In the News - Friday, January
stories written by John or
Elliott unless otherwise noted
this week's FRONT PAGE (PDF)
LOOK BACK AT 2009
you read just one newspaper all year long,
should be it!
As we rush to meet deadline
after deadline, it’s easy to have tunnel vision
in regards to this newspaper. Some weeks, the business
end of the newspaper — accounts receivable and
payable —requires the majority of our attention
and our creativity takes a hit. Other weeks, we barely
have time to leave our desks, so we can’t get
out into the field — okay, mountains —
to take a representative photo of the beauty of the
season, no matter which one it may be and all of which
deserve to be on the front page of every issue. Some
weeks we feel we barely accomplish anything because
there is always still so much to do and another deadline
This is why we enjoy compiling the Year-in-Review
issue. We take a break from developing stories and
delve into these issues from the previous year. As
we do this, we realize how many stories, photos, features,
columns, Neighbor Profiles, Snapshots, special issues,
interviews, and other information are in these issues.
We learn what we did right, what we did wrong, what
we can improve, and even give ourselves a few pats
on the back for a job well done.
Are you ready for another year of news,
Three Rivers? It’s on its way, but first there’s
this... —JOHN AND SARAH ELLIOTT
— JANUARY —
January 2— Dozens
of revelers took the annual plunge in the frigid pools
adjacent to the Gateway Restaurant. The chilly river
dunk and celebration was Gateway’s eighth annual
MIKE TOLLEFSON, YOSEMITE SUPERINTENDENT,
retired from an NPS career that spanned four decades.
Tollefson served as the superintendent at Sequoia
and Kings Canyon National Parks from 1995 to 1999.
January 9— Kaweah
Country was mired in a typical January weather pattern
– a daily struggle between fog and sunshine.
THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES Commission
announced that there were 1,200 applications seeking
solar subsidies in December 2008. More than 18,000
home and business owners applied for the subsidies
since the program began in 2006.
January 23— At
the Jan. 12 town meeting Supervisor Ishida said the
County of Tulare had no more options and will layoff
200 workers and close two county healthcare facilities.
If things don’t improve relative to the economy
soon, Ishida said, there will be more layoffs and
ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, Barack Obama
was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
President Obama then made plans to sign the parks’
omnibus wilderness bill, which would change the status
of 85,000 acres in Sequoia-Kings Canyon including
renaming a portion of the Mineral King area after
former Congressman John Krebs.
RECYCLERS WERE STRUGGLING IN the sluggish
economy. Ramon Duarte, the local operator in Three
Rivers, also blamed the declining revenue on dwindling
state redemption rates.
January 30— The
State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) sought
an amendment to place more restrictions on septic
system owners. Opponents said the new regulations
and fees would be a bitter pill to swallow in the
THE SEQUOIA FOOTHILLS CHAMBER of Commerce
implored residents to shop local.
WEATHER WATCHERS WERE HOPING for more
snow pack to boost the below average season to date.
— FEBRUARY —
February 6— THE KAWEAH
COMMONWEALTH, by popular demand, began listing weekly
“For Rent” classifieds on its TKC Online
website. The most oft-visited locally owned website
has been accommodating visitors from all over the
world since 2003.
ANGRY SHOUTING MATCHES AT public meetings
caused the State Water Resources Control Board to
rethink its proposal to further regulate septic systems
in rural areas like Three Rivers. A concerted “back
off” was heard by state officials loud and clear.
THREE RIVERS GAS PRICES were edging higher
once again. The price for a gallon of unleaded was
A LOCAL LANDOWNER CUT down several stands
of oaks. Several residents expressed their outrage
to county officials.
February 13— A
succession of cold winter storms finally made their
way across central California bringing much needed
rain to the foothills and snow to the nearby mountains.
Lodgepole rangers reported 66 inches at the snow stake
next to the visitor center.
APRIL KLOCKE OF THREE Rivers and Casey
Peterson from Gothenburg, Neb., were married at the
Church at Kaweah on Valentine’s Day. The love
match was made on eHarmony, a popular Internet matchmaking
February 20— The
state budget, amidst bitter political in-fighting,
was finally passed. The stumbling block was how to
close California’s $41 billion shortfall.
who runs around and says that this can be done without
raising taxes, I think, has not really looked at the
problem carefully, or has a math problem and has to
go back to Math 101,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
told media members.
