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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

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Merced Sun-Star

July 1, 2010

Yosemite National Park has extended the public review period for policies related to visitation of Half Dome.

The public can submit written ideas until Tuesday, July 6, about use of the Half Dome cables. Yosemite is drafting a long-term plan to ensure that use of the trail leading to Half Dome, and the Half Dome cables, follows the 1964 Wilderness Act and the National Park Service Organic Act.

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by Annette M. Hall

May 15, 2006

Due to Spring flooding caused by unusually heavy snowfall over the winter months the Yosemite Valley was a congested tangled mess of motor vehicles.

Due to Spring flooding caused by unusually heavy snowfall over the winter months the Yosemite Valley was a congested tangled mess of motor vehicles. Many areas inside the park have been closed due to the flooding, causing traffic congestion so severe it took hours to make our way around the Yosemite Valley floor.

My Motherlode

by B.J. Hansen

January 23, 2010

Yosemite, CA -- Almost all roads leading into Yosemite have reopened after being closed due to snow, ice and fallen trees.

Highways 120 and 140 were reopened this morning. Hwy 41 is open from Yosemite Valley to Chinquapin, but is closed south of Yosemite West to Wawona due to fallen trees. Badger Pass Road is open, but the Hetch Hetchy Road will remain closed through the weekend.

by Mike Harris

January 23, 2012

Yosemite National Park will use a lottery system to allocate Day Use Permits for climbing the Half Dome cables during the summer 2012 season, with the preseason drawing conducted through

For the summer 2012 season, the park will continue requiring Day Use Permits seven days per week for climbing the Half Dome cables. A maximum of 400 hikers will be allowed each day on the Half Dome Trail beyond the subdome. The permit mix would be 300 day hikers and 100 backpackers.

May 29, 2011

In the realm of news for silver coins, it has been a busy couple of weeks for United States Mint 5 ounce issues. The month of June will continue the ...

The month of June will continue the buzz as the Mint is scheduled to release the collector 2010-P Yosemite National Park 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin for California on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

May 23, 2012

Yosemite fire managers have announced the 2012 Fire Season began yesterday, Monday, May 21, 2012. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond.

Additionally, grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack the park received over the winter.

by Mary Holman

July 8, 2012

Californians with travel plans to Yosemite will be surprised to learn that the National Trust for Historic Preservation has added the Rustic bridges in Yosemite National Park to its 2012 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

This annual list spotlights important examples of the nation's heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. The National Trust and the Park Service are officially at odds over a national treasure, each in the name of protecting America's resources.

The Pine Tree

by Kim Hamilton

July 5, 2009

While thousands of visitors came to experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park on July 4, fire personnel continued to manage the Grouse and Harden fires in the Park.

The Grouse Fire is located three miles southwest of Yosemite Valley and north of Glacier Point Road. The Grouse Fire is 2,300 acres and 50 percent contained. The Harden Fire on the north side of the park, west of Harden Lake and northwest of White Wolf is currently 1,594 acres and 75 percent contained...

The Pine Tree

May 28, 2010

Visitors to Yosemite National Park over the Memorial Day holiday weekend should expect the park to be busy. People planning trips into the park are strongly encouraged to arrive before 10:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. to avoid long waits at the entrance.

All campgrounds on the reservation system are full. There are a very limited number of first-come, first-served campsites available throughout the park. Visitors should arrive early to secure a campsite. All trails within Yosemite are open, however some may still have snow patches and ice present on the trail. Hikers should be aware that spring weather can be unpredictable and change without warming.

by Tess Koman

August 20, 2015

Authorities have shut down two Yosemite National Park campgrounds in response. ‚Äč

Update, 8/20/2015: After a Los Angeles girl contracted the plague while visiting Yosemite National Park in mid-July, California health officials are now investigating a second case of the plague.

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