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Kiosk to raise awareness at Canyon Creek By Dana Drugmand Friends of the Teton River recently installed an informational kiosk at Green Canyon Hot Springs in Newdale along Canyon Creek. As a tributary of the Teton River, Canyon Creek provides habitat for a healthy, genetically pure population of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The new kiosk will inform visitors that Canyon Creek is one of the most important Yellowstone cutthroat trout strongholds in the watershed, and will also provide information on fishing regulations and harvest limits. The hot springs was chosen for the kiosk location because it is a high-profile area. “Many visitors go to Green Canyon Hot Springs, and it’s probably going to be the only place they visit in Canyon Creek,” said FTR Education Coordinator Anna Dwinell. The kiosk, she said, is “a simple way to get really important

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the shoe’s shape, before storing. Don’t dry boots by a fire, you can burn the leather. And don’t store them near a heat source. One of the most common gear problems McGowan sees is people bringing in warped boots they accidentally left in the trunk of their car. Climbing gear: Handle each piece of equipment. Open and close the gates on every carabineer. Feel each piece of webbing. If it’s dry or stiff, retire it. Feel the entire lengths of your ropes looking for any abnormalities. If there is a section that feels flat, or just not right, cut it out or retire the whole rope. Examine each piece of protection and also your harness. If any parts look worn out, retire the gear. Keep the gear together and stored in a dry location away from chemicals which can corrode materials. Clothing: Repair any rips or tears — no matter how small. Check zippers. Create a system that makes finding clothing easy for you. One way is to hang or store items organized from base layer to top layer. First aid kit: Now is the time to remove any wrappers and blood stained items. Go through your kit and see what you are missing or low on and restock it before storing. Pocket knife: Clean the knife in warm water with soap and make sure all the gunk is out of the grooves before thoroughly drying it. Consider a light lubrication on the pivot and make sure the blade is sharp. Skis: You are likely pulling your skis out of storage about now. But once the season ends remember to add a light coating of storage wax and check and adjust your bindings before storing so that next season they are ready to go. Sleeping bags: If you have room, hang your bag to store it. If you don’t, keep it in a big bag. Avoid storing in a compression bag. You can wash your down sleeping bag in the sink and place it

information out to the public.” This educational component was part of a larger grant that FTR received from Western Native Trout Initiative to do habitat restoration and stream flow restoration on Canyon Creek. In other FTR news, the Teton Creek stream restoration project that began in 2006 is coming to a completion. “Things are progressing smoothly, and we hope to be wrapped up by early December,” said FTR Restoration Director Mike Lien. The primary purpose of the project is to stabilize what was an unstable stream channel in order to protect surrounding infrastructure from flood damage.  “We’ve designed this project to accommodate a 100-year flood event,” said Lien. The final phase of the project is being funded in part by Teton County, and largely through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant the county received. MD Nursery, the primary contractor for the project, also provided funding for the project. in a dryer on low heat. Add tennis balls in the dryer to fluff up the down. Synthetic bags can be washed in a front loading washing machine and dried on low heat. Stoves: After cleaning your stove make sure you are storing fuel in a safe place. Use the time to really inspect your stove. If you don’t already know how to repair it, now is a good time to learn in case you ever need to fix it in the backcountry. “If you can’t fix a piece of gear in the field, you can’t fix it,” McGowan said. Check fuel levels and replenish if needed so you are set before your next trip. Tents: Tents should be cleared of debris and also washed and fully dry before going into storage. Before storing, you should also check for any rips that need repairing and check the condition of the poles. Water reservoirs: Take the water bladders out of your backpacks, rinse them and hang them to fully air dry before storing. Get organized Buy duffle bags and sort equipment by sport in different bags. Label with tags so when you are looking you can easily spot and grab the needed bag. Use labeled bins and hooks, too. But keep like items near each other. Your stove should be stored near the rest of your camp cooking equipment, your harness near your climbing shoes. If you have a backpack specifically for one activity, like skiing, you can keep the bag packed with items that you always use for the sport. That way the bag is already partially packed and all your equipment is in one spot. “Peaks to Plains” is a blog focusing on Wyoming’s outdoors and communities. Kelsey Dayton is a freelance writer based in Lander, Wyo. She has been a journalist in Wyoming for seven years, reporting for the Jackson Hole News&Guide, Casper Star-Tribune and the Gillette News-Record. Contact Kelsey at Follow her on twitter @Kelsey_Dayton