What the Snowpack Means for the Wilderness

Across the Sierra Nevada mountains snow surveys were conducted by both private and government personnel last week. The results show the state is around 25% of normal for the year. With so little snow residents of the valley are concerned for water conditions and needs this summer. However, what does it mean for the Golden Trout Wilderness?

If the snow pack doesn’t change, this means access to the wilderness could come early. While this may not be a bad thing for a lot of recreationalist, it is a bad thing for later in the season. Creeks that may normally dry out near the end of summer could dry up earlier. Vegetation could dry sooner which increases the potential for wildfires with so much dry “fuel” on the ground. However, there is still two months left and a lot could happen by the summer season.

April 1st is the big survey day for the state. Two more months could bring in all the snow the state needs. Everyone will just have to wait and see what the next couple of months brings. It is possible, but less likely, there could be a snow storm over Memorial Day weekend like it did several years ago.

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