NICK SIMONIAN, A FRESNO State grad student
from Three Rivers, demonstrated his prototype aircraft
invention at World Ag Expo. The miniature airplane,
powered by a special battery, weighs 3.5 pounds and
is equipped with a digital camera. Designed to assist
farmers in crop management, Nick said the sky is the
limit for his aircraft’s applications.
LOCAL SNOW PACK NUDGED upward to 80 percent.
February 27— New
owners Dane and Allison Millner purchased Sierra Subs
and Salads in Three Rivers.
want to eventually make some improvements, but for
now we’ll be just learning how things are done
here and what folks really want,” said Allison.
NOW THAT THE STATE budget was approved,
cuts were looming at Three Rivers Union School. The
amount was announced to be approximately $118,000
during the special meeting of the board of trustees
held February 25.
WARMER STORMS OF THE past week made for
greening environs around Three Rivers and sloppy snow
in the nearby mountains. The rainfall to date in Three
Rivers was 12.44 inches.
— MARCH —
March 6— A mature female
mountain lion was hit by an eastbound motorist on
Highway 198 near Slick Rock Recreation Area. The injured
animal was euthanized by a game warden from California
State Department of Fish and Game.
A RECENT BURGLARY HAD the residents of
South Fork Estates wary and on alert.
always see a rise in these kinds of thefts when there
is high unemployment or tough economic times like
we are seeing now,” said Sheriff Bill Wittman.
March 13— David
Lowe, 15, a Woodlake High School sophomore, was struck
by a westbound pickup truck when crossing the highway
in front of Three Rivers School. The victim received
only minor injuries. The official cause of the accident
was failure on the part of the driver to yield to
a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
ON MARCH 12, THE storage at Lake Kaweah
was 43,182 acre feet or just slightly less than 25
percent of capacity. Mean inflow was 367 cfs.
A LOCAL MERCHANT WAS a victim of credit
CITING THE STRUGGLING ECONOMY and the
need to spend more time with family, Johanna Kamansky
resigned as president of the Sequoia Foothills Chamber
March 20— David
Lee Ray and Richard Clark were arrested in connection
with the recent burglary in South Fork Estates. The
two men were taken into custody without incident on
March 14 and booked into the Tulare County main jail.
COUNTY WORKERS PUT THE finishing touches
on the new Cherokee Oaks Bridge. The project was completed
with Measure R funds.
A NEW EXHIBIT ENTITLED “Reflections
and Revelations: the Art of Adrian Green,” opened
at Discoveries West Gallery. Adrian Green, 84, offered
an impressive sampling of his life’s work that
reveals his own journey as an artist and his spiritual
quest to know the Earth Mother.
March 27— Thirteen high school
students from around the U.S. came to Three Rivers
as a part of an independent study program of the World
Class Kayak Academy. The school group was headquartered
at the Three Rivers Hideaway while they worked on
schoolwork and kayaked some awesome whitewater in
Sequoia National Park. The high school curriculum
is supervised through Alberton High School in Alberton,
Mont. The focus of the innovative program is on academics,
but kayaking helps each student find their passion.
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, A new one percent
sales and use tax would take effect. In county areas
the new tax boosted the rate to 8.75 percent.
— APRIL —
April 3— April 1 snow
pack came in at 78 percent for the Kaweah River drainage.
A 47-YEAR-OLD man, who died of congestive heart failure,
was found deceased in a Sierra Drive motel room. According
to Sheriff’s detectives, there were no signs
of foul play at the scene.
WORDING WAS FINALLY COMPLETED for the
omnibus Wilderness Act. President Obama signed the
bill on March 30.
LAKE KAWEAH STORAGE WAS 65,349 acre feet
or nearly 40 percent of capacity. Mean inflow was
April 10— The
studio and garage/shop of Roy and Lynne Bunt was destroyed
by a raging inferno on April 3. Division Chief Joe
Garcia, Tulare County Fire, said there were a number
of accelerants inside the shop on the ground floor
of the structure that caused the fire to spread faster
and burn hotter.
