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2010-07-29 15:18:00

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United States Mint Director Ed Moy, joined by National Park Service officials, today introduced to the Nation the new quarter honoring Yosemite National Park in California. The coin's reverse (tails side) design features the iconic El Capitan, the largest granite monolith in the world. "With this quarter, the United States Mint connects America to the wonder, peace and beauty of one of its most awe-inspiring natural...

2009-10-06 13:39:00

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Building Maintenance, the all-green janitorial division of Universal Services of America, is doing their part to protect the environment by sponsoring Yosemite National Park. The "Sponsor a Wild Place" program, put forth by Sierra Club, offers businesses the opportunity to help U.S. national parks in need of protection from environmental concerns. The funds from Universal Building Maintenance's sponsorship will help promote the use...

2009-09-22 08:00:00

BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia.com(R) and the National Park Foundation today announced the launch of a new online resource to help travelers plan and book vacations to America's National Parks. The site, found at www.expedia.com/nationalparks, provides visitors with information about the National Parks and nearby lodging options available on Expedia.com, as well as suggestions for long weekend itineraries and in-depth articles on "Can't-Miss National Parks." It also...

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2009-09-18 12:15:00

A California-based travel Web site has picked Yosemite National Park's Glacier Point as the No. 1 place for nighttime star gazing. VirtualTourist.com chose the California park's viewpoint, on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, as the best spot on the list of the Five Best Places to Count the Stars at Night for a view that VirtualTourist member Paulvir described as like someone had spilled a cup of milk in the sky. The Yesnaby area of Scotland's Orkney island was given second-place honors on...

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2009-05-22 16:05:00

Experts say climate change appears to be a major cause of the disappearance of the oldest and largest trees within California's world famous Yosemite National Park, BBC News reported. An analysis of data collected over 60 years by forest ecologists has raised cause for concern over the majestic trees. Some fear that even more large trees may be dying off elsewhere, considering the current decline is happening within one of most protected forests within the US. Data collected on tree growth...

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2008-10-15 15:30:00

Global warming is causing major shifts in the range of small mammals in Yosemite National Park, one of the nation's treasures that was set aside as a public trust 144 years ago, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists. The study, published in the Oct. 10 issue of Science, compared small mammal populations in the park today versus 90 years ago and found that mammals like shrews, mice and ground squirrels have moved to higher elevations or reduced their ranges...

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2008-09-24 13:49:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of lichen stuck to several historic icons in Yosemite. They have spotted the new microscopic species clinging to El Capitan, Half Dome and Vernal Falls, and countless slabs of less famous rock. Now they are setting out to determine if the species can be found elsewhere. Several world-class climbers gathered at the site last week where they collected the microcosms for scientists to analyze. "We hear about new species of life being discovered in the...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- A fire burning outside Yosemite National Park has destroyed 28 homes, seven more than previously thought, fire officials reported Tuesday as weather forecasts produced new wildfire worries. Officials said crews were able to go in and more accurately survey the damage from the blaze, which was 95 percent contained. No additional structures were at risk, they said. The fire, which has consumed about 53 square miles and cost nearly $37 million to fight,...

2008-08-03 21:00:10

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. _ Scientists predict that climate change will mean more rainfall and less snow in Yosemite in the next 50 years. If that happens, they say, one of the nation's premier outdoor destinations could experience problems _ including severe floods in winter and spring, plus dry wells in the summer. Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley also could be hurt because reservoirs might not be able to handle large winter runoffs, and water needed for irrigation or groundwater...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of residents streamed back into their mountain homes Wednesday as firefighters announced they had made critical gains against a wildfire charging across the hillsides outside Yosemite National Park. An evacuation order remained in effect for about 100 homes near the fire northwest of Midpines, a small town about a dozen miles from the protected wilderness. By Wednesday evening, the 50-square- mile blaze was 40 percent contained. (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt...


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