Utilizing the Tools We Are Given

Written by Mike Clifford/HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com

Utilizingrepparttar Tools We Are Given By: Mike Clifford HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com (Reproduce with hotlink intact)

The most comprehensive books ever assembled for understandingrepparttar 139205 ecology of Illinois' Natural Resources are available to each and every one of us by sending one simple email! The Dept. of Natural Resources provides these through a project calledrepparttar 139206 Critical Trends Assessment Program, withrepparttar 139207 manuals serving as inventories ofrepparttar 139208 resources encompassing many regions and watersheds throughoutrepparttar 139209 state. A list ofrepparttar 139210 areas covered is listed below. You should find your favorite fishing hole covered, without a doubt. Most ofrepparttar 139211 following watershed assessments consist of a four-volume report coveringrepparttar 139212 area's geology, water resources, living resources, socio-economic profile, and environmental quality. Most include a color summary report, and several also provide a historical account ofrepparttar 139213 area's ecology:

Big Muddy River Cache River Calumet Area Chicago River/Lake Shore (11 mb acrobat) Driftless Area DuPage River Embarras River Fox River Headwaters Illinois Big Rivers Illinois River Bluffs Kankakee River Kaskaskia River Kinkaid Area Kishwaukee River LaMoine River Lower Des Plaines Lower Rock River Lower Sangamon River Mackinaw River Prairie Parklands Sinkhole Plain Spoon River Sugar-Pecatonica Rivers Thorn Creek Upper Des Plaines River Upper Rock River Upper Sangamon River Vermilion (Wabash River basin) Vermilion River (Illinois River Basin)

One ofrepparttar 139214 most fascinating aspects of these manuals is that they allow us to comparerepparttar 139215 forage of various watersheds, and recognizerepparttar 139216 stark differences from one region torepparttar 139217 next. By utilizingrepparttar 139218 internet, we are able to apply this knowledge to our fishing experiences by simply comparing images of various types of forage and using baits that match this natural prey accordingly. For instance,repparttar 139219 predominant type of crayfish in one watershed is not necessarilyrepparttar 139220 same as another, due to differences in bottom contents ofrepparttar 139221 stream, for example a hard substrate versus a soft one. I have illustrated some of these differences and comparisons onrepparttar 139222 HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com website in a topic named "Know Your Forage"- .take a look, and you'll see more clearly how this works.

Framing Tips - Sun, Moisture & Heat

Written by by Jim Fishwick, Manager, Matshop.com and Matshop.ca

The enemy: Solar radiation...alias: Sunshine...alias: ultra-violet light.

Direct sunlight is very, very hard on any mat, but especially non-conservation matboard. Fading ofrepparttar mat color can occur extremely quickly in late spring, summer and early fall whenrepparttar 139158 sun is high, and is still a major concern at any time of year. The core ofrepparttar 139159 mat will go pre-maturely brown with high exposure. The artwork itself is also at risk, especially lower quality prints. Photos printed by high volume retailers can fade in a couple of days of strong sun. Photos from higher quality retail photo finishing shops are often of much higher quality, but will still fade with enough exposure to direct sunlight.

The cure is easy. Never allow framed art of any type to be exposed to direct sun. Period. Unfortunately florescent lighting has some ofrepparttar 139160 same harmful qualities of sunlight, though to a lessor extent. Ifrepparttar 139161 artwork will be exposed to high volumes of this type of lighting, consider purchasing conservation quality glass. It is available at most glass shops and in custom framing retail stores. Prepare to be shocked, asrepparttar 139162 price is very high. Regular and non-glare glass afford some UV protection, but not much. Acrylics, (plastic, plexiglass, etc.), have inherent properties that reduce some ultraviolet light but cannot be considered conservation quality.

The enemy: High relative humidity or excess moisture.

Definition of Relative Humidity: The amount of water vapor inrepparttar 139163 air relative torepparttar 139164 amount of water vaporrepparttar 139165 air is capable of holding at a given temperature. Ifrepparttar 139166 temperature goes down,repparttar 139167 relative humidity will go up. Ifrepparttar 139168 temperature goes down enough,repparttar 139169 air cannot holdrepparttar 139170 moisture and condensation occurs.

Excess moisture inrepparttar 139171 air will penetraterepparttar 139172 framing package, causing condensation. The problem is most apparent when a slight bit of cooling allows water vapor to condense onrepparttar 139173 glass. Any adjacent surface will suffer water damage. If a mat is present at leastrepparttar 139174 artwork is protected from direct damage, which is an excellent reason to use mats. Most artwork will tend to become wavy.

Under normal conditions this should not be a big problem. Ifrepparttar 139175 temperature inside is warmer than outside,repparttar 139176 relative humidity should remain belowrepparttar 139177 danger point. Unheated areas can sometimes produce relative humidities at or near 100%, and certainly bathrooms and kitchens can be a problem. Shipping artwork, or allowing it to be transported in vehicles during periods of high heat and humidity can be deadly if care is not taken. Moisture absorbers can be packed with artwork to help protect it. Artwork in kitchens and bathrooms can be sealed to some extent by caulkingrepparttar 139178 edges, but this is only a partial help. Never hang valuable artwork in a high humidity area. Ever.

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