Author Archives: Jake Johnson

Cheapest Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Cheapest Backpacking Sleeping Bag

As a student at university, I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on backpacking equipment. However, that didn’t stop me from taking trips into nature. There are quite a few learning lessons that helped me choose the best, most affordable bag for hiking adventures. With some quick research I’ll tell you how to […]

Best Binoculars Under 1000

Best Binoculars under 1000

Binoculars are used by birders, hunters, wildlife watchers, event sports fans, astrologists, and safari-goers. However, there are many different kinds of binos and no one-size-fits-all. That’s why it is important to know the best type or brand for your activity, and even more so if you are looking for the best binoculars under 1000. Recently, […]

Best Kneeboard for Pilots

Best Kneeboard for Pilots

Kneeboards are useful devices for both pilots and anyone who works outside with a tablet Have you ever wished for an accessory for your field tablets so you could go hands-free? A few years ago, I realized I had a need for something to help me hold a tablet while collecting data from a small […]

Protecting the world’s wetlands: 5 essential reads

Jennifer Weeks, The Conversation World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 marks the date when 18 nations signed the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since that time, scientists have shown that wetlands provide many valuable services, from buffering coasts against floods to filtering […]

What are Hydric Soils?

Silty Loam Hydric Soil

Hydric soil conditions generally develop in areas that have continuous or occasional saturation and reduction in the mineral layers. ? Direct evidence of these conditions is often seen as redoximorphic features, except in histosols, and can also be verified by measuring or observing saturation and reduction of iron (evidenced by the coloration of the soil, […]

Best Two Way Radios for Mountains

Best Two way radios for mountains

Mountains offer some of the most beautiful and isolated terrain in the world. They attract hikers, hunters, and those just looking to do a little soul-searching. And while this isolation is a big reason for people seeking out mountains, they also bring the inconvenience of communication with the outside world. If you’re like me, in […]

Binoculars for Sale on Amazon

Binoculars for sale on Amazon

From bird watching to hunting to attending concerts and football games in huge stadiums, there are many reasons to invest in a good set of binoculars. The best binoculars are capable of bringing distant images to life right in front of you, with amazing resolution and clarity making you feel like you are part of […]

Wetland Protections and Permitting – Sections 401 and 404 Clean Water Act of 1972

Wetland Permitting Sections 401 and 404

When the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), with funding from the EPA, set out to conduct a comprehensive review of state wetland protections in 2005-2007, they undertook a complex task. Protecting wetlands from pollution and degradation is generally considered to fall under the Clean Water Act (CWA), [1] but the way individual states apply or build […]