The Bear Fire 'smoldered for weeks,' then destroyed a town. Was Forest Service slow to fight it?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Started by a lightning strike in mid-August, the Bear Fire had been burning for weeks in the rugged mountain terrain of the Plumas National Forest — attracting comparatively little attention from the public or media as much larger wildfires burned elsewhere in Northern California.And then on Tuesday, with fierce Diablo winds blowing, it turned into a monster. By Wednesday, it had destroyed much of the tiny community of Berry Creek, had killed three people and was threatening the city of Oroville.The sudden devastation left some local officials irate and defeated Berry Cree...
The Sacramento Bee
Wolverines return to Mount Rainier National Park after 100 years
SEATTLE — Mount Rainier National Park is now home to wolverines again after a more than 100-year hiatus.A reproducing female, named Joni, and her two babies, called kits, were discovered by scientists of the Cascades Carnivore Project in collaboration with the National Park Service, according to a recent announcement. To make the rare and historic discovery last week, scientists used camera stations designed to photograph the animals and identify them using their uniquely patterned chest markings.“It’s really, really exciting,” Chip Jenkins, superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park, said ...
The Seattle Times
4 bears hit by cars in Yosemite; rangers urge motorists to slow down
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Four black bears have been hit by cars in Yosemite National Park over the last three weeks, leading rangers to urge motorists visiting the famed Sierra Nevada destination to slow down in a summer in which the human traffic has been cut in half because of the coronavirus.Two of the bears died. The other two were injured and it is unclear whether they survived.“Yosemite National Park is a big park,” said Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman. “People who come here sometimes are not familiar with the roads or the wildlife. You get bears, foxes, deer and other animals that cross the ...
The Mercury News
Family travel five: Time for a breath of fresh air
In an era when fresh air is favored, it may be an ideal time to nurture your family’s interest in the natural world.Here are five ways to encourage the next generation of outdoor adventurers.———1. Opt for outside fun.A slew of experts agree that regular, unstructured outside play is critical for a child’s healthy development.To that end, encourage youngsters to head out the door with the freedom to roam, staying safe within set boundaries, guided by their age, environment and experience.Pair free play with plans for regular outdoor activity as a family: opt for cross-country or downhill skiing...