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Yosemite Ranger Honored For Superior Service

YOSEMITE — Park Ranger Shelton Johnson has been honored with the Department of Interior’s Award for Superior Service. Shelton receives this award in recognition of his passion for connecting minorities to parks, his meticulous research that forms the basis of his innovative interpretive programs, and his superlative ability to articulate powerful messages for the National Park Service. Park Ranger Shelton ...

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Bighorn Sheep Star In New Episode Of Yosemite Nature Notes

YOSEMITE — A new episode of Yosemite Nature Notes entitled “Bighorn Sheep” is now available for viewing. The video features stunning footage of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, interviews with wildlife biologists, and a special focus on the re-introduction of these magnificent animals to the Cathedral Range in Yosemite National Park in March 2015. The video is posted on the park’s ...

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The Trip Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

By Scott Lange — As winter was rolling in just before Thanksgiving, a few of us got the urge to get into the High Sierra one last time this year. It would prove to be a tough task to even find an accessible trailhead as most of the roads had already been closed to snowfall, but we found an entry ...

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Yosemite Distributes 1,000 Free Passes To 4th Graders

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has distributed approximately 1,000 free park passes to Fourth Graders through the “Every Kid in a Park” program. Fourth graders from across the country brought their vouchers to Yosemite to receive the free park pass. The passes are intended for fourth grade students and their families to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas through ...

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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

MOUNTAIN AREA – Bird lovers, photographers and others are invited to join the National Audubon Society’s 116th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is an annual international bird census that began on Christmas Day in 1900, and now takes place in more than 1,500 locations throughout the Americas. This season the Christmas Bird Count will be held in the foothill ...

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Yosemite Updates Wilderness Management Plan

YOSEMITE — Public scoping for Yosemite National Park’s planning and environmental impact analysis for the Yosemite Wilderness Stewardship Plan is open, and comments will be accepted through Jan. 29, 2016. Yosemite’s Wilderness is currently managed under the 1989 Wilderness Management Plan. The park needs to update this plan to incorporate current information about visitor use patterns, methods of managing visitor ...

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Hiking Along the Old Big Flat Road

Imagine visiting Yosemite in the 1870s, before Yosemite had been designated a Park. You just might have come into Yosemite Valley on a horse and wagon from Big Oak Flat down into the valley via the Old Big Oak Flat Road. Parts of this old road have been wiped out by rockslides but much of the road is still accessible by foot. ...

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Winter Storm Warning Starts At Noon Sunday

MOUNTAIN AREA – The National Weather Service in Hanford is confirming more wet weather as a Winter Storm Warning has been issued from noon on Sunday, Dec. 13, through noon on Monday, Dec. 14, for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon. Several inches of snow is expected, with localized amounts up to 14 inches in the ...

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Yosemite’s Tioga Road Closed For The Season

YOSEMITE — With several major storms coming through the Yosemite Area later this week, Yosemite National Park is closing Tioga Road for the season. Tioga Road typically closes each fall and remains closed throughout the winter months. The road reopens when weather conditions permit in the spring. The incoming storm is expected to drop a significant amount of snow in ...

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Super Fresh Start For Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau

Submitted by Kim Lawson OAKHURST – The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau gets a fresh start to 2016 with a new name, new website and new location. As the marketing arm for tourism in Madera County, the visitors bureau has recently voted to do business under the name of Visit Yosemite | Madera County. “Madera County is home to a very ...

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