sierra http://kvpr.org en New Book Chronicles 'Hidden History' Of The Sierra Nevada http://kvpr.org/post/new-book-chronicles-hidden-history-sierra-nevada <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s isn’t just home to internationally renowned gems like Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – it’s also a place that’s rich in its own human history. And while many stories, like the Gold Rush and </span>Hetch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hetchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are well known, a new book seeks to document the “hidden history” of the Sierra. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Joe Moore 32905 at http://kvpr.org New Book Chronicles 'Hidden History' Of The Sierra Nevada Fish Fire Grows In Southern Sierra Near Springville http://kvpr.org/post/fish-fire-grows-southern-sierra-near-springville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fish Fire, which was sparked by lightning &nbsp;in the remote Golden Trout Wilderness has now grown to over 1,450 acres.</span></p><p>Officials report that the fire is just 7 percent contained. It is burning in a remote area within the Sequoia National Forest about 25 miles northeast of Springville, near the Kern River. The fire has grown by 450 acres since Sunday.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:27:56 +0000 Joe Moore 20608 at http://kvpr.org Fish Fire Grows In Southern Sierra Near Springville Study Finds New Evidence of Climate Change in California http://kvpr.org/post/study-finds-new-evidence-climate-change-california <p>More wildfires.&nbsp; Warmer lakes.&nbsp; And higher temperatures.&nbsp; A new study from the California Environmental Protection Agency cites those and other signs that climate change is having a growing impact across the state.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p><p>CalEPA has been tracking environmental indicators since the year 2000 in hopes of measuring the effects of climate change.&nbsp; Here are some of the findings in the new study, based on 36 different indicators:</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:42:59 +0000 Ben Adler 19738 at http://kvpr.org Study Finds New Evidence of Climate Change in California What Snow? Final Snow Survey Yields Dry Results http://kvpr.org/post/what-snow-final-snow-survey-yields-dry-results <p>The season’s final snow survey in California found what most expected – dry conditions. Snow surveyors found absolutely no snow on the ground at Phillips Station, nearly 7,000 feet up Echo Summit in the Sierras.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Water content in California’s </span>snowpack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is only 17 percent of normal, meaning a below average water supply this summer.</span></p><p>Frank Gehrke with the Department of Water Resources says despite that, most reservoirs are near normal levels for the date thanks to early winter storms.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:12:18 +0000 Amy Quinton 14548 at http://kvpr.org What Snow? Final Snow Survey Yields Dry Results Snow Survey Shows Dramatically Dry Conditions for California http://kvpr.org/post/snow-survey-shows-dramatically-dry-conditions-california <p></p><p class="p1">The next to the last snow survey of the season shows extremely dry conditions for California. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, it has prompted the Department of Natural Resources to call the security of the state’s water supply “threatened.”</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:09:06 +0000 Amy Quinton 12841 at http://kvpr.org Snow Survey Shows Dramatically Dry Conditions for California On Valley Edition: The Sierra Foothill Conservancy; Talk With A Supreme Court Justice; End Of Life http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-sierra-foothill-conservancy-talk-supreme-court-justice-end-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a> we take a hike into the foothills of Fresno County. Valley Public Radio’s <a href="http://kvpr.org/people/ezra-romero">Ezra Romero</a> takes the listener on a journey through the McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve run by the <a href="http://www.sierrafoothill.org/">Sierra Foothill Conservancy</a>. Jeannette </span>Tuitele<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – Lewis, executive director of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, joins host Juanita Stevenson in a discussion surrounding the Valley locale, its ties to the community and future dates for preserve exploration.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:40:58 +0000 Juanita Stevenson & Ezra David Romero 12047 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: The Sierra Foothill Conservancy; Talk With A Supreme Court Justice; End Of Life Nature Preserve Near Fresno Delights Foothill Visitors http://kvpr.org/post/nature-preserve-near-fresno-delights-foothill-visitors <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the edge of a region in California known for agriculture and dairy, lays a hidden gem. &nbsp;A wildlife preserve with Table top foothills, that in spring are awash in color from budding wild flowers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Saturday, the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, a local group that manages a number of foothill preserves in the region held a special open house at the group’s largest operation. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:13:32 +0000 Ezra David Romero 12009 at http://kvpr.org Nature Preserve Near Fresno Delights Foothill Visitors Sierra Snowpack Below Normal; Driest Year on Record http://kvpr.org/post/sierra-snowpack-below-normal-driest-year-record <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">January and February are the driest on record for the northern Sierra Nevada. As Amy Quinton reports,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">snowpack</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is well-below normal for this time of year.</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:16:57 +0000 Amy Quinton 11490 at http://kvpr.org Sierra Snowpack Below Normal; Driest Year on Record Second Snow Survey Shows Below Normal Conditions http://kvpr.org/post/second-snow-survey-shows-below-normal-conditions <p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>California snow surveyors reported Tuesday that water content in the state’s mountain snowpack is below average for the date.&nbsp;</p></div><p>The manual readings this month confirmed what many water managers expected after a relatively dry January. The water content in the Sierra snow is 93 percent of average for this time of year.</p><p>Early storms in November and December dumped snow ranging from 32 ½ to 44 inches around Echo Summit. That erased the deficit in reservoir storage. But very little snow has fallen since.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:37:41 +0000 Amy Quinton 10136 at http://kvpr.org Second Snow Survey Shows Below Normal Conditions Sierra Snowpack Has Water Managers Happy, So Far http://kvpr.org/post/sierra-snowpack-has-water-managers-happy-so-far <p></p><p>California’s water managers say the state has a good supply of water so far thanks to a snowy December.</p><p>The first official measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack showed four-feet of accumulation. Manual and electronic readings showed the water content of the snow at 134 percent of average for this time of year.</p><p>Frank Gehrke&nbsp;is with the Department of Water Resources. He says last year the snowpack in the area was just over one-tenth of an inch.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 00:00:07 +0000 Amy Quinton 8904 at http://kvpr.org Sierra Snowpack Has Water Managers Happy, So Far Lightning Caused Fires Continue to Burn in Mountains http://kvpr.org/post/lightning-caused-fires-continue-burn-mountains <p>Fires sparked by lightning on Saturday &nbsp;continue to burn today in rugged terrain in the Sierra Nevada mountains, nearly a week after they began. In the Sierra National Forest east of Fresno the Bear Fire has consumed over 700 acres of timber between Edison and Florence Lake.</p><p>Ten smoke jumpers, four helicopters and four fixed wing aircraft are battling the blaze, which is in terrain ranging from 7,500 to 9,000 feet in elevation. The fire is currently 50 percent contained. No structures are threatened.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 03:01:44 +0000 Joe Moore 1963 at http://kvpr.org Lightning Caused Fires Continue to Burn in Mountains