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August 28, 2005 | Dan Blackburn, Special to The Times
MY neighbor tempted me with the notion: a magical mountain campsite. No-hassle reservations. Only half a day's drive from Los Angeles. Car camping without being campfire-to-campfire with 100 other people? In one of the most popular areas of the most populous state in the union? In the summer? Was it possible? The affirmation came in the form of Quaking Aspen, a campground inside the national monument.
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NEWS
August 23, 2005
While criticizing Bearpaw camp in Sequoia ["Sierra Divide," Aug. 16], the Sierra Club continues to operate nearly a dozen camps, huts and lodges, all within national forest and wilderness settings. Guess they're upset because someone else is making the money. TRENT SANDERS La Canada Flintridge Sheer granite, river canyons, waterfalls and gorges bond those who hike those trails. This ethereal beauty is diminished when you round the trail to a porch full of "guests" kicking back with their cold Heinekens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2005 | Steve Chawkins and Monte Morin, Times Staff Writers
Lightning killed a Boy Scout leader and a teenage Scout as their troop scrambled for shelter during a storm in Sequoia National Park, authorities said Friday. The lightning strike, which occurred late Thursday afternoon in the park's rugged backcountry, mortally injured 13-year-old Ryan Collins, who was kept on a ventilator for a time so that his organs could be donated, in compliance with a wish he had expressed to his parents.
NEWS
March 29, 2005 | Scott Doggett
Weed whacking has taken on a whole new flavor at Sequoia National Park, as the park completes a monthlong project to restore natural conditions to 180 acres damaged by marijuana growers. Marijuana growing in the park has increased dramatically. In 2001, 5,000 plants were discovered, and last year, 44,000 plants with an estimated street value of $170 million were found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
State Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to block a U.S. Forest Service plan to permit commercial logging in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The suit, which follows a similar one filed in January by conservation groups, alleges that the Forest Service is violating protections granted in 2000 by President Clinton, when he established the 328,000-acre monument in the southern Sierra northeast of Bakersfield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
The world's second-biggest tree, a sequoia known as the Washington Tree, has become a fractured shadow of its former self. But officials at Sequoia National Park say they don't know for sure if it is dying. The tree, which is probably at least 2,500 years old, has lost more than half its 254-foot height in a forest fire and recent winter storms and doesn't have many branches with green growth left.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday asking the courts to overturn a plan that would allow extensive logging in the 5-year-old Giant Sequoia National Monument in the southern Sierra. The lawsuit is the latest skirmish in a long-running battle over management of nearly three dozen groves of the world's largest trees found on national forest land, beyond the confines of nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
NEWS
December 14, 2004 | Shermakaye Bass
You don't need a headlamp or neoprene undies to enjoy Steven M. Bumgardner's style of caving. The California filmmaker-photographer's DVD on Sequoia caves is spelunking at its safest and sanest. From the vantage point of a dry warm sofa, you can scoot down tight twisting passages, ogle 25-foot, milky white calcite curtains, ford gurgling underground streams and observe the occasional millipede.
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