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Samstag, 6. April 2013, 18:03

Infos zum Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP

Seit einigen Monaten gibt es Straßenbauarbeiten in den beiden NPS - die haben sich durch den Winter verzögert und man sollte auch in den nächsten Monaten mit Wartezeiten/Staus rechnen.

Wichtig für Wohnmobilfahrer!
Seit dem 5.4.13 dürfen nur noch Wohnmobile in die Parks, die kürzer als 22 feet sind!

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Freitag, 19. Juni 2015, 20:08

Bear Incident at Sequoia National Park and Bear Safety Tips

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On Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 a.m., a park visitor stopped at the Ash Mountain Entrance Station in Sequoia National Park to report an incident involving a bear and a camper at Potwisha Campground. (Potwisha Campground is located 4 miles from the primary entrance to Sequoia National Park along the Generals Highway.) According to reports, a bear nudged a man in a sleeping bag at a campsite in Potwisha Campground at approximately 6:30 a.m. The man woke up. The bear stepped on the man, who ran away from the bear. The bear followed him, then turned around to grab the man's sleeping bag and drag it to the edge of the campsite. Other campers stated that they banged pots and pans to scare the bear away. The man, a 25-year-old from Santa Cruz, CA, sustained minor injuries—lacerations to his back and a puncture wound. The individual refused further medical care by park staff. Currently, park staff is trying to locate the bear. Notices have been posted and campers contacted at Potwisha and Buckeye Flat campgrounds. Campground patrols have been increased. The incident is under investigation.

Superintendent Woody Smeck of Sequoia and Kings Canyon said, "Black bears in our national parks are wild, beautiful animals." Smeck added, "We ask visitors to admire them from a safe distance and to secure food and other scented items."

The following safety tips will help you reduce the risk of a bear-related incident or break-in:

Everyone: Bears that have been able to get human food in the past can become bold and sometimes aggressive around people. Never leave any food or scented item in cars where brown metal food-storage boxes are provided in the parks. (You may be fined if you do not store these items properly.) Don't let bears approach you or your food, picnic area, or campsite. Wave your arms, make loud noises, and throw small rocks toward them (--avoid hitting the face or head). Keep a safe distance but be persistent. Easily abandoning your food teaches bears that it is acceptable to approach people; it may hurt someone in the future. If a bear does get food, however, never try to take it back.

Backpackers: Hanging food often fails! Store all food in a portable container. Less than 3 pounds, it holds up to 5-day's food for one and fits in a pack. Metal boxes in a few wilderness locations offer backup storage. Rent/buy a container at visitor centers or markets.
Campers: Store food day and night in the metal boxes provided at each campsite (avoid bringing coolers that won't fit;most boxes are 47" long x 33" deep x 28" high.) Store ALL food, coolers, related items, and anything with an odor (even non-food) —including unopened cans and bottles. Latch the box completely. Food not stored properly will be impounded. Where boxes are not provided, seal food to reduce odors, cover it well, and close the windows. Keep a clean campsite. Deposit garbage immediately in bear-proof containers or store it like food. Take baby seats out of cars;the smells they absorb may attract bears.

Picnickers: Never move away from coolers and tables when food is out. Stay within arm's length of food.
Lodge Guests: Remove food from your vehicles.


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Samstag, 20. Juni 2015, 11:49

Ich habe ja großen Respekt vor Bären... ob ich mich dann traue dort zu picknicken oder so...
Wir wollen sowohl im Yosemite als auch im Sequoia nur kleinere Wanderungen machen, da muss nur Wasser mit.
Aber das Essen aus dem Auto muss dann in so eine Box...gibt es die an jedem Parkplatz?
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Samstag, 20. Juni 2015, 18:06

Na dann freue ich mich schon aufs Ein- und Auspacken :-)
Es doll ja auch kein Bärchen in Versuchung geraten! ;-)
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Sonntag, 21. Juni 2015, 19:04

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Sonntag, 21. Juni 2015, 19:55

Im Sequoia / Kings Canyon muss bei Dayhikes nicht immer alles Essen aus dem Auto ausgelagert werden. Das ist bei jedem Parkplatz / Trailhead unterschiedlich geregelt und wird dort auf Schildern angegeben.
Manchmal reicht es, das Essen im Auto zu lassen und es blickdicht zu verstauen. Die Bären erkennen wohl eine Icebox mit einem Blick durch das Fenster :D

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Sonntag, 13. September 2015, 15:51

