Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and a host of volunteers will be spending the next several weeks turning a vacant lot at the corner of Lafayette and Sutter streets into an urban forest the entire community can enjoy. The nonprofit organization recently was awarded a grant of about $50,000 from CalFire’s Urban and Community Forestry program.
Powerful Republican congressmen and governors are pressing President Donald Trump to take an unprecedented step: Reverse his predecessor’s creation of several national monuments under a law that dates back to Theodore Roosevelt.
Since 1965, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect civil war battlefield sites, national parks and local recreation areas such the American River Parkway in Sacramento and Henry Lake in Idaho.
Construction crews hired by Yosemite National Park and the Federal Highway Administration are working to open Highway 120, the most direct route between San Joaquin County and the Yosemite Valley, after winter storms clogged the road, forcing its closure.
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
Every year my family looks forward to visiting Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park—where you not only experience the beautiful alpine meadow, but you can also take in one of the wonderful presentations at the Parsons Memorial Lodge.
Some California State Parks and Forest Service campgrounds have begun shutting off toilets and showers because of the drought, but most local facilities remain in the clear for water usage as of right now.
Looking eastward from the canyon’s popular South Rim, visitors could soon see a hive of construction as workers build restaurants, hotels and shops on a distant mesa on the Navajo Indian reservation. … That project and a second, unrelated development proposed for just south of the canyon have set off alarms at the National Park Service, which sees them as the most serious threat the park has faced in its 95-year history.
Yosemite National Park, in California’s Sierra Nevada, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the law that preserved it — and planted the seeds for the National Park system. At the same time, the park faces the challenge of protecting the natural wonders from their own popularity.
Half Dome and the grand vista around cozy Yosemite Valley are good reasons to practice science here, but researchers see a much bigger picture. Yosemite is a living laboratory — the entire 1,169 square miles, not just the gorgeous 7 square miles of Yosemite Valley.
“A promise made by the Interior Department to preserve and protect the ranches that have long been part of the Point Reyes National Seashore is going to be transformed from a political pledge into the rules and regulations of the national park.”