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Barley Believable Bakery and Cafe

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 18:14
Abstract: For my capstone project I created a complete business plan for a specialty diet bakery and cafe. Barley Believable is located in Tucson Arizona right off of highway 10. It's menu is traditional baked goods, desserts, cafe food and drinks. The twist is that everything is gluten and peanut free. During my week in the PSC bakery I showcased three signature items, chocolate chunk cookies, chocolate coconut cake, and apple streusel bread.
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Major: Baking Arts and Service Management
Year: 2022
Authors: Elsa Barber

Wiliam Kluge Hungry Boy Cafe & Catering

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 11:10
Abstract: This capstone was creating a business plan for a cafe/catering company that will hope to open in the future. I created a business plan with an organizational structure, menu, a marketing plan, and more all culminating in this business creation. I also had the opportunity to serve some of my items in the campus bakery to get the feedback of my peers to improve them for the future.
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Major: Baking Arts and Service Management
Year: 2022
Authors: William Kluge

H & W Delights

Wed, 04/27/2022 - 12:35
Abstract: This capstone was creating a business plan for a future bakery/cafe owned by my friend Hadeel and I. I created a business plan, an organizational structure, a menu, a marketing plan, and more. I even had the chance to allow the Paul Smith's community to try my signature items out of the A.P. Smith's Bakery.
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Major: Baking Arts and Service Management
Year: 2022
File Attachments: Widnie S22 Capstone.pdf
Authors: Widnie Dorilas

The Green Beacon Business Plan

Tue, 05/03/2022 - 17:42
Abstract: My Boyfriend, David Laframboise, a former Smitty, and I, Hailey Quenneville want to own and run a small business that will have sustainable practices in daily operation. I want to run a bakery/ café because of my education and my passion for baking and pastry. They are many occurring impacts on the planet every day. This is the reason why I want our bakery to be fully sustainable and it impacts the planet in a good way and tries to make a change for the greater good.
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Major: Baking Arts and Service Management
Year: 2022
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Authors: Hailey Quenneville

Sustainability- Nose to Tail, Root to Leaf, Sustainable Fish and more

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 18:47
Abstract: The topic of my findings in this research is all about sustainability – where our food comes from, who makes it, and how we as a society can make a difference in the world, a positive one, rather than continue destroying our environment. When you’re inside or outside of a kitchen, reducing the carbon footprint is very important and can happen while we are working. I hope that my findings can inspire you to rethink your current actions, and how you can do more to promote sustainability. These findings greatly influenced my capstone, with concepts such as root to leaf, nose to tail, my own cultural influences, as well as composting and sustainable fishing practices.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2022
File Attachments: Angela Flores_ Capstone.pdf
Authors: Angela Flores

Fusion Cuisine

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 12:35
Abstract: Fusion cuisine has become popular in today's modernized society. This cuisine combines different culinary traditions that originate from different countries, regions, or cultures. Due to more local fresh produce and the availability of Asian spices, many chefs are combining diverse cultures to create some unique dishes. This fad has become an ongoing trend in many different restaurants all over the world, and it appears to be here to stay. From home cooks to master chefs every person has experienced fusion cuisine before. Finding a way to incorporate different styles and flavors can be challenging, but the quality of your dishes can be worth it. 
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2022
Authors: Jeree Cain

Twenty-Year Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) Management Plan for the State of Montana

Mon, 04/25/2022 - 16:41
Abstract: Northern Hawk Owls (Surnia ulula) are a Holarctic species found primarily in the northern latitudes. This diurnal species is dependent upon boreal forests that experience either occasional clear cuts or natural forest fires. Northern Hawk Owls are also found in remote areas and difficult habitat which makes it difficult to study and observe. This is the main reason why Northern Hawk Owls are one of the least studied species of owls across the world. Recently, as of 1994, a breeding population has been detected in the state of Montana, particularly the western region closest to Glacier National Park. This breeding population, estimated to be about 36 breeding pairs, has resulted in Northern Hawk Owls being listed as a “species of concern” however there is no management plan for the owls. This management plan seeks to target the main factors that are affecting these owls including forestry operations, human influence, and even climatic changes in the near future. This management plan aims to increase adult Northern Hawk Owl populations in the next 20 years. Objectives to reach this goal include better research on the population in Montana currently, as well as decrease forestry operations in Northern Hawk Owl habitat. Because there is a limited amount of data on Northern Hawk Owls, especially in Montana, it is key to implement research on the species to gather more data. Observing issues such as breeding and nesting grounds, response to small mammal populations, and overall biology is important to understand for this plan to be successful. One objective to combat declining breeding habitat is working with logging and forestry companies to educate workers on the importance of keeping clear cuts under 100ha in areas where there are known breeding hawk owls. Prescribed burns could also be another way to increase Northern Hawk Owl presence. By burning selected areas, it can increase vegetation and have positive impacts on the small mammal population. Another important objective to this plan is working with Native American tribal landowners on this management plan. Since the Montana state government has little to no jurisdiction over private tribal land, it is important to work with the Native American tribal community and create a relationship with private landowners. This is a key step to determining where exactly Northern Hawk Owls are nesting in the state. In order to reach the general public about these issues, educational posters will be displayed around National Park areas in Montana state. Surveys will also be given out in a variety of ways including Q-R codes at rest areas and hiking trailheads. This survey will determine how involved and educated the general public is about Northern Hawk Owls and the conservation of the species. This species is uncommon, but with the implementation of these objectives and actions in this management plan, greater awareness can be brought about to help the conservation of Northern Hawk Owls in Montana.
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Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Year: 2022
File Attachments: Brogan_26April2022_0.docx
Authors: Lindsay A. Brogan

