High Sierra News – August 9, 2014

News and Notes from the High Sierra Nevada
August 2 – August 9, 2014

Rim Fire – One Year Later

August 8, 2014
mymotherlode.com

Sonora, CA — It has been nearly a year since the Rim Fire ignited in the Stanislaus National Forest.

This weekend’s hour-long Mother Lode Views will focus on the lingering impact of the Rim Fire, what has been done in response, and what still lies ahead. There will be interviews with Congressman Tom McClintock and Yosemite Ranger Scott Gediman, and…
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Yosemite fire: Feds charge hunter with starting massive 2013 blaze

August 7, 2014
murcurynews.com

In a major breakthrough in one of the largest wildfires in California history, federal authorities on Thursday indicted a hunter and charged him with starting the Rim Fire, which last year burned 257,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park.

A federal grand jury indicted Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, on…
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Forest Service Agrees to Initiate Consultation regarding Fuels Reduction Project at Upper Echo Lake south of Lake Tahoe and Halt Activity Pending Consultation

August 8, 2014
jdsupra.com

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California recently signed an order on a stipulation (pdf) in Murphy v. United States Forest Service that bars the Forest Service from proceeding with implementation of the Upper Echo Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project in 2014 (Project), and requires the Forest Service to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the effects of the Project on the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae) before proceeding…
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Could grizzly bears return to the southern Sierra Nevada?

August 7, 2014
tahoedailytribune.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s the state animal and it’s on the flag — the California grizzly bear. And while that specific species is now extinct, one conservation organization is calling for the return of the grizzly bear to the Golden State…
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Tahoe-to-Pyramid trail gets Truckee link

August 8, 2014
rgj.com

A steady, Sierra Nevada downpour on a recent morning wasn’t going to stop Becky Bucar from riding the newest bike path in Truckee, Calif.

For Bucar, an associate engineer for the Town of Truckee, the chance to ride the latest addition to the Truckee River Legacy Trail was a moment seven years in the making…
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How tech is helping analyze hydrology at Yosemite, may help with California drought situation

August 8, 2014
techtimes.com

Scientists are using some sophisticated scientific equipment to analyze hydrology in the Sierra Nevadas and at Yosemite National Park. The data pulled from snowpack in mountains is being used to assess water needs in drought-stricken California.

The data is being collected and put to use by various industries, government agencies and researchers to forecast water availability versus need during the drought in California…
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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

August 5, 2014
murcurynews.com

There are angels on the Pacific Crest Trail. No, seriously. It’s not the high elevation talking.

For avid hikers and backpackers, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest is the holy grail of trails. It runs through California, Oregon and Washington, from the Mexican to the Canadian borders. About 700 to 900 people attempt the full length each year, according to estimates from the Pacific Crest Trail Association, which calls them “thru-hikers.”
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Time-Lapse: Kings Canyon

August 5, 2014
slate.com

Photographer Gavin Heffernan likes to go unusual out-of-the-way places to take pictures of the night sky—like Borrego Springs, Death Valley, and Grand Canyon National Park.

His recent trip to Kings Canyon, nestled next to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in south-central California, yielded some majestic footage. The combination of dark skies, magnificent scenery, and Heffernan’s experience in night-sky time-lapse photography yielded a truly lovely video, made even more enthralling with the addition of some unusual but appropriate music.
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How to Plan an Epic Backpacking Trip

August 3, 2014
indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com

One of the most incredible ways to explore this planet is on foot, carrying everything you need to survive on your back. Here’s how to make backpacking as awe inspiring as possible.

Choose an Epic Destination: My favorite part about living in LA is leaving LA. We are close enough to the Sierra Nevada that I can drive north Friday after work and make it into Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Parks by midnight — getting a headstart for an adventure. The Sierra Nevada are truly stunning and, due to their close proximity to Southern California, that’s where I most often venture out to get my backpacking fix.
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Missing hiker’s body found on Mt. Whitney

August 2, 2014
scpr.org

Missing 75-year-old hiker Dawson Johnson’s body has been found on Sequoia National Park’s Mt. Whitney, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Johnson’s body was spotted by helicopter on Mt. Whitney’s norther slope before being delivered to the Tulare County coroner’s office, according to the Times. Officials believe he fell in a steep area while hiking by himself.
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