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Author: Charlie Pankey

Time to Visit California’s Gold Country

California’s Gold Country will soon be in full bloom & It is Time to Start Chasing Waterfalls in Tuolumne County’s Yosemite Sierra Rec Magazine – Tuolumne County, CA – March 21,2019 – Spring brings wildflowers, waterfalls, and longer days to explore the abundance of adventure in Tuolumne County. California’s Gold Country will soon be in full bloom. Capture the painted hills with a hike through the Red Hills and Table Mountain, or from the cab of an 1897 State Historic Park Wildflower Train. Stroll through the blossoming apple orchards at Indigeny Reserve and taste their organic hard ciders. Be...

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Youth Groups Invited to Apply to Lassen Volcano Adventure Camp

Sierra Rec Magazine – National Park News – March 20, 2019 – Lassen Volcanic National Park and its partner Lassen Park Foundation invite youth groups to plan their night under the stars at the Volcano Adventure Camp this summer. Lassen Park Foundation will accept applications for grants to cover the cost of a trip to the youth camping facility in Lassen Volcanic through April 2. “In 2018 we welcomed 484 youth to camp, hike, learn, and connect to nature and each other,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “We are looking forward to hosting yet another group of young adventurers in...

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National Park Foundation and Winnebago Industries Announce New Partnership Supporting America’s National Parks

FOREST CITY — For more than six decades, Winnebago Industries has created products that enable customers to explore America’s national parks. Today, Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, strengthened that connection by announcing a multi-year partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, in support of the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement. This public awareness campaign inspires people of all backgrounds and abilities to discover and share their own unique connections to America’s national parks. “Our purpose, throughout our Winnebago, Grand Design and Chris-Craft families, is to help...

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Death Valley Hosts Record 1,678,660 Visitors in 2018

Has the general public finally realized the stunning beauty of Death Valley DEATH VALLEY, CA –Death Valley National Park’s visitation has doubled in the past 9 years and increased by 30% over the past year. In 2018, a record 1,678,660 people recreated in the park.  “It’s really exciting to see so many people from around the world experiencing and appreciating the beauty of Death Valley National Park,” said Superintendent Mike Reynolds.  While it might be logical to assume the desert park’s visitation is highest in winter, visitation is actually relatively constant year-round. Last year’s busiest month was August, with...

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Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor a five week, Youth Conservation Corps program

Youth Conservation Corps 2019 – Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree National Park News, March 15, 2019  – This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor a five week, Youth Conservation Corps program. Youths between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, applicants may not reach their 19th birthday during the program. Applicants are selected through a random lottery, but the crew will be composed evenly of male and female selectees. Selected applicants will start work on July 15, 2019, and continue in the program until August 15, 2019. Corps members will earn...

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Yosemite National Park Announces Late Seasonal Openings for Several Park Facilities

Significant damage from heavy winter snowpack has resulted in delayed openings Yosemite National Park announces that there will be late seasonal openings to facilities throughout the park. These late openings are due to the exceptionally heavy snowpack in Yosemite National Park and the subsequent extensive damage to many park facilities. Yosemite National Park experienced significant snowfall over the winter season. The March 1 snow survey showed that both the Merced and Tuolumne River drainages are measuring at approximately 143 percent of normal (the final snow survey of the year will be conducted on April 1). Several significant storm systems...

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Carson City Off-Road Announces New Event Date of June 28-30

Two weeks later date will accommodate extra snowmelt in huge Sierra Nevada winter (CARSON CITY, NEV.) March 11, 2019 – In order to deliver on the objective of giving mountain bikers a true backcountry experience on world-class singletrack that challenges riders as much as it inspires & rewards, and allowing for extra snowmelt time in a potentially record-setting Sierra Nevada winter, Epic Rides today announced a date change of the Carson City Off-Road from June 14-16 to June 28-30. “If you’ve been paying attention to the weather in the Sierra Nevada, they’ve been getting hammered with snowstorms since late...

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Yosemite National Park Announces that the 2019 Half Dome Preseason Lottery will Open on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will open at 7:00 am PDT on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Yosemite National Park, March 7, 2019 – Yosemite National Park announces that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will open at 7:00 am PDT on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. For the latest information on the Half Dome preseason lottery, please visit All hikers are required to have permits to ascend the subdome steps and the Half Dome cables seven days a week when the cables are up. Park Rangers install the Half Dome cables each spring and take...

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NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Programs for Teens in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks Builds Future Scientists and Leaders

Registration is open for summer backpacking programs in Yosemite YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — February 28, 2019 —NatureBridge, the largest non-profit educational partner of theNational Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for middle and high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer. These one-week and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science and adventure and give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in two of the most iconic national parks in the country. NatureBridge Summer Backpacking programs are designed to develop future environmental leaders as they take students on a challenging physical and...

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Sierra At Tahoe Hosts USASA Rail Jam: Jammin’ 4 Tash

Annual Rail Jam will honor Natasha “Tash” Sagucka, a former USASA athlete who lost her battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Sierra-At-Tahoe, March 7, 2019 – Come jib your heart out on some awesome features and commemorate a rider near and dear to the Sierra family. The Rail Jam will honor Natasha “Tash” Sagucka, a former USASA athlete who lost her battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Cancer Research for A.L.L to support further research of diseases like the one Natasha had. Celebrate the spirit of Tash and throw down your...

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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows plans to once again host the longest ski season in Tahoe Olympic Valley, Calif., March 6, 2019 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is in the midst of a record-breaking snow season, with plans to operate Squaw Valley until Sunday, July 7, weather and conditions permitting. Squaw Valley will be open Friday through Sunday after Memorial Day on May 27. Alpine Meadows will operate into the month of May, with a schedule dependent on weather, conditions and the construction of the new high-speed chair lift that will replace Hot Wheels. The 2019-20 Ikon Pass is now on sale with...

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Squaw Valley Punches Through 400″ Mark For Snow This Winter

With Thursdays Storm Totals squaw Valley became the First Tahoe Ski Resort to Pass 400″ for the Season Olympic Valley, February 15, 2019 – February has continued to bless the Sierra mountain resorts, with this weekends storms expected to bring several more feet of snow to the region, many resorts are planning now for late spring early summer skiing. In Lake Tahoe Squaw Valley celebrated Valentines with news that they have passed the 400″ mark for seasonal snow . Squaw Valley averages 450 inches of pristine snowfall every winter – piled up into fluffy, powdery form all over our...

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