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  • sierramel
    Forest Service Contact: Jan Cutts(760) 873-2481 Date: June 12, 2001 NEW FOOD STORAGE REQUIREMENTS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA Black bear and
    Message 1 of 473 , Jun 13, 2001
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      Forest Service<br>Contact: Jan Cutts(760)
      873-2481<br>Date: June 12, 2001<br><br>NEW FOOD STORAGE
      REQUIREMENTS IN THE EASTERN SIERRA<br><br>Black bear and human
      interactions in the Eastern Sierra have
      significantly<br>increased over the last two years.<br><br>Backpackers
      should carry bear resistant canisters, stock users
      should use bear resistant
      panniers.<br>WILDERNESS<br>Bear activity levels in Wilderness have increased.
      <br>Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks have bear-resistant food
      storage requirements. In the summer of 2000,
      bear-resistant canisters were required on the main Mt. Whitney
      Trail. Due to continued high bear activity
      levels,<br>bear-resistant canisters and panniers are now required for food
      storage in<br>the certain areas from May 25th through
      October 31st.<br><br>On other trails throughout the Inyo
      National Forest the use of canisters is
      highly<br>recommended. The counter-balance<br>method of food storage,
      where food is hung from sacks over a tree
      branch,<br>works in few areas, check with your local ranger
      station before depending on this method.<br><br>FRONT
      COUNTRY, TRAILHEADS, AND OTHER DEVELOPED SITES<br>The most
      effective way to keep food from bears is to use food
      storage lockers where they are provided at campgrounds
      and trailheads.<br><br>Campgrounds, trailheads, and
      day use areas throughout the eastern Sierra
      are<br>being outfitted with food storage lockers, especially
      where bear activity<br>has been high. <br><br>More
      information, including updates on bear activity, successful
      methods of<br>food storage for particular areas, and
      locations of food storage requirements and food storage
      lockers, can be obtained by calling the Inyo<br>National
      Forest ranger station for the area in which you plan to
      travel.<br><br>~~FS~~<br>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Bear-resistant canisters and panniers
      are now<br>required for food storage in the following
      areas from May 25th through<br>October 31st:<br>� Rush
      Creek Drainage<br>� Trails leading out of the Mammoth
      Lakes area from Agnew Meadows and Red's<br>Meadow<br>�
      Little Lakes Valley<br>� Bishop Pass<br>� Kearsarge
      Pass<br>� Mt. Whitney main trail<br><br>Food storage
      lockers are available at the following
      locations:<br>CAMPGROUNDS:<br>� Lee Vining Area: Ellery Lake, Sawmill Walk-in,
      Junction Camp, Big Bend<br>campgrounds<br>� Walker Lake
      Trailhead Campground<br>� June Lake Loop: June Lake, Gull
      Lake, Reverse Creek, and Silver
      Lake<br>campgrounds<br>� Obsidian Flat group camp<br>� Mammoth Area: Twin
      Lakes Campground and Reds Meadow Campground<br>� Rock
      Creek Canyon: Rock Creek Lake, Upper Pine Grove, and
      Pine Grove<br>campgrounds. East Fork Campground will
      have lockers later this summer.<br>� Bishop Creek
      Area: Intake Walk-in, Mountain Glen, Table Mountain,
      Willow<br>campgrounds.<br>� Onion Valley and Upper & Lower Grays Meadow
      campgrounds<br>� Whitney Portal Campgrounds and Day Use Area and
      Lone Pine Campground<br>� Horseshoe Meadow and
      Cottonwood Lakes Hiker campgrounds<br><br>TRAILHEADS:<br>�
      Rush Creek Trailhead and Fern Lake Trailhead<br>�
      South Lake Trailhead (Bishop Creek)<br>� Little Lakes
      Valley and Hilton Lakes Trailhead (Rock Creek)<br>� Mt.
      Whitney Trailhead<br><br>Additional food storage lockers
      are being constructed and placed at<br>campgrounds
      and trailheads throughout the eastern Sierra.
    • tiocampo
      Here is my opinion on the snowpack: At this time, it is pretty much normal or slightly below. The snowpack will dwindle pretty much as usual, unless
      Message 473 of 473 , Feb 24, 2002
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        Here is my opinion on the snowpack: <br><br>At
        this time, it is pretty much normal or slightly below.
        The snowpack will dwindle pretty much as usual,
        unless there are some new major storms. <br><br>Whatever
        the JMT veterans would say about "normal year
        conditions" should apply this year. Last year was
        exceptionally dry in the high country. This year will certainly
        have more snowpack, but nothing like 1983 or 1997.
        <br><br>But hey, it might snow some more! Winter ain't over
        yet, but the probabilities are dwindling.<br><br>Here
        is my tip on interpreting the snow water equivalents
        shown for individual sensor sites: <br><br>loose, new
        fallen snow is deeper, say up to 12 inches of snow to 1
        inch of precip<br><br>dense, old snow is less deep,
        say from 3 to 6 inches of snow to 1 inch of precip.
        This is applicable when daytime air temps have been
        above freezing for a while<br><br>Have a great time,
        whatever you decide to do!<br><br>Best Regards,<br><br>FRF
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