Schlimme Waldbrände in Kalifornien: Mammut-Bäume bedroht

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In Kalifornien sind tausende Menschen von Waldbränden bedroht, die rasch um sich greifen. Nach Behördenangaben
haben sich die Flammen südöstlich der Hauptstadt des US-Staates, Sacramento, auf einer Fläche von über 260 Quadratkilometern ausgebreitet. 15 Gebäude seien bereits abgebrannt.
Gouverneur Jerry Brown hat für die hügelige Region den Notstand ausgerufen, um auf diese Weise schnell Hilfe zu mobilisieren. Mehr als 3000 Feuerwehrleute kämpfen gegen die Flammen an. Auch in der Region der Sequoia- und Kings-Canyon-Nationalparks wüten Brände, die bereits Ende Juli durch Blitzschläge entfacht worden waren. Das Feuer bedroht auch Kaliforniens berühmte Mammutbäume in der von vielen Touristen besuchten Grant Grove.

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Sonntag, 13. September 2015, 16:15

Man hat es leider bei der Anfahrt auf den Sequoia NP deutlich gerochen. Und auch die vielen Dankesschilder an die Feuerwehrleute und andere Helfer waren ein mehr als deutliches Zeichen. Gemäß der Ausschilderung kommt man im Kings Canyon auch nicht mehr bis an Ende. Der Sequoia NP ist weiterhin uneingeschränkt zu besuchen.
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Montag, 19. Juni 2017, 16:43

Third river fatality this year at Sequoia National Park

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A 26-year-old woman has died after falling into a creek in Sequoia National Park, the third drowning in the park this year, authorities said Sunday.
The incident occurred Saturday evening when the woman fell into Silliman Creek near the Twin Lakes Trail and was subsequently swept downstream, according to the National Park Service.
The woman’s identity has not been released.
Record high temperatures in the region coupled with rapidly melting snow in mountain areas is causing swift, cold and dangerous river conditions, park officials warned.


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Mittwoch, 28. Juni 2017, 15:50

Traffic Delays on the Generals Highway

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Reconstruction on the Generals Highway, the main park road, is causing road delays in Sequoia National Park between Hospital Rock Picnic Area in the foothills and the Giant Forest sequoia grove. Traffic is held at Amphitheater Point Overlook at the lower end and Crystal Cave Road near the upper end (the work itself is from Deer Ridge to the Eleven Range Overlook). For tips on minimizing the waiting time to pass through construction, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Soon, vehicles longer than 22 feet will be prohibited on this stretch of road between Hospital Rock and the Giant Forest. Vehicles longer than 22 feet are never recommended on this section, but shortly after the July 4th holiday that is expected to change to a restriction due to increased construction activity. Hwy 180, the northern entrance to these parks, is the preferred route for these longer vehicles.
On weekdays from 7:00 am-5:00 pm
Expect delays of up to 1 hour through noon on June 30. After the delay, uphill traffic passes first, followed by downhill traffic. See Holidays, below, regarding the Independence Day weekend. Starting June 5, consistent 1-hour delays are expected from 7:00 am-8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 7:00 am-5:00 pm on Fridays, with traffic passing through the construction zone on the hour.
On weeknights from 9:00 pm Sunday through 5:00 am Friday
Nighttime delays are not expected to start for another few weeks. When they do, both lanes will close for 8 hours, one pass-through at 11:30 pm, uphill traffic first. Once nighttime delays are necessary, this page will be updated with that information up to two weeks in advance.
Other hours and on weekends
No delays when both lanes are open. When highway is limited to one lane, expect delays up to 20 minutes. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
Holidays
There will be no roadwork on July 4th weekend noon Friday until 7:00 am Tuesday. Traffic may be controlled by traffic lights, with uphill traffic passing through first.

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Montag, 29. Januar 2018, 20:51

5 epic hikes through California’s ancient sequoia and redwood groves

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Giant sequoias and towering, ancient redwoods once covered California’s landscapes. Today, only a small fraction of those groves remain.
Here are five spectacular hikes, where you can walk among these 2,000-year-old trees, drink in the sights and serenity, and offer up thanks to the conservationists who made this possible.

(2x Sequoia National Park, Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Mariposa Grove)


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Sonntag, 1. April 2018, 16:01

Road construction season begins in Sequoia National Park

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The second season of road construction in Sequoia National Park began on Monday, March 19. Work is being done on an approximately one mile long segment of the Generals Highway between Amphitheater Point and Crystal Cave Road.
Work on this segment is extensive and includes reconstruction of the road to widen narrow sections, construct new or rehabilitate existing retaining walls, improve drainage, construct new pullouts, and other improvements. This work will take place in elevations ranging from 4,500 to 5,500 feet.