THE THREE RIVERS GOLF Course was temporarily
closed. A large gathering at the Three Rivers town
meeting listened to Lt. Mike Boudreaux give an overview
of the county’s LOCCUST program – an acronym
for Locating Organized Cannabis Cultivators Using
April 17— A 32-foot
RV lost its brakes on the steepest portion of the
Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park. The mishap,
which could have turned deadly, avoided any fatalities
by coming to rest along a steep embankment.
THE 36TH ANNUAL JAZZAFFAIR: the more
it, changes the more it stays the same. Pat Crain
was honored at the traditional jazz weekend kickoff
on Recognition Night. Pat had this to say about her
you keep your plate full helping others and keep your
sense of humor, it’s a full, happy life right
here in Three Rivers.”
April 24— The
River View Restaurant and Lounge, a popular local
eatery and watering hole, was burglarized in the early
morning hours of April 20. The owners reported that
nearly $6,000 was taken in the heist.
LAKE KAWEAH WAS NOW rising at nearly
two feet in elevation every 24 hours. The mean inflow
was 1,582 cfs; the storage was 97,236 acre feet, just
slightly more than one-half of capacity.
— MAY —
May 1— Sequoia Park rangers
stopped a suspicious looking vehicle on South Fork
Dr. that netted an arrest for a firearms violation.
know what’s going on this time of the year so
we are stepping up our traffic checks on all park
roads and in areas nearby,” said a law-enforcement
ranger. “In the past couple of weeks we’ve
made several stops in an ongoing effort to send a
message to these [marijuana] growers.”
AFTER CLOSING ON MARCH 31, the Three
Rivers Golf Course reopened on April 28.
LOCAL PARKS’ OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED
that they would be receiving more than $14 million
of President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package
to be used for various improvement projects.
May 8— Several
petty crimes were reported at Lake Kaweah including
a stolen vehicle that was torched and a construction
trailer and parked car that were both burglarized.
TOWN MEETING ATTENDEES HEARD updates
from a number of speakers including Deb Schweizer,
fire education specialist from Sequoia and Kings Canyon
National Parks. Schweizer said that the local parks
were planning 17 prescribed fire projects for the
upcoming season. She also introduced Kevin Hendricks,
the new chief ranger.
SUPERVISOR ALLEN ISHIDA SAID that an
Oak Preservation Plan was currently being drafted
by county planners.
COUNTY FIRE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED that
the local hazard-reduction burn season had concluded
as of May 1.
LAKE KAWEAH RECORDED A storage of 134,450
acre feet or slightly more than two-thirds of its
May 15— A near-drowning
on Mother’s Day underscored the extreme danger
of the river. This time, the unthinkable almost happened
again at the Edison swimming hole on Kaweah River
Drive. An eight year-old Visalia boy slipped
into the powerful current and was nearly swept away.
Fortunately, two river-savvy locals were nearby and
rescued the victim before he became another statistic.
ON MAY 13, THE first boater launched
from the new boat ramp at Slick Rock’s revamped
facilities. The area also features a new parking lot
and restrooms, as well as a year-round volunteer host.
KEVIN HENDRICKS, SEQUOIA PARK’S
new chief ranger, said he was serious about crime,
especially when it came to the ongoing war on marijuana
growers. While at parks like Lake Mead, Olympic, and
Yosemite he worked on various assignments that developed
the full complement of ranger skills.
May 21— First
Lady Michelle Obama delivered her first commencement
speech on May 16 to the first four-year graduating
class at California’s newest U.C. at Merced.
More than 12,000 students, guests and media from around
the nation and the world were in attendance at the
historic ceremony at the nation’s first major
research university of the 21st century.
LOCAL EMERGENCY WORKERS WERE busy with
a brush fire near Woodlake (May 18), a swift-water
rescue at Kaweah Park Resort (May 16), and a mysterious
death of a man at Sentinel Campground in Cedar Grove,
Kings Canyon National Park.
May 28— Local
campgrounds and recreation areas at Lake Kaweah were
filled with revelers throughout the Memorial Day weekend,
traditionally the start to the busy summer season.
LAKE KAWEAH WAS STEADILY filling to its
capacity; on May 26 it recorded a mean elevation of
714.35 and was expected to hit its high water mark
(715 feet) on Sunday, May 31.
