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Death Valley – Dante’s View Re-opens After Facelift

Sierra Rec Magazine – National Park Updates – May 2018 – DEATH VALLEY, CA – After four months of closure for construction, Dantes View overlook is again open to the public. Death Valley National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds states, “Dantes View is one of the most popular sites in the park, and every year over half a million people make the drive up to Dantes to see Badwater basin a mile below them! However, the site was in desperate need of stabilization and now provides a much better visitor experience.” Located over 5,600 feet above Badwater Basin, Dantes View provides...

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The Opening Of The Mariposa Grove In Yosemite National Park Will Demand Traffic Controls

Yosemite National Park Announces Bus Parking Reservations for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Reservations will be available May 15, 2018 on  Yosemite National Park announces that parking reservations will be required for all buses over 20 feet in length, including commercial tour buses, non-commercial buses, and mini-buses, to park and visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove will reopen to the public on Friday, June 15, 2018.  Bus reservations will be available beginning at 7:00 am PDTon Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on for the summer and fall seasons from June 15, 2018 through November 30, 2018. Four parking spaces for buses will be available for buses over 20 feet in length at the Reserved Bus Parking Area when the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias reopens to the public. This Reserved Bus Parking Area is located across from the existing South Entrance restroom (on the upper side of the Mariposa Grove Road). Bus parking reservations will cost $1.50 and will be non-refundable. Companies, organizations, and individuals will be able to book a maximum of 2 bus reservations per day. A maximum of 6 bus reservations may be booked within a single logon session. Reservations are for 3-hour blocks. Operators cannot exceed the 3-hour parking limit. Reservations will be available daily during the summer within the following 3-Hour time blocks: 8:00 am -11:00 am 8:30 am -11:30 am 9:00 am -12:00 pm  9:30 am...

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AMGEN BIKE TOUR RACES INTO SOUTH LAKE TAHOE AND THE CARSON VALLEY MAY 18-19 Sierra Rec Magazine – The Carson Valley – May 16, 2018 – Men and Women World Champions, Olympic Medalists and Tour de France Veterans Set to Compete in America’s Biggest Race this weekend in Lake Tahoe. The top cycling teams in the world on the men’s side have already started in California and will be ending this weekend with a stage that carries them to the shores of South Lake Tahoe, then the Women will take center stage with an early mountain challenge starting South Lake and be traversing Luther Pass, The Carson Valley and Kingsbury Grade. The 2018 edition of America’s premier cycling stage race for men  covers 645 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines during seven stages from Long Beach to Sacramento May 13-19 while the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, showcasing the world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently May 17-19, covering upward of 187 miles over three stages. The annual professional cycling events are the only U.S. races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and continue to attract some of the most renowned cyclists and teams in the world, including UCI’s top-five ranked men’s WorldTour teams at the conclusion of the 2017 season.   “The Amgen Tour of California has long been dedicated to elevating women’s cycling. It’s a special race that attracts the highest...

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Invites Public Comment on Alternatives for a Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Sierra Rec Magazine – MINERAL, CA – Lassen Volcanic National Park has prepared a range of alternatives for a Wilderness Stewardship Plan Environmental Assessment, and would like to invite public comment on those alternatives for the next 30 days. “This plan will provide management guidance for most of the park since 74% of Lassen Volcanic National Park is designated Wilderness and another 13% of the backcountry is managed similarly to wilderness,” stated Park Superintendent Jim Richardson. Lassen Volcanic Wilderness was designated by Congress as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System on October 19, 1972. To date, 79,062 acres are designated wilderness...

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Kings Beach State Recreation Area General Plan Released for Public Comment

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – California State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy) seek public input on the future of Kings Beach State Recreation Area (Kings Beach SRA). Over the next 20 years, the public entities would like to add new facilities such as an outdoor event stage, lakeside promenade and small administration building. There is also a proposal to relocate the pier, playground, picnic areas and basketball court, and modify the restrooms and parking areas. The current boat ramp would be replaced with a smaller, nonmotorized lake access point. The deadline to submit feedback on the proposed...

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Notice of Availability: Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley Base-to-Base Gondola Project Draft EIS/EIR

Squaw Valley, Calif. –The U.S. Forest Service and Placer County have released the draft Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Base-to-Base Gondola Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The draft EIS/ EIR is now available online at: Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC. has proposed a base-to-base gondola project connecting Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski areas including two mid-stations, multiple towers along the alignment, and eight Gazex avalanche mitigation exploders to be installed within the Alpine Meadows Ski Area boundary. The draft EIS/ EIR has been prepared by the U.S. Forest Service and Placer County in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act, respectively. Three action alternatives are analyzed in detail within the draft EIS/ EIR. A No-Action alternative has been analyzed as well. The notice of availability initiates a 45-day public comment period for the draft EIS/ EIR, which begins on April 27, 2018. Specific information regarding the comment period can be found within the draft EIS/ EIR. Two public meetings are scheduled during the 45-day comment period; A U.S. Forest Service open house meeting will be held on May 22, 2018, and a Placer County Planning Commission meeting will be held on May 24, 2018. The public is invited to attend both of these events; however, formal public comments will only be recorded at the May 24, 2018 planning commission meeting....

