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Forest Service Opens Access to Some National Forests

VALLEJO – The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announces increased access to some National Forests in California beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The prohibition of the use of any ignition source on all National Forest System lands (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) throughout California remains in place. Nine National Forests in California remain closed: Angeles NF, Cleveland ...

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What the Best Dressed Corgi Wears When She Hikes

Like everyone else, I spent the past week closely watching the progress of the Creek Fire, along with so many other fires. There was too much smoke to do any hiking and while hiding inside from that smoke, it seemed like a good time to tell you about Fannie the Corgi’s hiking wardrobe. She recently joined my hiking team and ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Lukens Lake Wildflowers

Image of a Virtual Yosemite screenshot showing wildflowers.

For the interactive 360° virtual reality experience, go to: https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node254 The hike to Lukens Lake is a relatively easy one by Yosemite standards, in spite of the 8,200′ elevation.  The trail extends about 0.8 miles from Tioga Road, and only climbs about 200 feet. This is a good trail for young kids (not too long and not too steep.) As ...

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Camping and Hiking With Sally and Fannie at Saddlebag Lake

Camping with the dogs for four days in the Tioga Pass area was a great getaway from the smoke. Sally, Fannie and I did a little hiking, a little wandering, a little relaxing, some wading, and we all took a few good naps. Where: Harvey Monroe Hall Research Natural Area, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National ForestDistance: 5.94 MilesDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Thunderstorms on Mt. Dana

Image of a thunderstorm on Mt. Dana.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to: https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node263. Here at 12,400′ elevation on the Mt. Dana trail, you’re only 600 feet below the summit. There is very little plant life, as you are well-above the timber line in the alpine zone. Weather here can deteriorate rapidly. On this day, the sky was completely cloudless and temperatures were in the ...

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Progress for the Mariposa Creek Parkway

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors gave its final approval on Tuesday to acquire the last major piece of land needed to build the northern extension of the Mariposa Creek Parkway. The 187-acre property, located between the Mariposa County Jail and Fournier Road in Mariposa, provides direct access to Mariposa Creek and is anticipated to also be used ...

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Yosemite National Park Updates

OAKHURST – Click on the links for updates and road conditions. Please note that Hwy 49 is OPEN!!! Thank you to our fire fighters for containing the #mocfire to 80%!! 08-27-20 Daily Conditions Report      08-27-20 CALIFORNIA ROAD CONDITIONS Click here for current and upcoming events in the local area:  https://www.yosemitethisyear.com/whats-happening Just a friendly reminder that Yosemite National Park ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Visit Yosemite’s High Country With a Virtual Trip to Westfall Meadows

Image of a flower meadow created using virtual reality.

YOSEMITE — As distance learning and home schooling resume, online activities for students can include exploration of spectacular natural environments such as Yosemite National Park. The Virtual Yosemite in-depth online tour can help facilitate this. For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to: https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node258 When the normal summer crowds congregate in Yosemite Valley, an escape to the peace of less ...

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New Park Near Manzanita Lake

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Madera County is very excited about a project we are working on near Manzanita Lake in North Fork ManzanitaExhibit A VICINITY MAP-11×17. In late February of this year, the County was deeded 146 acres of forest land from PG&E as a part of a Bankruptcy settlement agreement. Along with the land acquisition, the County applied ...

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