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Judge puts hold on plan to open California lands to fracking
A federal judge on Tuesday tentatively rejected a plan by the federal Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central California to oil drilling and fracking ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | California Bureau of Land Management Petroleum Federal Bureau of Investigation Hydraulic fracturing Oil well Sierra Nevada President of the United States
Officials: Yosemite National Park to add 400 acres of meadows, forest in largest expansion in decades
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Officials: Yosemite National Park to add 400 acres of meadows, forest in largest expansion in decades.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Yosemite National Park Weather National Park Service Mariposa County California Sierra Nevada Madera County California Yosemite Valley John Muir
APNewsBreak: Yosemite adding 400 acres of meadow, forest
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say Yosemite National Park will add 400 acres of meadows and forest in its largest expansion in 70 years.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Yosemite National Park Hetch Hetchy Valley Merced River Sierra Nevada Yosemite Valley John Muir Tuolumne River O'Shaughnessy Dam
Yosemite announces biggest expansion in 70 years, adding new meadows and forest land
In the biggest expansion in 70 years, Yosemite National Park officials announced Wednesday the addition of 400 acres to the park. The addition features wetlands and a grassy meadow surrounded by tall pine trees on rolling hills that are home to endangered wildlife.  Ackerson Meadow is located along...
23897 points by Los Angeles Times | Yosemite National Park Great Grey Owl National Park Service Sierra Nevada National park John Muir Pine
Officials: Yosemite National Park to add 400 acres of meadows, forest in largest expansion in decade
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Officials: Yosemite National Park to add 400 acres of meadows, forest in largest expansion in decades.
1 points by The Washington Times | Yosemite National Park National Park Service Mariposa County California Sierra Nevada Madera County California Yosemite Valley John Muir National park
Another reservoir overflows as Northern California receives more rain
The milestones marking California’s wettest year in decades continued to pile up Thursday, as state water officials said a reservoir high up in the Sierra Nevada has exceeded capacity for the first time in 21 years. Lake Davis began overflowing onto its earth-and-rock spillway Wednesday after a...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | California Sierra Nevada Northern pike Area code 530 Nevada Water Rain Reservoir
Sierra Nevada lakes hold climate clues
Anyone with an internet connection can see temperature and air sampling data that shows Earth is warming due to humans burning fossil fuels. But when it comes to learning what climate change means to pristine Sierra Nevada lakes, tapping a keyboard isn’t good enough.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Sierra Nevada Nevada John Muir Trail Lake Tahoe Sierra Nevada California Mount Whitney John Muir
Trump approves FEMA disaster declaration for 34 California counties hit by storms
The federal government has made money available to help dozens of California counties recover from a series of deadly storms that triggered floods, mudslides and avalanches statewide last month. From Jan. 3 to 12, the state was pounded by a series of storms that buried the Sierra Nevada in snow...
382 points by Los Angeles Times | California California Gold Rush Northern California Redding California Rain United States Sierra Nevada Sacramento California
‘Firefall’ phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite’s El Capitan
Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California’s Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava.
-2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Yosemite Valley Yosemite National Park El Capitan National Park Service Sierra Nevada Glacier Point Mariposa County California Light
'Firefall' phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite's El Capitan
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley Fresno California El Capitan Mariposa County California National Park Service Sierra Nevada Glacier Point
Triple-threat storm brings high winds, avalanche and flooding danger to northwestern Nevada
A half foot of new snow has fallen at ski resorts, winds up to 145 mph are forecast at high elevations and a flood warning is in effect for Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nevada Reno Nevada Washoe County Nevada Lake Tahoe Sierra Nevada Carson City Nevada California Placer County California
Sierra storm packs triple threat; avalanches, floods, winds
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A major storm packing a triple threat in the Sierra has prompted warnings for potential avalanches in the mountains, floods in the valleys and high winds across much of western Nevada. School was delayed two hours Tuesday on the north end of Lake Tahoe, where a ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Nevada Reno Nevada Washoe County Nevada Lake Tahoe Carson City Nevada Placer County California Sierra Nevada Truckee River
California storms could trigger floods, mudslides and bring 120-mph winds, forecasters warn
The storms didn’t pack the punch of the atmospheric rivers that swept across California in January. But the first of two storms that arrived before sunrise Monday dropped much welcomed rain and snow from the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada down to San Diego County. After years of sustained...
552 points by Los Angeles Times | California Meteorology Rain Wind Precipitation California Gold Rush San Francisco Bay Area Sierra Nevada
California's snowy slopes are smoothed for Sierra ski season
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Snows are blanketing the slopes of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California and skiers and resorts alike are eagerly anticipating next week's beginning of the ski season. Machines are churning out artificial snow and plows are mixing it with the real thing Friday as Wednesday's beginning ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Lake Tahoe California Nevada Sierra Nevada Snow California Gold Rush Mediterranean climate Sierra Nevada
Officials: Drought kills 102 million trees in California
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the California drought has now killed more than 102 million trees. The U.S. Forest Service said Friday that an aerial survey shows more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state since 2015. Officials blame California's five-year drought and bark beetle ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | California Tom Vilsack United States Secretary of Agriculture United States Department of Agriculture United States California Gold Rush Nevada Sierra Nevada
Number of dead trees in California soars to 102 million, sparking alarm over drought, fire danger
The number of dead trees in California’s drought-stricken forests has risen dramatically to more than 102 million, according to the results of a new aerial survey released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Officials said they were alarmed by the increase in dead trees, which they estimated...
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How to start backpacking even though it is a dumb idea
Here’s some grudgingly-delivered advice based on one hiker's limited experience.         
236 points by Arizona Republic | Sierra Nevada Hiking Sierra Nevada Yosemite National Park Backpacking Trail Donner Pass Long-distance trail
8 of the most memorable drives in the West
In national parks throughout the West, rangers and traffic engineers work long hours to nudge travelers out of their cars and onto trails — or at least onto shuttle buses and other less polluting alternatives. But the dramatic roads that the National Park Service carved out in the early 20th century...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | National Park Service Yosemite National Park Yellowstone National Park National park California Yosemite Valley Sierra Nevada United States
Expansion of Yosemite might break federal law, congressman claims
A U.S. lawmaker has accused Yosemite National Park of breaking federal law by adding 400 acres for a wildlife preserve without clearing it through Congress, but federal officials said Friday that he's misinterpreting the law. The addition of wetlands, grassy meadows and forest on Yosemite's western...
446 points by Los Angeles Times | Yosemite National Park National Park Service El Capitan Yosemite Valley Mariposa County California Tuolumne County California John Muir Sierra Nevada
APNewsBreak: Legality of Yosemite park expansion disputed
FRESNO, Calif. — A U.S. lawmaker accused Yosemite National Park of breaking federal law by adding 400 acres for a wildlife preserve without clearing it through Congress, but federal officials said Friday that he's misinterpreting the law.The addition of wetlands, grassy meadows and forest on Yosemite's western boundary marks its largest expansion in nearly 70 years. Any significant amount of land added to a national park needs congressional approval, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop said in a statement to The Associated Press.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Yosemite National Park Hetch Hetchy Valley National Park Service Tuolumne River O'Shaughnessy Dam John Muir Sierra Nevada Tuolumne County California