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Saline Valley Warm Springs Recreational Management Plan Finalized In Death Valley

Sierra Rec Magazine - NPS News Release - May 10 , 2019 - DEATH VALLEY, CA – The National Park Service announced on May 10 that it has finalized the Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (plan/EIS). The document outlines the agency’s plan for managing visitor use, natural resources, cultural resources, [...]

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National Park Service Releases Serious Accident Investigation and Corrective Action Plan in Arrowhead Hotshot Brian Hughes Fatality

Sierra Rec Magazine - NPS Release - The National Park Service released the findings and follow-up corrective action plan in the July 2018 death of National Park Service (NPS) Arrowhead Hotshot, Captain Brian Hughes. Hughes, age 33, and his crew were working on the Ferguson fire on the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite National Park [...]

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Threatened California Red-Legged Frogs Making a Comeback in Yosemite National Park After a 50-Year Absence

Cooperative Effort by the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and NatureBridge Sierra Rec Magazine - Yosemite National Park New Release - May 2019 ~ Federally threatened California red-legged frogs are showing signs of a return to Yosemite Valley in [...]

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Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meeting to Provide Updates on the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center and the Tuolumne Meadows Parking Relocation Projects

Sierra Rec Magazine - Yosemite National Park New Release - May, 8 2019 - Yosemite National Park is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Groveland Community Hall (18720 Highway 120, Groveland, CA) to provide an update on two upcoming projects: the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center and the Tuolumne Meadows [...]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Seeks Public Comment on Replace Drakesbad Wasterwater Disposal Field Environmental Assessment

Could The Drakesbad Guest Ranch Be in Danger of Closing to the Public? MINERAL, CA – Lassen Volcanic National Park Superintendent Jim Richardson invites comment during a 30-day public review period of the Replace Drakesbad Wastewater Disposal Field Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA analyzes the impacts of two alternatives—a no action alternative and the park’s proposed/preferred alternative [...]

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National Junior Ranger Day Kicks Off National Park Week Saturday

We treasure our National Parks in the Sierra and the Western Region, and creating a future generation of care takers and enthusiast is a project that we at Sierra Rec enjoy promoting. Saturday, April 20, 2109 National Parks around the country including Yosemite, Lassen, Death Valley, and Seqouia and Kings Canyon will kick off this [...]

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What To Do At Lassen Volcanic National Park in April And May

As snow removal operations begin in Lassen, here is a list of activities to consider in early spring visit to the park. Lassen Volcanic National Park always receives a good amount of snow each year. But in 2019, the heavy snow-pack has left the park with 133% of average in the early weeks of April. [...]

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Yosemite National Park Announces the Launch of a Pilot Daily Lottery for Camp 4 Campground

Camp 4 daily lottery to go into effect beginning on Tuesday, May 21, 2019  Sierra REC Magazine - Nps New Release - Yosemite National Park announces that a new pilot lottery program for Camp 4 Campground will launch on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. This daily lottery system will be operated through Recreation.gov and will help improve the [...]

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National Park Waste Reduction Efforts Receive $2.1 Million Donation from 2018 Subaru Share the Love® Event

NOW IN ITS 11TH YEAR, AUTOMAKER’S ANNUAL PHILANTHROPIC EVENT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR CRITICAL SUPPORT ACROSS THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM INCLUDING YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK WASHINGTON—The National Park Foundation announced Tuesday April 9, that Subaru raised $2.1 million for national parks through its 2018 Subaru Share the Love® Event. This donation enables the National Park Foundation to [...]

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Scotty’s Castle Projects Pass Environmental Assessment

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park to Remain Closed Until 2020. DEATH VALLEY, CA – The National Park Service (NPS) has completed its final environmental reviews of proposed projects to repair flood damage at Scotty’s Castle. Meanwhile, work has already started on projects approved earlier. The popular historic site could be partially open by [...]

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Celebrate Earth Day & National Park Week in Death Valley National Park

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Death Valley National Park will host a variety of programs April 14-22 for Earth Day and National Park Week. One of 419 national park sites, Death Valley is 3.4 million acres, the largest national park in the contiguous United States. Biologists and park rangers will present programs about wildlife, plants, geology, [...]

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Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 20, 2019

Visitors are invited to help us celebrate Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday in Yosemite Valley    Yosemite National Park will be celebrating Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday on Saturday, April 20, 2019. There will be activities for all ages throughout [...]

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Yosemite National Park Announces the Mariposa Grove Road and the Free Visitor Shuttle Open for the Season on Friday, April 12, 2019

Visitors should prepared for snowy conditions in the Lower and Upper Grove Sierra Rec Magazine - April 8, 2019 - Yosemite National Park announces that the Mariposa Grove Road will reopen to automobiles on Friday, April 12, 2019. The free visitor shuttle to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will also resume service for the busy [...]

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Yosemite Conservancy Provides $15.3 Million in Support to Yosemite National Park for Priority Projects and Programs

Yosemite National Park, April 1, 2019 – Yosemite Conservancy is providing $15.3 million in support to Yosemite National Park to protect the rare Sierra Nevada red fox, revitalize wetlands and fund volunteer programs, among nearly 50 programs and grants it is backing in 2019. “With four million visitors each year, Yosemite needs to be nurtured to remain a national [...]

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Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 20, 2019

Visitors are invited to help us celebrate Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday in Yosemite Valley     Yosemite National Park will be celebrating Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday on Saturday, April 20, 2019. There will be activities for all ages throughout [...]

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Backpacking Young Lakes in Yosemite

Sierra Rec Magazine, August 2018 - Backpacking in Yosemite is a life goal for many who visit this pristine granite palace in the High Sierra.  As a beginning backpacker, I was overjoyed to learn in March that we had secured 6 passes into the Yosemite Wilderness and Young Lakes, for my first backpacking experience ever.  [...]

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