Ten-Year Peaks of Otter Salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) Management Plan for Virginia

Mon, 04/25/2022 - 20:16
Abstract: The Peaks of Otter salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) is a native Virginian salamander with a small range of only 〖19km〗^2 in Virginia. There is little known about P.hubrichti but it is a species of concern in Virginia and is also an IUCN vulnerable species. Conservation concerns include timbering, and the threat of amphibian diseases. This management plan aims to maintain and increase the P.hubrichti population. The main goals are to maintain and increase the current population, and to understand the ecology of the species. For this to be accomplished, a long term study will be put into place to get accurate population estimates and survival rates. Also, the timbering may continue but will be closely monitored and only shelterwood cuts will be allowed within the P.hubrichti range. Additionally, education on amphibian diseases will be activated within the park. With the use of these actions, we can learn more about P.hubrichti and ensure this species' future.
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Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Year: 2022
Authors: Yelena Jaquith

25 Year Bengal Fox (Vulpes bengalensis) Management Plan for Karnataka, India

Tue, 04/26/2022 - 11:18
Abstract: Bengal foxes (Vulpes bengalensis) are a small canid endemic to India and adjacent regions. They are opportunistic omnivores, consuming a wide variety of food-items which may vary in abundance seasonally and/or spatially. Conservation issues of primary concern include habitat loss, habitat degradation, poaching, and outbreaks of enzootic diseases. Space needed to accommodate the growing human population as well as increases in agricultural and industrial output has led to encroachment of humans onto Bengal fox habitat. This management plan aims to increase Bengal fox populations within Karnataka, India to ~10,000 individuals to allow grazing and development practices to continue. Objectives to reach this goal include estimating and mapping habitat suitability in Karnataka, performing a mark-recapture study to gain information on population dynamics, providing public education on Bengal fox conservation to residents and ecotourists, and increasing the survivorship of pup and juvenile age classes. To estimate habitat suitability, vegetation will need to be surveyed throughout Karnataka using a series of randomly generated plots. Measurements of habitat suitability will be compiled in a map utilizing ArcGIS which will help locate areas with potentially high Bengal fox densities. A mark-recapture study will be executed to gain knowledge on survivorship of the Bengal fox population in Karnataka. A Cormack-Jolly-Seber Model will be utilized to interpret survivorship of the Bengal fox population following the mark-recapture study. Data on current Bengal fox population dynamics is lacking from the literature and is necessary for the needs of this management plan as well as future studies on Bengal foxes. Public education of Bengal fox conservation will take place in public schools and various ecotourist destinations to help identify uncertainties and biases in knowledge. The distribution of surveys will evaluate public awareness and perceptions of Bengal fox conservation needs in Karnataka after public education initiatives have been implemented for multiple years. Community support and involvement will be crucial in minimizing poaching events and overgrazing of Karnataka’s grasslands. Survivorship of pup and juvenile age classes will be increased through the restoration of habitat, discontinuation of overgrazing, and declaration of Karnataka as a “Closed Area”. Local communities will qualify for incentives gained from revenues of localized protected areas to discontinue harmful grazing practices and allow habitat restoration to occur on their lands. By declaring Karnataka, a “Closed Area”, hunting of local wildlife species would be banned but development projects and overgrazing practices could continue. Therefore, public support of this management plan must be gained for conservation to be successful. Implementation of this management plan will potentially raise the Bengal fox population of Karnataka, India to ~10,000 individuals for the benefit of their ecosystem and the local ecotourism industry.
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Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Year: 2022
Authors: Damon M. Emerson

20 Year Management Plan of Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii behnkei) in Southeastern Idaho

Tue, 04/26/2022 - 21:05
Abstract: Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii behnkei) is a freshwater trout species native to the upper Snake River and its tributaries between the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. This species is recognizable by its fine hair-like spots delicately speckling its entire body, and often have distinctively rosy colored gill plates which characterize its name, “cutthroat”. Similar to many salmonid species, cutthroat face many challenges with reproducing due to predatory competition within spawning season. Larger, more dominant fish such as Brown Trout (Salmo trutta), and Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are known to often prey on active Cutthroat redds for an easy opportunity for a meal. With 0.03% of Cutthroat Trout eggs having the chance to survive to become parr, the risk of predatory species eliminating a large portion of these eggs is becoming increasingly more and more important to manage. These predators continue to be introduced and stocked into more native Cutthroat Trout waters, which is not allowing this species of concern to thrive or reproduce in greater numbers on their own. Aside from predators in the water, all trout species are currently facing the detrimental effects of climate change, which are impacting waterways worldwide and most especially cold-water fisheries. With rising risks of drought, forest fires, low water levels and high water temperatures, Cutthroat Trout are in urgent need of proper management. To increase the opportunity for Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat Trout to abundantly reproduce, a 20-year management plan studying best fit practices for conserving Cutthroat Trout eggs within redds will be introduced. This study will assess how to protect the redds safely and effectively without harming the amount of oxygen the eggs will be receiving and keeping predators away from the redds without causing damage to other microhabitats within the streams. Education will also be a large component of this management plan, aiming to increase public knowledge and awareness of ethical catch and release practices of anglers, and maintaining ethical decisions while fishing highly trafficked fishing locations during summer months. For a species already suffering from lack of reproduction and struggling with the outcome on streams from climate change, pressure from fishing tourism is a large variable that is crucial to properly manage. With the implementation of extended research on protecting redds, increased public education events on trout conservation, and improved knowledge to fishermen on ethical fishing practices in order to keep this trophy species healthy, the future for Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat Trout has potential to improve significantly.
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Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Year: 2022
File Attachments: DiMeolo_Capstone22.pdf
Authors: Dinah K. DiMeolo