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Forest Service seeks input on draft environmental assessment for the Incline Management Plan

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is seeking comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed management of 1,083 acres of National Forest System lands off the Mt. Rose Highway (SR 431) above Incline Village, Nevada. Comments will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of the legal notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on Friday, April 27, 2018. “With the Incline Management Plan Project, we aim to restore the Incline Meadow wetland and surrounding habitat, improving water quality, benefitting wildlife and vegetation, and improving dispersed recreation opportunities on the North...

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Forest Service releases final decision for Heavenly Mountain Resort improvements

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – This week, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) issued a final decision for proposed improvements to existing skiing and snowboarding terrain at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Improvements will include selective widening of ski trails, removing trail obstacles and relocation and/or realignment of some portions of existing snowmaking air and water pipelines to improve user experience, maintain user safety, increase energy and water efficiency, and maintain native species. “Heavenly Mountain Resort is an exemplary partner. Throughout the planning of this project, they have worked alongside our commitment to improve recreation experiences for our visitors,” said Jeff Marsolais, LTBMU Forest Supervisor. “Together, we will continue to work on innovative and unique resource protection measures that meet the needs of the public, while providing world-class recreation on National Forest System lands.” Ski trail widening to reduce bottlenecks and improve skier flow, will include tree removal and selective boulder relocation on approximately 12 trails, with grading required in two locations to match the widened area to the grade of the existing trail. Due to the widening, any existing snowmaking lines will be relocated to the new edge of the trail. Removal of obstacles, such as boulders, stumps and logs, will take place on 11 trails to improve natural snow surface coverage, improve early season use of those trails, and conserve water used in snowmaking. The proposal to remove trail...

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The Village at Squaw Valley® Hosts Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 21

One of the largest celebrations in the area invites the local community to learn about North Lake Tahoe environmental issues, celebrate and prom Sierra Rec Magazine, Olympic Valley, Calif. April 19, 2018 – The 2018 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival returns to the Village at Squaw Valley on Saturday, April 21. One of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the area, the free community event takes place at the Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. , and gives kids and adults the opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, and sustainability through hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy. As part of the Drink Mountain Tap program, single-use plastic water bottles can be turned in at the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows tent in exchange for a free refillable bottle. Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows was the first ski resort in North America to ban the sale of single-use water bottles, instead offering refillable bottles across the resort at the same price point as a disposable bottle. At a diverse array of earth-friendly educational booths displayed throughout the day, participants can get dirty in the compost zone, explore new ways to recycle, learn about solar energy, and check out “The Discovery Zone” hosted by the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. The event also boasts live music from Truth Cartel and The Sextones, raffle prizes, a dance presentation and...

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Tahoe Fund Expands Advisory Council In 2018

Tahoe Fund Expands Advisory Council INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and TAHOE CITY, Calif.  – April 19, 2018 – The Tahoe Fund has expanded its Advisory Council to include the Forest Supervisor of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Jeff Marsolais, and the Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Joanne Marchetta.  Marsolais and Marchetta add federal and regional agency representation to the council that already includes Patrick Wright, Executive Director of the California Tahoe Conservancy and Jim Lawrence, Deputy Director of Nevada’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “The role of the Advisory Council is to provide counsel and advice to the Tahoe...

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Andy Wirth Retires as President & COO of Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Ron Cohen, Deputy General Counsel at Alterra Mountain Company, to serve in the interim while search begins for new President & COO Sierra Rec Magazine – Olympic Valley, Calif. –  April 12, 2018 – Following eight years at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Andy Wirth has announced plans to retire and step down from the position of President & COO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. “It is after careful consideration and reflection that I have made this decision,” said Wirth. “My retirement will allow me to not only spend more time with my family, but focus on some of my passions,...

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Inyo National Forest Welcomes New Forest Supervisor

Tammy Randall-Parker Takes Over Forest Supervisor Role in Inyo National Forest April 30th Sierra Rec Magazine, April 12, 2018 – Industry Updates – The Inyo National Forest welcomes Tammy Randall-Parker as the Forest Supervisor, who will start in her new position on April 30. Randall-Parker has 27 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service. Most recently, she has served as the Ouray District Ranger with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests in Colorado. Tammy has served the Forest Service in a variety of leadership positions as a District Ranger, Acting Forest Supervisor on the Prescott National Forest,...

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