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August 10, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
California is feeling the effects of climate change far and wide, as heat-trapping greenhouse gases reduce spring runoff from the Sierra Nevada, make the waters of Monterey Bay more acidic and shorten winter chill periods required to grow fruit and nuts in the Central Valley, a new report says. Though past studies have offered grim projections of a warming planet, the report released Thursday by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment took an inventory of three dozen shifts that are already happening.
September 7, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The genetic signature of canine slobber on a bait bag of chicken scraps and a fuzzy photograph from a motion-sensitive camera north of Yosemite National Park have confirmed the existence of a red fox, thought to have been all but wiped out, the U.S. Forest Service announced last week. "The last known sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox in the Sonora Pass area was some time in the 1920s," said Mike Crawley, Bridgeport District ranger. "Needless to say, we are quite surprised and excited by this find.
California's top federal forester is being transferred to a new job, dismaying conservation groups who fear the move portends the dismantling of a plan to protect old-growth forests and fragile wildlife in the Sierra Nevada.
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, who until recently represented one of the most vehement opponents of a blueprint for conserving 11.5 million acres of national forest land in the Sierra Nevada, has recused herself from all decisions on the issue, her spokesman said. As a private attorney, Veneman represented the Sierra Nevada Access, Multiple Use and Stewardship Coalition, an umbrella of 80 groups that use the forests for snowmobiling, hunting, logging and other purposes.
December 6, 2009 | By Jordan Rane
It's not K2 or Kanchenjunga. It's not McKinley or even Kilimanjaro. It's mighty Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in America's Lower 48 states and reputedly the highest walk-up summit on the planet open to just about any local bucket-lister with a healthy pulse, reliable footwear, the right attitude and enough foresight to apply in February for a summer climbing permit. Perched atop its boulder-strewn crest on a cloudless Saturday afternoon in July or August, gaping over a glorious granite sea of southern Sierra Nevada peaks, is a crowd of high-fivers about as select-looking as a line at the DMV. Who's standing on top of Whitney this aft?
February 28, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
High-altitude dust blown thousands of miles across the Pacific from Asian and African deserts can make it rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada, according to new research that suggests tiny particles from afar play a role in California's water supply. The study, published Thursday in the online edition of the journal Science, grew out of researchers' questions about two similar Sierra storms in winter 2009. Even though the storm systems carried the same amount of water vapor, one produced 40% more precipitation than the other.
June 30, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
The illegal marijuana-growing operations that have proliferated in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada appear to be taking a toll on the fisher, a forest animal whose numbers are dangerously low. Researchers studying fishers in the Sierra National Forest in the southern Sierra found that mortality rates were significantly higher for females living in areas with a number of marijuana-growing sites. Liberal amounts of pesticides and anticoagulant rodent poison are commonly used at the operations, tainting small prey the fisher eats.
October 18, 2002 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- A trio of nonprofit groups announced a $2.5-million deal Thursday to put a 13,000-acre ranch off-limits to development in the Sierra Valley, a sweeping and scenic alpine bowl north of Lake Tahoe that is under increasing growth pressure. The agreement prohibits development on the Bar One cattle ranch, which sprawls across 10% of the 130,000-acre valley, the biggest in the Sierra Nevada. Funding came from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the state.
January 14, 2008 | William Booth, Washington Post
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- He took his first hike into the Sierra Nevada, the landscape of his obsession, while still in the womb. His parents named him John Muir Laws. He once spent a week searching for a single perfect orchid to paint. He says, "I am constantly amazed by things." Such as? "The diversity of chipmunks." He is not joking. He cares about newts. If asked, he does an excellent imitation of a startled vole. He has opinions about beetles.
March 17, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun
When Eastern Sierra Unified School District Supt. Don Clark stared down a projected budget deficit, he did what school administrators across the nation have had to do: consider laying off teachers and closing campuses. But that decision, in a rural district sprawled along U.S. 395 between the snowy Sierra and the deserts of Nevada, has exposed deep resentments between parents of students in traditional high schools and those with teenagers in a college-prep academy designed for high achievers.
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