Outdoors

July 16, 2014

Trail Mix: iCAN TRI Youth Triathlon on Sunday

Dozens of young athletes will participate in the third annual iCAN TRI Youth Triathlon on Sunday at the Clovis North Education Center.

The triathlon is open to participants aged 6 to 19.

This race is part of USA Triathlon Southwest Region Talent ID series.

Medals will be awarded to each participant crossing the finish line.

The event starts at 7 a.m. and different courses will be offered for each division.

Registrations can be purchased online for $60 until noon Friday at www.icantri.org.

Deer tag quota met in north Valley zone

Sportsmen wanting to hunt for deer in the D6 zone -- Merced, Mariposa Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties -- are out of luck if they haven't already purchased a deer tag.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that it has met its 6,000-tag quota. The CDFW reduced the quota from 10,000 tags.

Other zones are getting close to selling out. CDFW urges hunters to act early for the best possible chance to get a tag in the zone they want. For those hunters who did not apply for or receive a tag through the annual big-game drawing process, CDFW has provided a list of available deer tags at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/biggame/. The list is updated daily.

As a result of the Rim Fire, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service issued Rim Fire Closure Order 2014-01, which closed the burned area through Nov. 18, 2014. This closure encompasses approximately 175,000 acres of public and private land, including popular deer hunting locations in the D6 Zone such as Cherry Lake, Kibbie Ridge and Crocker Ridge in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties.

Dark Sky Festival next weekend

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will celebrate the night sky with its first ever Dark Sky Festival from July 25-27.

Constellation tours, night hikes, astronaut speakers and more highlight the three day festival. All festival activities are free, though entrance to the parks costs $20 per vehicle.

Schedule of events: www.sequoiahistory.org

Public wilderness meetings for parks

The National Park Service is hosting a public meeting in Visalia on July 28 and a webinar on Aug. 14 to discuss the wilderness stewardship plan and draft environmental impact statement for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

The plan discusses the future of undeveloped and natural wilderness areas of the parks will be used to "preserve wilderness character," the park said in a statement.

The Visalia meeting will run 6-9 p.m. and will begin with a 1-hour open house. The formal presentation will start at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Visalia Marriott Hotel at 300 South Court Street.

The webinar is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. Aug. 14. To register, go to www.yose.webex.com. The call-in number is (866) 919-3108 and the password is 470094.

You can view the wilderness stewardship plan online at parkplanning.nps.gov/sekiwild or by calling Nancy Hendricks, environmental protection specialist, at (559) 565-3102 for a CD or hard copy.

Firewood available by permit in Sequoia National Park

About 40 cords of surplus wood will be available for cutting and pick-up by the public in Sequoia National Park starting Monday.

Wood will be available for cutting with a permit on a first-come, first-served basis and until the wood is gone or snowfall prevents access to the Dorst wood yard (typically in mid-November).

Firewood permits must be purchased before wood can be cut and removed and may be obtained in person from Ranger Chris Trotter from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Lodgepole Visitor Center. The cost is $10 per cord with a limit of six cords per family per year. Permits are in effect for 30 days from date of purchase. Checks must be made payable to the "National Park Service."

Chainsaws with at least a 32-inch bar are recommended. The chainsaw needs to be equipped with a spark arrester, and exhaust systems need to be in good repair. If you bring a log splitter, it must be equipped with a spark arrester, the exhaust system needs to be in good repair and the trailer must be street-legal.

For more information, call (559) 565-4403.

Neon Night Run at Fresno Fairgrounds

When: 8 p.m. July 26

Where: The Big Fresno Fair, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno, 93702

Beat the heat with the Neon Night Run, a luminous 5K race through the Fresno Fairgrounds. Runners will start in waves beginning at 8:30 p.m. and following every 15 minutes. An "After Glow" party featuring music, dancing and a beer garden will follow the race until 10:30 p.m.

Cost is $65 for adults and $50 for children ages 11 to 13. Parking is $10.

Details: www.neonnightrun.com

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