Sierra Nevada http://kvpr.org en San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Depletion Linked to Earthquakes http://kvpr.org/post/san-joaquin-valley-groundwater-depletion-linked-earthquakes <p class="p1">Researchers have long known that the mountain ranges surrounding the Central Valley have been rising faster than expected--a few millimeters every year for over a century.&nbsp; And over the same time, seismic activity in the area has also increased.&nbsp; According to a new study, both may be linked to the depletion of groundwater in the Central Valley.&nbsp; Colin Amos of Western Washington University is lead author on the study.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:51:37 +0000 Kerry Klein 32745 at http://kvpr.org San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Depletion Linked to Earthquakes Voices Of The Drought: Rushing To Measure The Snowpack http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-rushing-measure-snowpack <p>Traditionally the April 1 snow survey marks the peak of the year’s&nbsp;snowpack, but with a string of early spring storms surveyors are rushing to measure the pack with just days to get their measurements in. Valley Public Radio reporter Ezra David Romero helped in the effort as a snow surveyor on a recent trip.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">---</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:54:40 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30548 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Rushing To Measure The Snowpack Sierra's National Forest Trails Need Help From Volunteers http://kvpr.org/post/sierras-national-forest-trails-need-help-volunteers <p>One of the best parts of living in Central California is our proximity to the Central Sierra. Right in our backyard, we have treasures like Mt Whitney, the Kern River, Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks, plus thousands of acres of wilderness lands. But when it comes to the Sequoia National Forest and others in the National Forest system, budget cuts over recent years have taken a toll.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:46:40 +0000 Joe Moore 28040 at http://kvpr.org Sierra's National Forest Trails Need Help From Volunteers Commentary: Time To Save The Sierra's Vanishing Trails http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-time-save-sierras-vanishing-trails <p>One of the great things about living in California’s Central Valley is the easy access to one of the great mountain ranges of the world, the Sierra Nevada, and its beautiful forests. Unfortunately, through no fault of anyone in the valley, that access is being threatened.</p><p>As a lifelong Californian, I’ve grown to love the mountains so much that I’ve done volunteer work in the forests of the Sierra for the past 15 years. And over that time, I’ve seen a dramatic shift in the condition of the forests. The problems are twofold: a lack of funding, and a lack of personnel.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:25:49 +0000 Ken Murray for Zocalo Public Square 27537 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Time To Save The Sierra's Vanishing Trails Fighting Fire With Fire, The Future Of The Rim Fire Burn Area http://kvpr.org/post/fighting-fire-fire-future-rim-fire-burn-area <p>Fires in the Sierra Nevada are a natural phenomenon, but with human sparked blazes - like this summer's Rim Fire - the ecology of the mountain range is in flux. Will the high country scorched this summer ever return to its natural glory or will the region of the forest be littered with shrubbery? In this report Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero takes a walk through multiple groves scorched by fires - caused naturally and by the human hand - and speaks with ecologists about the future of the forest burned by the Rim Fire.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:00:43 +0000 Ezra David Romero 25306 at http://kvpr.org Fighting Fire With Fire, The Future Of The Rim Fire Burn Area