Category: News and Events

Plumas National Forest offers virtual customer service

Plumas National Foresthas closed offices and implemented virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.   Customers needing information, permits and maps are encouraged to call local offices at the numbers below, during regular business hours for prompt, customer service.   “As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority,” said Chris Carlton, Forest Supervisor “We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together...

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Yosemite National Park Closed to All Visitors

Yosemite National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance Yosemite National Park – March 21, 2020 – Well this would be considered a very dark day for us and many national park enthusiasts across our region. Last night in ligth of the California Shut down bacause of the Covid-19 virus outbreak we received notice from Caltrans that Yosemite National PArk is being shut down, not just services but access in whole. Here is the press release. Yosemite NP, California – Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations at the request of the local health department. As...

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Sierra Mountain communities Named in SBA Economic Disaster Declaration

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Director Mark S. Ghilarducci of the Governor’s Office of...

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Grant Application Period Open for Volcano Adventure Camp For Youth this summer season

Deadline s March 31, 2020 to apply for Summer Grants for your kids. Volcano Adventure Camp will operate June 12 through September 20, 2020 MINERAL, CA- Lassen Volcanic National Park and its partner Lassen Park Foundation invite youth groups to apply for a grant to stay at Volcano Adventure Camp (VAC) this summer season. Lassen Park Foundation will accept applications for grants to cover the cost of a trip to the youth camping facility in Lassen Volcanic through March 31.“Lassen Park Foundation youth camping grants enabled 925 youth to connect to nature and explore their national park,” said Superintendent...

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Yosemite National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

Yosemite NP, California – Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 17, 2020 park visitor centers, the Yosemite Valley Theater, the Yosemite Museum, along with all restaurants and lodges inside the park are closed. The park shuttles are not in operation. All ranger-guided programs have been cancelled. All of these closures will remain in effect through March 31, 2020. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, Yosemite National...

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National Park Service to Temporarily Suspend Park Entrance Fees  To Promote Social distancing

Yosemite, Lassen, Sequoia, Kings Canyon And Death Valley Could Be Fee Free During The Corona Virus Shutdown WASHINGTON – After careful consideration, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt directed the National Park Service (NPS) to temporarily suspend the collection of all park entrance fees until further notice.“I’ve directed the National Park Service to waive entrance fees at parks that remain open. This small step makes it a little easier for the American public to enjoy the outdoors in our incredible National Parks,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.  Other states and municipalities have implemented similar policies waiving fees to parks in an...

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Mammoth Mountain To RECEIVE a new high-speed six-pack detachable chairlift, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows to RECEIVE Expanded Snow Making CAPABILITIES for 2020/2021 Snow seasons

ALTERRA MOUNTAIN COMPANY ANNOUNCES $223 MILLION IN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE 2020/2021 WINTER SEASON Terrain Expansion, Lodging Renovations, Snowmaking DENVER, CO, March 10, 2020 – Alterra Mountain Company announces its plans to invest $223 million in capital improvements across its 15 North American mountain destinations for the upcoming year, continuing the company’s commitment to enhancing the guest experience. This year’s $223 million plan includes $50 million for base area facility development, $48 million towards new lifts and upgrades, expanded terrain, and state-of-the-art snowmaking, $30 million in technology including Ikon Pass and destination app development and data utilization, $27 million toward enhancing base...

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Offering Expanded Access and New Ikon Session Pass – Including Squaw Alpine, Mammoth and June Mountain In The Sierra DENVER, CO, February 27, 2020 – Ikon Pass invites skiers and riders across the globe to unlock adventure and the lowest pricing for winter 20/21 on Thursday, March 5, 2020 when the Ikon Pass will go on sale. After debuting in January 2018, the Ikon Pass enters its third season with 41 inspiring winter destinations, a new four-day product, and continued pass holder benefits. The Ikon Pass offers access to 41 iconic global mountain destinations across the Americas, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand and is...

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Granite View Road Closed at Forest Boundary in INYO National Forest

Popular Alabama Hills Trailhead Road Access Compromised. Foot Traffic Only Alabama Hills, CA – March 3, 2020 – The Granite View Road is closed to vehicles at the Inyo National Forest boundary until further notice due to substantial safety concerns. The closure is at the mouth of the Tuttle Creek Canyon on Inyo National Forest land. It does not affect access to private lands or to BLM lands along the road. The road is washed out in several places and on a narrow ledge above a steep canyon. There have been several serious accidents, including some where vehicles have...

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Yosemite Gateway Counties and Yosemite National Park Honored with Inaugural Visit California Poppy Award for Excellence in Destination Stewardship

Yosemite National Park, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2020) – Visit California honored tourism destinations and attractions across California for excellence in tourism marketing at the organization’s biennial Poppy Awards, held Feb. 11 in San Diego. Yosemite National Park along with Yosemite Gateway Counties- Mono, Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Madera are proud to announce that they were selected as the winner in a surprise inaugural category. The Excellence in Destination Stewardship recognized the destinations for their collaborative digital influencer campaign. The funding for the campaign was a grant from Yosemite National Park for the purpose of encouraging travelers to visit the region on...

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Significant Access Delays and Parking Shortages Expected this Summer Bishop Pass TRAIL HEAD and South Lake Rd – Inyo National forest

South Lake Road Reconstruction Planned for 2020 – Significant Impacts to Access, Parking Bishop Ca, Inyo National Forest – Feb., 25, 2020 – The South Lake Road Reconstruction is planned for the 2020 season under a funding requestfrom Inyo County. The road will be re-paved and needs significant repairs for safety and includes a new bicycle staging area. The Inyo National Forest is also completing trailhead parking and campground improvements in conjunction with this project. Many destinations along the South Lake Road are popular for boating, fishing, hiking and backpacking, and camping. The Bishop Pass Trailhead is a highly...

