New Scouting Television. Boys' Life magazine, the officialyouth publication of the Boy Scouts of America, is working with Big MonsterEntertainment to develop an affiliate TV show. The show, called "ScoutingAround," will focus on widely popular, fun and informational subjects coveredin Boys' Life. Three hosts will guide the show across the United States,exploring a variety of subjects and people. "We are excited to lead the BSAinto the next evolution of its television presence," says Michael Goldman,editorial director of the BSA's three magazines, Boys' Life, Scouting andEagles' Call. "Bringing Boys' Life into the homes of a new television audiencehelps us expand the reach of Scouting's fun and values. After all, today'sreaders and viewers are tomorrow's leaders." Episode topics will cover awide range of general interests and hobbies, including new tech, gaming,cooking, survival techniques in the wild and relationship advice. "ScoutingAround" hosts will meet with pro athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs, culinaryexperts, and more to form entertaining educational segments around theirexpertise and experiences.
Trout Interactions. Brown trout introductions could hamperthe conservation of declining native brook trout populations, according to a U.S.Geological Survey study. Brook and brown trout are valuable sport fish thatco-exist in many parts of the world due to stocking introductions. USGSresearchers found that, in New York State, direct interactions between the twospecies, such as competition for food, have minor effects on diminishing brooktrout populations compared to human-caused habitat disturbances. However,repeated, disproportionate stocking of brown trout in brook trout habitatscould drastically decrease brook trout numbers. "There is great potential forbrown trout stocking to reduce native brook trout populations," said JamesMcKenna, USGS scientist and lead author of the study. "But brown trout aren'tnecessarily causing the current brook trout declines, and managers may be ableto develop sustainable scenarios to support both fisheries." The USGS studyfound that human-induced degradation (from dams and roads, among other causes)of the habitats of both species can affect the populations of either. However,because brook trout do better in forested watersheds, whereas brown trout canthrive in more agricultural environments, degraded watersheds and/or theelimination of forests may affect brook more than brown trout. Improper browntrout management could further threaten vulnerable brook trout populations.
Cabela's Expansion. Cabela's Inc. has announced plans to opena 97,500-square-foot store in Fort Mill, a suburb of Charlotte, N.C., in spring2015. It will be Cabela's second store in South Carolina, joining theGreenville location scheduled to open in spring 2014. The company also recentlyannounced plans to open a store in Garner, N.C., in 2015. Cabela's currently operates50 stores across North America, including the store at Hamburg, Pa., and plansto open an additional 20 over the next two years.
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