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Whisky Falls Road Washed Out Above Cascadel Woods

NORTH FORK — Though the road to Whisky Falls in the Sierra National Forest has been closed for the season, some may still try to access the area, only to discover that the roadway has washed out. About 1.6 miles up the mountain from the intersection with Road 223 (Cascadel), Forest Road 8S09 is completely washed out. Forest engineers are ...

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Some Bass Lake Ranger District Campgrounds Closed In 2017

NORTH FORK — The unprecedented tree mortality in the Sierra National Forest has created a high number of hazard trees within the Bass Lake Ranger District’s campgrounds. In recognition of how important a role these campgrounds are to the community, county, valley and beyond, select campgrounds will continue to operate under a reservation system for the entire season, says the ...

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Mariposa Biomass Project Secures Land For 2 Megawatt Plant

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Biomass Project (MBP) has achieved several milestones toward its goal of building a 2 Megawatt biomass facility in the town of Mariposa. On Jan. 12, the MBP closed escrow on two parcels in the Mariposa Industrial Park, marking the final requirement to qualify for Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) funding. The project is aimed at creating ...

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Sierra NF Warns Of Damage On Local Forest Roads

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Recent storms have brought much needed rain and snow to the Sierra Nevada in the last few weeks, but the result has been damage to some Forest roads. These storms have also created a significant amount of runoff, swelling rivers and creeks beyond their capacity in many locations. With the ground already saturated, road travel requires ...

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Bass Lake Ranger District Office To Resume Normal Operations

NORTH FORK — With the mandatory evacuation order lifted for the North Fork area, the Sierra National Forest (SNF) Bass Lake Ranger District office is expected to resume normal operations Tuesday, Jan. 17. The office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16. The District Office and several residential areas in North Fork ...

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Bass Lake Ranger District Office Closed Temporarily

NORTH FORK — The Sierra National Forest has announced that due to public and employee safety concerns as weather conditions intensify, the Bass Lake Office has been closed temporarily. Over the weekend the Sierra National Forest received a significant amount of rainfall and with the snow levels above 9000 ft., a large amount of snow from recent storms has melted ...

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Sierra National Forest Holds OHV Grant Review Open House

CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest will host an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at the Sierra National Forest Supervisors Office located at 1600 Tollhouse Road in Clovis from 6 to 8 p.m., to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on the Forest’s preliminary OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) 2016/2017 grant cycle application. Public feedback from ...

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A Community That Loves Its History Wants It Back

Written by Michael Olwyler — Recently California lost its center, and the community of North Fork wants it back! A plaque describing the very center of the state was pried off a rock by vandals. The site, which was developed by the North Fork History Group (NFHG) and other partners, is on lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service near ...

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Winter Travel Safety Tips For Sierra National Forest

MOUNTAIN AREA – With the onset of winter, the Sierra National Forest encourages visitors to exercise caution when traveling through the Forest. Wind and snow accumulation increases the risk of trees falling, both those that have experienced recent tree mortality as well as green trees. These falling trees can impact roadways, picnic areas, trails and camping spots and parking areas. Forest ...

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History Group Responds To Theft Of “Exact Center” Plaque

Submitted by the North Fork History Group — Let’s go back in time for a few moments… REMEMBER in 1995, Huell Howser of the TV show “California’s Gold” visited North Fork to ask the question – is North Fork the exact center of California? Thanks to Fresno State University and the GPS equipment, the Cal Center, located on National Forest ...

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