices weren’t bad either. Score! 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts
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Located in the South Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia, this island nation may be one of the smallest and the remotest in the world.And yet, the island of Tuvalu is nothing short of any other ‘touristy’ island in the world–be it in its natural beauty or cultural value.However, this Polynesian atoll, only two hours north of Fiji, has not been able to attract many tourists to its region. A recently released report by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) declared the country to have been the least-visited destination of 2016.According to the reports, only 2000 people visited the islets of Tuvalu in 2016, up from 1000 in 2014.For an island, marked by deep blue waters and white sand, beautiful coral reefs and palm-topped islands, it is a little difficult to comprehend how exactly has the destination not been able to secure its due recognition among travellers. That too, at a time, when people are increasingly looking at off-beat getaways for spending their holidays.So, if you still haven’t visited Tuvalu, here’s what you have missed out on:1. Breath-taking landscapeThe nation of Tuvalu comprises of three reef islands and six atolls. The main atoll among them is the capital of Funafuti, a narrow stretch of coral reef, adorned by the satin, blue-coloured ocean water, encircling a lagoon. Funafuti is also home to the only unfenced airport in the island, lined only with coconut palms, called the Funafuti International Airport.The breath-taking beauty of Tuvalu. Picture courtesy: Instagram/eviere 2. Rich tradition and cultureadvertisementIt was through the Europeans, who sailed to Tuvalu around 16th century, that the island featured on the world map. Later, in the 19th century, it also became part of the British colony. However, it is the Polynesians, who are considered the original inhabitants of the destination. Interestingly, the non-commercialised environment of the island has, in turn, helped people preserve their traditions and culture to a large extent. Tourists can get a glimpse of their traditonal way of living in islands like Funafula, or immerse themselves in the rhythms of their dance and song called fatele. Their indigeneity extends up to their homes made of palm fronds, local cuisine and sports too.Coming to artistic traditions, Tuvalu women can still be found making handicrafts out of cowrie and other shells. From their dress, to canoes and fish hooks, most of their daily-use items still bear elements of traditional design. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoy the traditional dance. Picture courtesy: Facebook/Princeps Fidelissimus 3. Heritage and architectureTraditionally, people in Tuvalu used plants and trees to construct buildings. Use of concrete and nails came much later, only after the arrival of the Europeans. A lot of churches and community buildings are coated with white paint, made by burning coral with firewood. Other sites of interest include remains of a Japanese aircraft, that crashed on Funafuti, during World War II.Also Read: 5 amazing island destinations in India other than the Andamans 4. CuisineCoconut forms a staple in traditional Tuvalu food, apart from the variety of fish found in the oceans. Among the traditional dishes are pulaka (made of banana, breadfruit and coconut), coconut crab and pork.Picture courtesy: Twitter/ ThompsonTravels Tuvalu may be deemed quite remote, but that doesn’t mean that the island is inaccessible. For, one can avail Fiji Airways or Air Pacific, that run services to the island, once and twice a week, respectively. Besides, there are quite a number of good hotels and guest houses available here. Since English is one of the official languages on the island, communication too shouldn’t be much of a problem.The only concern, however, are the effects of climate change and the rapidly rising sea levels that pose a threat to the very existence of the island.