National Parks http://kvpr.org en Despite Shutdown, Rim Fire Recovery Moves Forward http://kvpr.org/post/despite-shutdown-rim-fire-recovery-moves-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National parks across the country may be off-limits to visitors due to the government shutdown, but in the Sierra, it hasn&rsquo;t stopped efforts to recover from the Rim Fire.</span></p><p>A crew of around 50 fire response specialists are still on the job in the Stanislaus National Forest and in Yosemite National Park.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 01:02:16 +0000 Ezra David Romero 22474 at http://kvpr.org Despite Shutdown, Rim Fire Recovery Moves Forward Yosemite's 'Buffalo Soldiers' Inspire Ranger Shelton Johnson, African Americans http://kvpr.org/post/yosemites-buffalo-soldiers-inspire-ranger-shelton-johnson-african-americans <p class="p1">One hundred years ago this summer, a group of U.S. Army cavalry soldiers left the Presidio in San Francisco, and made the hot dusty trek across the San Joaquin Valley to both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Veterans of the Spanish American War, were charged with protecting the new national parks from poachers, timber thieves, and with building park infrastructure. They were in essence America's first park rangers.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:36:59 +0000 Joe Moore 17685 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite's 'Buffalo Soldiers' Inspire Ranger Shelton Johnson, African Americans Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks http://kvpr.org/post/sequestered-spring-means-fewer-rangers-services-national-parks Spring has come early to the Yosemite Valley, and the melting snow makes for a spectacular rush of water off the granite face of Yosemite Falls, the tallest in North America.<p>Early March is when park officials would normally be gearing up for the busy tourist season. Instead, they're figuring out how to cut $1.5 million from their budget. Without a budget deal, the sequestration has forced the Park Service to cut a total of $134 million from sites around the country.<p>"Do we close a visitor center for the entire season, or do we just cut back hours?" says Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 11699 at http://kvpr.org Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks