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Learning About Range Management on the McKenzie Preserve

Any day out on one of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy’s Preserves is a special adventure but when I attended a class to understand more about range management on the McKenzie Preserve with spring wildflowers painting the hills, I came away with a better appreciation for the complex relationship of the soil, sun and things in between. I will return soon ...

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Winter Rangers Report Constantly Changing Conditions

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski latest report from the field on Mar. 20 tells the tale of some powder, some corn, rapid melting, the songs of spring in the air and some still-unsettled weather. New snow: 6 inches Total settled snow depth: 91 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 50°F (March 16) Low temperature: -1°F (March ...

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ACT Pups Of The Week: Cocoa, Saffron, Nutmeg And Pepper

The Animal Compassion Team (ACT) foster and adoption Dog of the Week for SNO is actually four adorable puppies. Meet Cocoa (brown and white female), Saffron (tan and white female), Nutmeg (tan and white male), and Pepper (black with white and tan female). These sweet pups weigh between two and three pounds and are eight weeks old. We are now ...

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Snowshoeing to Upper Mariposa Grove

A dusting of new snow was the perfect backdrop for our hike to see gigantic Sequoias. Some of our hike was with snowshoes and some of it was without. That is the way it goes with springtime snow. Where: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Distance: About 10 Miles but you can go shorter or farther Difficulty: Moderate ...

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No Snowflake Left Unturned: Yosemite Winter Rangers Report

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski latest report from the field recounts some windy time at Tioga Pass as they remind wilderness travelers to prepare for potentially difficult conditions in the higher elevations. New snow: 18 inches Total settled snow depth: 96 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 40°F (March 12) Low temperature: -7°F (March 10 and 13) Ski ...

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Snowshoeing the Merced Crest

Rain, snow, clouds then the bluest of skies with pristine white snow greeted us while we snowshoed from Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area along the Merced Crest. We were treated to views of the snowy Clark Range, Liberty Cap, Mt. Broderick, Half Dome, the Quarter Domes and Clouds Rest as we got in a great workout. Where: Yosemite National Park ...

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ACT Dog Of The Week: Handsome Dusty

The Animal Compassion Team (ACT) foster and adoption Dog of the Week for SNO is a sweet and handsome boy who could use a forever home. Dusty is an adorable Cattle Dog mix who’s about two years old. “Hi, I’m Dusty! My foster mom says I probably have some Shepherd or Husky in me, but whatever I am, I sure ...

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Hiking From Sky Harbor Along Millerton Lake With The Cows

I needed a good workout hike and the trail out of Sky Harbor is a perfect spring hike. If I got lucky, I just might see some early blooming wildflowers and just maybe my first poppy of the spring. Maybe! Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Management Area, Bureau of Land Management Distance: 7.88 Miles, ...

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Yosemite Winter Rangers: Snowpack And Grosbeaks

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski latest report from the field indicates snowpack conditions are above average for this time of year, and the grosbeaks are chirping in the pines. New snow: 14 inches Total settled snow depth: 90 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 40°F (February 26) Low temperature: -12°F (February 22) Ski Conditions and Weather February is ...

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Hiking Along Hensley Lake On The Buck Ridge Trail

I needed a break from snow, ice and cold so I headed down the hill to warm up with a hike along Hensley Lake. A rolling hilly hike while walking through history, white puffy clouds and the first wildflowers of spring welcomed me. Where: Hensley Lake, Army Corps of Engineers Distance: 6.95 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how ...

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