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The 2021 Holiday Season It is that time of year again! Our annually curated list of gifts for outdoor enthusiasts is always one of our readers' favorite posts each year. From gear we love and use to fun games and gadgets, these are some of the best outdoorsy gifts to get your friends and family members this year! The Ultimate Outdoorsy Gifts  1.  GO-KOT® America's Finest Camping Cot GO-KOT® believes in the value of American made products, that is why since 1978, each and every GO-KOT® has been handmade right here in the USA! This is a 100% veteran owned small business based out of Springville,...

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Winter Camping Camping is most commonly thought of as a spring and summer activity, however, camping in winter is an incredible experience! It is a great way to savor those tranquil moments and settings only winter can provide, such as untouched snow-covered landscapes, early nights and early mornings, and of course a warm, cozy fire. Winter camping does require a little more planning and smart packing, though. To help you fully enjoy your next winter camping trip, follow these tips!   1. Pack Appropriate Clothing Bring enough warm clothing to last you the length of your trip. Do not wear...

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2021 Wildfire Season As of October 19, 2021 the National Interagency Fire Center’s (NIFC) reported a total of 47,602 wildfires across the country that had burned almost 6.5 million acres. While the summer months have the most active wildfires, there is no real defined "wildfire season" and there are still 5,612 personnel deployed fighting active fires.  With the year-to-date average being 49,090 fires burning 6.89 million acres, you might be wondering what exactly happens after a wildfire. To answer this question, we first have to distinguish between the types of wildfires.  Types of Wildfires As explained by NC State University, there are three types of wildfires: Ground...

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Hurricane Season The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is well underway and the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center states that atmospheric and oceanic conditions remain conducive for an above-average hurricane season. “After a record-setting start, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season does not show any signs of relenting as it enters the peak months ahead,” said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA administrator. We've already had 14 named storms in 2021, equaling the average for an entire year. Hurricane Ida has been the most devastating so far, but all hurricanes pose a risk. With more storms on the way, it is essential that families and communities are prepared for all possible outcomes....

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The Importance of Sustainability in Packaging As stated by McKinsey & Company, the global packaging industry has been enjoying steady growth over the past decade. The driving forces include shifts in choice of substrates, expansion of new markets, and changing ownership dynamics. However, this growth has led to increased use of plastics and single use packaging waste to replace other substrates and accommodate consumers’ demand for convenience. As a result, plastics and single use packaging waste is ending up in our oceans and pushing landfills to their limit. This is creating a heavy burden on the environment. What Can Businesses Do? Consumers are becoming more aware of the packaging...

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