A SPEEDING NORTH FORK motorist lost control
of his 2001 Lexus after he swerved to avoid an oncoming
vehicle. The 86-year-old driver then ran off the roadway
and had to be extricated from his vehicle.
A STUDENT TOSSED A blue-ice pack off
the Three Rivers-bound Woodlake High School bus. The
projectile struck the windshield of a 1992 Toyota
driven by a Three Rivers mom. No one was hurt but
the windshield cost $205 to replace.
— JUNE —
June 5— Several dozen
local residents, board members past and present, and
well-wishers gathered May 3 to mark the 100th anniversary
of the establishment of the Three Rivers Cemetery.
All of the original cemetery board members, that read
like a who’s-who of Three Rivers pioneers, have
their final resting places in Three Rivers Cemetery.
A THREE RIVERS MAN was nearly impaled
when a metal rod came flying up from the roadway and
lodged in his windshield. The man wasn’t hurt
but said it sounded like an explosion when it hit.
CONGRESS APPROVED A MEASURE to allow
people to carry loaded guns in national parks.
AN ALLEGED MARIJUANA GROWER was arrested
at a South Fork grow site.
June 12— An off-duty
paid-call firefighter from Exeter rescued three fishermen
whose boat had capsized shortly after dark on June
6 at Lake Kaweah.
always wondered what I would do if I ever found myself
in a life-or-death situation,” said Matt Bibey,
the local hero. “The adrenaline takes over and
you just do what you have to do.”
THE PREVIOUS WEEK’S HIGH winds
brought down trees and power lines on Pierce Drive
and several other locales around Three Rivers.
LORI ONTIVEROS, THREE RIVERS postmaster,
highlighted the monthly Town Meeting agenda. Ontiveros
updated the gathering on new postal products and services.
Contrary to what most folks think, the post office
is not subsidized. The level of service, she said,
is based upon local revenue.
June 26— The Three
Rivers Union School budget was approved for the 2009-2010
school year and included some anticipated cuts and
lots of belt-tightening. The projected budget called
for revenues of $1,171,665 with expenditures of $1,156,126.
HORSE CREEK CAMPGROUND AT Lake Kaweah
reopened after several weeks of being closed due to
A MYSTERIOUS FISH KILL was reported;
the culprit was suspected to be a virus that affects
carp, a prized food fish for some cultures in Europe
THE BLUE THONG SOCIETY, a woman’s
social club, made its debut in Three Rivers.
— JULY —
July 3— Details were made public
of a water dispute affecting Alta Acres users and
downstream users of Kaweah River water. The dispute
centers on a protest filed by a coalition of downstream
users challenging the right of the Alta Acres association
to pump any additional water out of the Kaweah River.
According to the vice president of the Alta Acres
association, local water users were caught off guard
by the protest and are seeking a negotiated settlement.
in Kaweah Country is going to be a big issue,”
CALIFORNIA’S BUDGET IMPASSE CONTINUED
to have fallout in almost every state office and program
that depends on state funds. State employees dealt
with layoffs and furloughs while taxpayers had to
deal with reduction in office hours and the decline
of essential services.
TOM SPARKS, A LOCAL activist in community
improvement, was appointed to an at-large position
on the 16-member Tulare County Assocation of Governments
THREE RIVERS RAINFALL OF 16.33 inches
translated to 82 percent of the 30-year norm.
July 10— The 802-acre
Hart prescribed continued to smolder and send some
intense smoke down the Kaweah Canyon and into Three
Rivers. One resident, who asked not to be identified,
said: “When air quality is already at or near
unhealthy levels it just doesn’t make sense
to light a prescribed burn.”
YOU HEARD OF JOE the Plumber, now Three
Rivers has Joe the Drummer, who can be seen around
town with his custom-made trailer that includes a
sound system and drum set.
love these canyon walls, the mountains and the river,
and being close to nature,” Joe said. “I’m
not interested in money or fame; I just want to play
my drums and maybe bring a smile to those I meet along
July 17— On July
9, members of the Three Rivers Historical Society
received a plaque from Steve Mendenhall, a meteorologist
at the National Weather Service’s Hanford station.
The presentation made official the role of the Three
Rivers Historical Museum as a weather collection station.
THE NARROW BRIDGE THAT spans the uppermost
crossing of the East Fork in Mineral King was deemed
unsafe on July 13 by structural engineers and ordered
closed. The closure had park maintenance workers scrambling
to effect a quick fix.
PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED HIS nomination
of Jon Jarvis to become director of the NPS. Jarvis
was currently serving as the director of the Pacific
July 24— Two Valley
teens drowned in the same pool of the Marble Fork
of the Kaweah River near Hospital Rock on consecutive
days (July 18 and 19).
would take one look at this water and say ‘no
way,’” said Jim Fansett, Three Rivers
resident deputy sheriff and swift water rescuer.
A MULTI-AGENCY TASK force was moving
northward in their efforts to target pot growers during
the 2009 season. After a highly successful 2008 campaign
in Tulare County, the majority of resources was being
concentrated in the Fresno County foothills in 2009.
LIGHTNING IGNITED FIVE FIRES in the local
national parks on the heels of a significant rainstorm.
Fire crews were keeping a close watch on a blaze dubbed
the Horse Fire near Hockett Meadow in the upper South
Fork drainage of Sequoia National Park.
July 31— Comfort
Inn was the victim of a 1:30 a.m. burglary on July
24. The loss was estimated at $450.
THE DAILY SUMMER RITUAL, Slicky being
overrun with swimmers, was in full-swing.
TEAK SURFING, BEING TOWED too close to
outboard motor emissions, was identified as a “silent
killer” to unsuspecting boaters.
— AUGUST —
August 7— The results of the
11th annual Best of Kaweah Country, the popular readers’
poll, were published. Among the big winners: Sierra
Subs and the Gateway, who both garnered awards in
six categories. Comfort Inn, which won best Family
Lodging, was featured in a front-page pictorial.
August 14— A 19-year-old
hiker from Southern California died August 10 from
injuries sustained while rock scrambling near the
Tokopah Falls trail.
A SERIES OF TRAFFIC accidents involving
visitors underscored how busy the local roads are
during the summer season with inexperienced mountain
SEVERAL POT PLANTATIONS BETWEEN Grant
Grove and Cedar Grove were targeted for eradication.
One site at 6,000 feet was at the highest elevation
that had been discovered to date.
August 21— Public
drunkenness was the reason Village Market employees
called 911, but the response time was so poor that
the menacing man left the scene before deputies could
arrive. Shortly thereafter, he totaled his vehicle
in a solo accident on Highway 198 near Horse Creek.
CRAIG AXTELL, SUPERINTENDENT OF Sequoia
and Kings Canyon National Parks since January 2006,
made his retirement official after working at six
duty stations during a career that started in 1976.
The retirement would become effective on October 2.
August 28— Sequoia
National Park rangers received reports of shots fired
by several employees of Crystal Cave. Law enforcement
officers conducted a sweep of the Crystal Cave area,
suspecting the gunfire might be related to clandestine
ANOTHER MATURE GIANT SEQUOIA tree was
toppled as a result of a prescribed fire near Crescent
protect the named trees from fire unless it is a safety
issue,” said Deb Schweizer, fire education specialist.
“Apparently, the tree in question was an unnamed
monarch that already had a structural weakness that
allowed fire to easily get in.”
— SEPTEMBER —
September 4— The gunfire that
was reported by Crystal Cave employees led park rangers
to the discovery of five marijuana grow sites in the
vicinity. As a result of the find, rangers eradicated
7,500 plants with an estimated street value of nearly
$3 million. The pot plantations, especially the compound
located in the drainage above the cave, was appalling
because chemicals and waste from the grow sites were
flowing via Yucca Creek through Crystal Cave. Park
scientists began immediately assessing the damage
and working on mitigation measures.
TEN YEARS AFTER, THE iconic British rockers,
took time out from their Heroes of Woodstock Tour
in August just long enough to play a mid-week date
at Orange Blossom Junction at Merryman Station. During
the past five years, the Orange Blossom has featured
some of the finest guitar players on the planet.
On Labor Day, a Pomona driver, who had traveled to
Sequoia Park from Hanford in a 40-foot motor home,
lost his brakes while descending the Generals Highway.
Fortunately, the driver had the presence of mind to
look for a place to crash and ran aground in a huge
hill of dirt. One female passenger riding in the back
of the RV was seriously injured and airlifted to a
Fresno hospital. To clear the accident scene, rangers
had to close the busy Generals Highway in both directions
for two hours.
