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SNF Seeking Comments on Motorized Recreation Project’s Environmental Assessment

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is initiating the formal public comment period for the Motorized Recreation Project (Project) Environmental Assessment (EA). The project area identifies roads, trails and areas across the SNF, outside of designated Wilderness areas, where approximately 29 miles of trails — and 12 “areas” (totaling 11 acres) can be added to the National Forest ...

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SNF Increasing Public Access, Opening More Facilities

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is increasing forest access for the public by opening additional developed recreational opportunities across the forest, including twenty-three campgrounds that will open today (June 18). “Visitors are encouraged to check the Forest website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information on what is open so that you can plan your ...

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SNF Bans Campfires Outside of Developed Recreation Sites

MOUNTAIN AREA – Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials issued an order Friday banning campfires outside of developed recreational sites. The campfire restrictions are meant “to protect the health and safety of employees and communities,”  said a statement released this afternoon by the agency.The restrictions are “effective immediately and until further notice,” the release stated. “Outside of developed recreation sites and ...

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SNF Extends Closure Order to June 4; Opens Some Day-Use, Picnic Sites

MOUNTAIN AREA – The Sierra National Forest announced Wednesday (May 20) that most developed recreation sites within the National Forest will remain closed through June 4, 2020.  The Closure Order does not apply to trails, trailheads and general forest areas — and officials said “dispersed camping remains available and open for public use.” “Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities ...

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Busy Sunday: Authorities Respond to Two Search and Rescue Calls

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pandemic or not, it was a busy afternoon Sunday in the high country for Madera County first responders.The activity started around 4 p.m. when MCSO’s Dispatch Center received a call regarding a 35-year-old woman from Colorado who was involved in a climbing accident on the southern face of Shuteye Peak. She reportedly had been climbing with a ...

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After COVID Pause, Forest Service ‘Moving Forward’ with Prescribed Burn Operations

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — After a temporary halt prompted by COVID-19, the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region is “moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit,” according to a press release issued Friday by the agency.Previously, the region had postponed prescribed fires to reduce potential smoke impacts to communities while public health officials considered the interactions of smoke ...

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Report: Sierra Snow Pack Levels Below ‘Normal’

SACRAMENTO — The latest –and final — seasonal state snow pack survey confirmed that California had a drier-than-normal winter. The snow measured just one-and-a-half inches deep at Phillips Station in the Sierra east of Sacramento, and the water content was equivalent to just a half-inch, which is 3 percent of the May average for the location, state Department of Water ...

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Forest Service Extends Closure of Recreation Sites through May 15

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that most of its developed recreation sites in California, including those in the Sierra National Forest in eastern Madera County, will remain closed through May 15.The order does not close trails, trailheads and general forest areas; these areas remain accessible for public use. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are ...

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Closure Order Remains in Place for Recreation Sites in Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS — The Closure Order issued on March 25 for all developed recreation sites across the Sierra National Forest remains in effect through Thursday (April 30) — and will “likely stay in place through the middle of May.” Additional details regarding the timeline for lifting the Closure Order “will follow later this week,” according to a press release issued today ...

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Forest Service Closes Campgrounds, Rec Sites Statewide

MOUNTAIN AREA — The U.S. Forest Service is closing campgrounds and “developed recreation facilities” on National Forest lands statewide, according to a press release issued Thursday by Forest Service officials. The move comes in response to the Governor’s recent shelter-in-place order and the state’s efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. “The Sierra National Forest and California Land Management will ...

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