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Hoover Wilderness & Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Switches over to For Reservations in Hoover Wilderness 2020

2020 HOOVER WILDERNESS PERMITS AVAILABLE TO RESERVE ONLINE AT RECREATION.GOV ON MARCH 18 Bridgeport, CA., Feb. 21, 2020 – Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, visitors to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be able to reserve Hoover Wilderness Permits online through “Previously, Hoover Wilderness Permits were issued by the Forest through a mail-in reservation request process,” said Jan Cutts, Bridgeport District Ranger. “With this transition to, we are excited to be more consistent with our neighboring National Forest and National Park units who are working toward a centralized reservation system.” Wilderness permits are required year-round for any overnight stay in...

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Forest Service Hosts Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Open House in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Anyone Interested In Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Access In The Tahoe Basin invited To Attend SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Feb. 11, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host an open house in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to provide information and seek public input on our annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant applications. The OHMVR applications request funding for trail maintenance and operation of facilities for off-highway vehicle access in the Tahoe Basin. The open house will take place in the Emerald Bay Room at...

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Campground hosts needed for 2020 season In Plumas National Forest

-Little Grass Valley & Sly Creek Reservoirs Need Campground Hosts- February, 19, 2020 – QUINCY, Calif – Volunteer campground hosts are needed for several Plumas National Forest campgrounds located at Little Grass Valley and Sly Creek Reservoirs near La Porte, California. The volunteer positions will likely begin in late May and last into September or October, depending on the weather. “If you’re enthusiastic about camping and like people, this may be a perfect summer activity,” said Dave Brillenz, District Ranger for the Feather River Ranger District. Host duties may include welcoming visitors, sharing news and information about recreational opportunities in...

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Red Bull Raid Levels Up And Returns to Squaw Valley In 2020 | April 3-4

First Of Its Kind, Red Bull Raid Levels Up And Returns to Squaw Valley In 2020 Human Powered Ski And Splitboard Event Combines Speed And Form In Uphill Battle Olympic Valley, CA. (FEB 11, 2020) – Red Bull Raid, the only freeride event in the United States that blends the endurance aspect of competitive uphill ski mountaineering with the technical, progressive style of big-mountain riding, will return to Squaw Valley on the weekend of April 3-4, featuring a newly introduced weather window over the two days to optimize conditions and travel needs for athletes.  With 75 of the finest backcountry...

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Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog AND Granite Chief Wilderness Protected IN NEW Base-to-Base Gondola AGREEMENT

[OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif.] Feb. 10, 2020 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (Squaw Alpine) and Granite Chief Wilderness Protection League (the League) last week announced that they have reached a comprehensive agreement to dismiss the League’s lawsuit against the approval of the Squaw Alpine Base-to-Base Gondola. The agreement details protection measures for Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog habitat and for the nearby Granite Chief Wilderness Area.  Specifically, the agreement conserves potential habitat for the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog and provides funding for its monitoring, research, and potential re-establishment. The agreement also provides funding for the conservation of lands within the...

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Sierra-at-Tahoe to Wed 14 Couples this Valentine’s Day

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – January 30, 2020 – Set to take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, Sierra-at-Tahoe will host the first ever Great Sierra Elopement. On this special day, 14 couples will have the opportunity to say, “I Do,” at 8,852’ atop of 360 Smokehouse BBQ (conditions permitting), featuring panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Peak, Huckleberry Canyon + the Lovers Leap area. Sierra’s own, in-house officiants will be directing the nuptials, while also providing each couple with a photo to commemorate the moment as well as a complimentary beverage before taking their first lap as a...

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Open house for USFS and BLM off-highway vehicle grants scheduled for Feb. 6 IN BISHOP

BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest will hold an open house at the co-located BLM/Forest Service office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, to gather public input for potential off-highway vehicle grant funding requests. The agencies annually request funding from the state of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division to help enhance and manage motorized recreation in the Eastern Sierra. The OHMVR Division distributes a portion of off-highway vehicle registration fees collected to federal- and state-agencies, cities, counties, academic institutions, tribes and non-profit...

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America’s Top Young Nordic Skiers to Compete in Truckee-Tahoe for National Titles in the 2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior Cross Country National Championships

Largest junior XC competition in US will crown Junior National Champions in 4 events ● More than 1,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators expected ● Races held March 9-14 at the ASC Training Center on Donner Summit ● Opening Ceremonies March 8 at Squaw Valley SODA SPRINGS, Calif. — More than 400 of the country’s elite cross-country skiers and future Olympic hopefuls ages 14-19 will gather here in March to compete in the 2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior XC National Championships. Races will be held Monday, March 9 through Saturday, March 14th at the ASC Training Center (ASCTC)...

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Forest Service releases draft decision for Hwy 28 improvements | Lake Tahoe

Project includes next phase of East Shore bike path SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) issued a draft decision for proposed improvements to the Highway 28 corridor from Sand Harbor to Spooner Junction on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. The draft decision incorporates Alternative 2 of the Proposed Action and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process (36 CFR 218.5). Objections will only be accepted from those who submitted project-specific written comments during the designated comment period. Objections must be submitted within 45 days following the publication of the legal...

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