LAKE KAWEAH APPROVED A horse camp with
a network of nearby trails. The new facilities were
expected to be open by the end of the month.
September 18— A
coalition of advocacy groups to place the legalization
of marijuana on the 2010 ballot was gathering signatures
across the state. The proponents reported that they
were encountering a groundswell of support.
DELAWARE NORTH COMPANIES PARKS and Resorts
(DNC) were one of three parks concessionaires to receive
2009 Environmental Achievement Awards from the NPS.
The awards were given for the company’s efforts
to devise new and more efficient ways of operating.
Someone broke into a shed at Kaweah Marina and made
off with more than $4,000 worth of tools.
been here 45 years and we’ve never had anything
like it,” Dale Mehrten said, who with his wife
Joy operates Kaweah Marina. “We’ve had
break-ins before but nothing like this one.”
A generator and compressor were the biggest
part of the loot.
THE EXETER MURALS WERE featured in a
special color section. The business community was
lauded for its ongoing economic development through
art and tourism.
— OCTOBER —
October 2— There was lots of
anticipation as Three Rivers geared up to celebrate
its first ever 1st Saturday. The event’s founder,
Nadi Spencer, noted Three Rivers artist, said the
event evolved out of her monthly art studio open house.
ON MONDAY, SEPT. 21, Cajun rocker and
slide guitarist Sonny Landreth brought his talented
trio to Orange Blossom Junction. In Sonny’s
honor, Chef George Quilty paired Landreth’s
amazing slide guitar show with a Cajun menu to rival
any of the Bayou’s best.
October 9— The
monthly Three Rivers Town Meeting returned on October
5 and featured several informative updates. Deb Schweizer,
fire education specialist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon
National Parks, introduced Jeff Bradybaugh, the new
AN INJURED MOUNT WHITNEY climber was
airlifted to a nearby hospital where he was treated
for severe trauma to the shoulder and back. The victim
admitted he was lucky to have survived the fall and
a brush with death.
NOAA SCIENTISTS ANNOUNCED THEY now had
sufficient data to officially pronounce the 2009-2010
precipitation season as an El Nino.
October 16— On
October 12 the first significant storm of the season
rolled through the Kaweah canyon dumping more than
two inches of rain in Three Rivers and more than a
foot of snow in the nearby mountains. The sudden deluge
caused a dramatic rise in the forks of the Kaweah
River; the highest water since a similar storm that
occurred on November 8, 2002.
THREE BACKPACKERS, WHO WERE reported
missing on October 12 after failing to return home
as expected, were found stranded on a flooded bank
along Roaring River near Cedar Grove. The trio tried
to take a shortcut when the storm hit but high water
had the hikers ledged out and unable to climb any
farther so they hunkered down and waited to be rescued.
TRUS HIRED ROB OJEDA as the new seventh-grade
teacher. The current enrollment was 157 at the K-8
October 23— At
the Sequoia-Foothills Chamber of Commerce mixer on
October 21 board members unveiled the group’s
new website. Featured prominently on the home page
is the chamber’s theme, “Discover, Explore,
A GOLDEN EAGLE DIED as a result of injuries
sustained after a collision with a vehicle near Lake
Kaweah. An examining vet determined the majestic male
golden was 10 years old and in its prime. X-rays revealed
the bird had a broken back and it had to be put down.
THREE BROTHERS WERE INDICTED for growing
pot near Dorst Campground in Sequoia National Park.
They were taken into custody at their Stockton residence.
LAKE KAWEAH STORAGE PEAKED earlier in
the week at just slightly above 30,000 acre feet.
That was more than three times as much water (9,516
acre feet) than was in the basin one day before the
October 30— A
search was continuing for a 73-year-old male hiker
who was missing on Mt. Whitney. The solo hiker, who
failed to return from a day hike to the summit of
Whitney, was reported missing by his wife. who was
staying in a nearby hotel in Lone Pine.
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON National Parks
were seeking input on the potential impacts of removing
trout from at least 84 high country lakes. As a part
of the multi-season project, park researchers have
targeted 15 percent of the area’s 560 lakes
for the non-native species removal to help restore
populations of the native yellow-legged frogs.
and December 2009 will be added soon...