The Case Against Commercial Logging in Wildfire-Prone Forests

Logging tends to increase, not decrease, extreme fires.

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Yosemite Wildfire Plan Calls for Cutting Trees to Protect Park

With treasured forests perennially threatened by fierce wildfires, many experts say it’s time to cut and burn protectively. A lawsuit is standing in the way.

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Oak Fire Near Yosemite Grows to California’s Largest This Year

The blaze spread rapidly over the weekend, bringing evacuation orders and threatening thousands of homes, in what so far has been a relatively modest fire season.

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In 5 National Parks, Hidden Gems and Roads Less Traveled

As park visitation rises, serenity in nature can be elusive. But even the most popular U.S. national parks have overlooked treasures and entrances that aren’t clogged with traffic.

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Firefighters Use Sprinklers to Save Giant Sequoias in Yosemite

Authorities in Yosemite National Park are hopeful that a sprinkler system can save the Grizzly Giant, a more than 200-foot-tall sequoia that dates back at least 2,000 years.

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Killing what saves us

A recent walk among ancient sequoias helped me cope with hard-to-bear news of the world. But those trees are having a hard time coping, too.

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Everyone Deserves an Equal Chance for a Campsite

A booking system used by the National Park Service may be disadvantaging marginalized communities the service has worked hard to attract.

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Can California Tourism Survive Climate Change?

The most popular state for tourism in the U.S. endured record wildfires, drought and flooding just this year. “The rate of change has been so dramatic,” says one local scientist. “If I was the California tourism industry, I’d be really worried.”

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Yosemite Falls Surges After West Coast Storms Bring Needed Rainfall

More than six inches of rain fell over Yosemite National Park in central California over a 36-hour period, causing the waterfall to surge after a dry summer.

#california, #drought, #rain, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #weather, #yosemite-national-park-calif

She Climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan to Celebrate Turning 70

Dierdre Wolownick, whose son, Alex Honnold, is one of the world’s top rock climbers, ascended Yosemite’s El Capitan to celebrate her 70th birthday.

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Fred Zalokar, Marathoner Who Took On Mountains, Is Found Dead in Yosemite

The body of the 61-year-old, who had been missing since Saturday, was recovered on Tuesday near the summit of Mount Clark, the National Park Service said.

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What I Saw in Yosemite Was Devastating

What does it mean if we can’t protect even our protected land from climate change?

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Visited a National Park This Year? Now, Help Save It.

More people than ever visited national parks during the pandemic. We need to harness that interest for change.

#conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #salmon, #yosemite-national-park-calif

Yosemite National Park Reopens After Devastating Wind Storm Topples Sequoias

The wind storm last month downed 15 of the park’s giant sequoia trees. It also damaged park buildings, vehicles and facilities.

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George Whitmore, Climber Who Vanquished El Capitan, Dies at 89

In 1958, he was one of the first people to climb the 2,900-foot-tall sheer granite wall that looms over Yosemite National Park.

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After Wildfires, Mourning the Loss of California’s Giants

For one reporter, documenting the destruction of redwoods and sequoias was a heartbreaking assignment.

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Emily Harrington Is First Woman to Free-Climb El Capitan Route in Less Than a Day

Emily Harrington is the first woman to free-climb the Golden Gate route up El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-high monolith in Yosemite National Park, in under 24 hours.

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Camping in the West? Like Everything These Days, It’s Complicated

“Every state is different. In some states, every municipality is different.”

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