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Comment Period Open On Frog & Toad Designation

SACRAMENTO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released a draft economic analysis of its proposal to designate 1,831,820 acres of critical habitat in California for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite toad. The draft economic analysis estimates the costs associated with the designation of critical habitat ...

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Governor Brown Declares Drought State of Emergency

SAN FRANCISCO – With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. “We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s ...

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2014 Snow Survey Shows Alarmingly Dry Conditions

California Braces for Possible Third Dry YearSACRAMENTO – As California’s dry weather pushes into the new year, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced that its first snow survey of the winter found more bare ground than snow. Manual and electronic readings record the snowpack’s statewide water content at about 20 percent of average for this time of year.

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State Parks Begins 150th Year With New Year's Day Hikes

SACRAMENTO — This New Year’s Day 2014, California State Parks will commemorate their 150th Anniversary with several First Day Hikes planned across the state. On Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, 31 state parks will offer 38 different hikes, including hikes in the redwoods, the deserts and along the coast and beaches, as well as a paddle hike, and other activities.

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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

SACRAMENTO – As Californians ready for their holiday travels, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) plans to make sure yours aren’t ruined by a drunk driver. CHP is set to begin its annual Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). The two-day holiday enforcement effort is designed to help ensure the safety of the motoring public during a time when celebrations are in ...

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Apply Now To Become A Wildland Firefighter

UNITED STATES – Anyone interested in becoming a wildland firefighter should explore this recent job post from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The job announcement for Forestry Technicians, GS 3/4/5, is open from Dec. 1, 2013 to Apr. 30, 2014, but with Academy training being held in February and March, interested parties are encouraged to apply early.

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Public Input Sought For Off Highway Vehicles Funding

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest is requesting public input for the 2014 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) funding/proposal submission cycle by hosting an Open House Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Forest Headquarters, 1600 Tollhouse Rd in Clovis. This year the State has funds available for education, operation and maintenance, law enforcement and restoration projects, and the ...

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Highway 120 Closed Due To Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A portion of State Route 120 just east of Groveland has been closed due to a fire in the Buck Meadows area, according to the California Highway Patrol. Eastbound SR-120 is closed at Smith Station Road. Westbound is closed at Hardin Flat Road. The entrance and exit from Yosemite on SR-120 is closed.

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Fire Tax Bills Are In The Mail – Again

CALIFORNIA – The State Board of Equalization has begun mailing bills for the 2012-2013 fire prevention fee, due and payable by property owners in State Responsibity Areas (SRA). The amount of the fee has not changed since last year, at $150 per habitable structure, with a $35 credit per habitable structure for parcels located within the jurisdiction of a local ...

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North Forkians Enjoy Kite Fest In Berkeley

Written & Photographed by Don Grove – We arrived at the Berkeley Marina on Saturday morning looking forward to spending time with old friends and learning about kites. These are not the ordinary paper kites you used to buy at the local variety store. These highly efficient kites can soar, dive, stop abruptly in mid-air, and then make a 90 ...

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