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Field Notes

Announcing National Wilderness Conference Youth Scholarship

  • John Muir
  • feb 14, 2014

The Wilderness 50th Anniversary Committee is announcing National Wilderness Conference Youth Scholarships! The scholarships are to attend the Wilderness 50th National Conference in October, 2014.

Scholarships will be awarded to youth who demonstrate leadership or are working towards a leadership role in wilderness education, advocacy and community awareness.

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Stream Crossing Safety

  • Doug Johnson
  • jan 25, 2014

Most of us venture into wilderness for relaxation and to remove ourselves from stressful environments. However, it may be impossible to avoid hazardous obstacles during your trip. Water crossings can be hazardous any time of year. Snow melting in the springtime will inundate streams with icy water, and a rain storm in any season can cause flash flooding. Foot bridges and crossings you may have safely navigated before could turn into a dangerous undertaking.

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Cross Cut Sawing in the Sierra Wilderness

  • A. Ramsey
  • dec 26, 2013

Ever wonder who cuts those logs that fall across the trail deep in the back country? Using a cross cut saw is a traditional (and challenging) skill mastered by many backcountry rangers throughout the Sierra.

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Stream Crossing Safety

Spring is coming and streams will be full of runoff! Here are some tips for safe stream crossings on foot.

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Wilderness in the News

jan 28

Sierra National Forest is seeking wilderness ranger interns! Summer 2014 internships offer experience working in the backcountry. For more information on the internships including duties, locations, and qualifications, contact Lead Wilderness Ranger Micki Didier at 559-855-5355x3304 or mdidier@fs.fed.us.

jan 25

Porterville Recorder: Soda Fire now at 730 Acres, Low Intensity Fire Burns Forest Understory

Posted Friday, January 24, 2014 8:44 am

nov 15

Wilderness50th.org: 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. See what’s happening in your area to celebrate this preservation milestone!