The Generals Highway Construction Project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and is paid for by the Federal Lands Transportation Program. The estimated cost to complete the project is between $8 million and $12 million. LB Civil Construction, Inc. was awarded the contract on May 15, 2017.

Visitors should expect up to one-hour delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 20 minute delays from 6-7 a.m. and 7-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. both lanes will close for 10 hours with one pass-through at 8 p.m. and another at 11:30 p.m. Uphill traffic first, downhill traffic will follow after the uphill traffic has successfully cleared the construction zone. Once both lanes of traffic have been cleared, the construction zone will close to all traffic, until the top of the next hour. No delays are expected Friday through Sunday and on holidays, unless the highway is limited to one lane.
Vehicles longer than 22 feet will be prohibited on the Generals Highway starting March 19, between Hospital Rock and the Giant Forest Museum. This closure will remain in effect until construction has been completed. During construction, the FHWA will close one lane of the highway by blocking it with K-rail. This will narrow the highway, making it unable to safely accommodate vehicles over 22 feet. The highway closure is being extended to the nearest turn around locations for vehicles of that size to the south at Hospital Rock and north at Giant Forest Museum.

Visitors with vehicles over 22 feet hoping to visit the giant sequoias are advised to either make a shuttle reservation prior to day of visit, or enter via the Hwy 180 northern entrance to these parks.

The Generals Highway was completed in 1935 and is the primary artery through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The Generals Highway is a narrow and winding road that was not designed or constructed for travel by the larger vehicles that are in use today. Since its original construction, the Generals Highway has needed periodic repairs to address structural deficiencies and normal wear that have led to deterioration. However, in 1993 the design and reconstruction of the entire 28-mile Generals Highway began. Reconstruction was needed because the Generals Highway was in poor condition with several failures, had short sight distances, several drainage issues, and did not meet FHWA design standards.
To date, reconstruction of the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park has been completed between the south Park entrance and Deer Ridge.

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Mittwoch, 11. April 2018, 18:04

Verizon Wants to Build a 138-Foot Cell Tower Disguised as a Tree in Sequoia National Park

A cell tower mimicking some of the largest and oldest trees in the world.

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According to a release by the National Park Service (NPS), Verizon Wireless is proposing to construct a 138-foot cellular tower within Sequoia National Park to improve coverage in the area. The cell tower, if approved, would potentially be built “to simulate a pine tree.”
The proposed construction area sits near Wuksachi Village in an established utility site at the end of an existing paved access road, and would affect approximately 0.23 acres (10,120 square feet) of park land. The goal of the project is to provide year-round coverage to a portion of the Generals Highway, the Wuksachi Village area, the Lodgepole area and the Wolverton area.
The press release by the NPS describes the cell tower: “Antennas would be directed, as much as possible, away from the wilderness. A 138-foot tall tower with panel antennas and microwave dishes, potentially constructed to simulate a pine tree, mounted on a 4 to 5-foot diameter footer.”

For reference, the Sequoia trees of Sequoia National Park reach upwards of 200 feet and are among the oldest and tallest in the world. The park also bills itself as a place where you can totally “embrace the escape” with limited cell and WiFi access. This plan would certainly sit on the opposite side of that sentiment.
In the release, the NPS admits that it is merely “considering the issuance of a right-of-way permit to Verizon Wireless to construct, operate and maintain a wireless telecommunications facility” at this time.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 made it so the NPS must consider any and all project proposals for telecommunications towers on federal land. This was followed by a fierce competition by telcom companies like AT&T, Verizon and others courting the most popular national parks to build cell towers. All done without specific policies for doing so in place, as many national parks have not released policy plans for cell tower projects.
According to a story by Government Technology at the end of 2017, “Because the National Park Service is highly decentralized, NPS headquarters does not track construction of cellular towers in parks nationwide. Nor has it developed a national policy to guide parks superintendents in reviewing such proposals.”
That story, along with other reports, has gathered information about how plenty of cell towers have been built in national parks (some unknowingly) since then. And a proposed bill in the House (The Public Lands Telecommunications Act aims to let individual parks keep the rental fees they collect for cell towers built within their boundaries.
The NPS has initiated the public scoping phase on the Verizon-Sequoia proposal, which means that public comments can now be submitted until midnight on May 4. The next phase is the environmental assessment, which will be coordinated by the park itself. A final decision on the cell tower project will be made by the end of this summer.

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