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Yosemite Park Ranger Saturday Nature Program in Wawona

09/05/2020 - 09/06/2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am - In a Partnership with Yosemite Conservancy, the Wawona Ranger Nature Program guided interpretive programs can cover a variety of topics, including the park’s geology, human history, wildflowers, trees, astronomy, and bird watching. (And don’t forget to ask about the history of the Park Rangers’ famous hat!) These exciting Yosemite interpretive programs are offered in all [...]

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Yosemite National Park Officials Declare ‘Stage 2’ Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE — Citing “high fire danger” and “enhanced risk to the public, employees and first responders” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yosemite National Park is enacting park-wide fire restrictions “to reduce the threat of human-caused wildfires,” stated a press release issued late this week by park officials.Yosemite begins its “phased” reopening today (June 5), allowing access to the Yosemite Wilderness to ...

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Supervisor Wheeler Holds ‘Virtual’ Town Hall

AHWAHNEE — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler held a Town Hall meeting — via Zoom — on Wednesday (May 27), allowing county officials to provide updates on local efforts to combat COVID-19 as well as share the latest developments regarding key projects underway around Madera County.Running the meeting from his ranch in Ahwahnee, Wheeler said the virtual format, due to ...

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Supervisor Wheeler Confirms Cancellation of Bass Lake Fireworks

AHWAHNEE — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler held a Town Hall meeting (via Zoom) on Wednesday, allowing county officials to provide updates on local efforts to combat COVID-19 as well as share the latest developments regarding key projects underway around Madera County. Running the meeting from his ranch in Ahwahnee, Wheeler said the virtual format, necessary because of the COVID-19 ...

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New Yosemite Conservancy Book Spotlights John Muir’s ‘Grand Yosemite’

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — With the reopening of Yosemite National Park hopefully imminent, Yosemite Conservancy announces a new book to help visitors have their own “John Muir Experience.” Every day, Yosemite National Park welcomes people from around the world who seek a deeper connection to nature. A good many of these visitors are inspired by the example set by the ...

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NPS: Yosemite National Park Closed ‘Until Further Notice’

Waterfall at Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park is closing at the request of the local health department. Park officials announced the unprecedented total shutdown Friday afternoon. “As of 3 p.m today, Friday, March 20, 2020, Yosemite National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice,” stated a news release. “This closure will be enforced 24-hours a day/7-days a ...

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Yosemite National Park Closes Campgrounds

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – Yosemite National Park officials have announced the park’s campgrounds are closing due to COVID-19. “Yosemite National Park campgrounds currently open, Upper Pines and Camp 4, are now closed,” said a brief statement issued by park officials late Wednesday. “These closures will remain in effect through March 31, 2020.” “Where it is possible to adhere to the ...

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Hiking with Sally on the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve

Sally and I chose one of the coldest days this year to get out, hiking Stockton Creek Nature Preserve and we had those trails all to ourselves. Not too far from home, not too difficult, this hike was a short one. Where: Mariposa Public Utilities District, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Stockton Creek Nature Preserve Distance: 2.83 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate ...

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Forest Service Seeks Input on OHV Grant Application

CLOVIS – Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials are seeking public comments for the annual California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant application. The OHMVR application requests funding for off-highway vehicle related law enforcement. The 60-day grant application comment period begins Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and ends Monday, May 4, 2020. The Sierra National Forest ...

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Hiking in Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

If you don’t have time for a trip up to Yosemite or the Federal lands near us and still want to get out and enjoy nature, you don’t have to go far to get your fix in our own backyard at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park off of Hwy 49 adjacent to Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee. Although I walked a ...

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