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Barron Edward

Barron Edward

Barron Edward is a staff writer for the Daily Montanan. Barron was born in Utah but raised in Billings, Montana. After attending BYU, he landed at the University of Montana where he is a senior majoring in journalism. Barron has done freelance work for the Ravalli Republic and has trained as a photographer. He enjoys the outdoor life Montana has to offer, skiing, biking, and hiking whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Mid-year report shows boom in state park visitors

By: - August 5, 2021

Fire and smoke are choking out some Montana communities, but mid-year visitation numbers show tourism is thriving, with a record number of visitors flocking to state parks this year. Visitation to Montana parks so far has increased 11.1% over 2020 and 44.1% over 2019, according to data provided by the University of Montana’s Institute of […]

2020 was the worst fire season in 2,000 years, research shows, and it’s expected to get worse

By: - July 31, 2021

Rocky Mountain high-elevation forests burned more in 2020 than they have in 2,000 years, according to researchers from the University of Montana and the University of Wyoming. UM professor Philip Higuera said he and his team conducted the study of present and historic burn patterns using data collected during 15 years.  He said that this […]

Glacier reports 41 percent increase in visitors on Going-to-the-Sun Road

By: - July 6, 2021

On opening day this year, the number of visitors to Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road soared compared to its 2019 season.  In a news release on Friday, the park said it saw a 41 percent increase in vehicles on the road compared to opening day in 2019, with the overall number of cars and trucks […]