Tioga Pass Temporary Closure Today
The current forecast for Tioga Pass calls for snow Thursday
night. As a safety precaution, Tioga Road (which is the continuation of Hwy 120) will be closed by 5pm Thursday
evening. Rangers will reevaluate Friday morning. For up to date weather forecasts go to www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/weathermap.htm
and for current road conditions call 209-372-0200
(press 1, 1). (M. Roubal)
Greater Likelihood Of Rock Debris On Park Roads During Wet Weather
With wet winter weather just around the corner, drivers are reminded of the greater likelihood of encountering rock debris on park roads during wet weather. Although rockfalls are always possible along all park roadways, they tend to happen more often during winter storms. The area affected by the June 12, 2017 rockfall at Parkline Slab (downhill of Dog Rock) may be particularly prone to storm-triggered rockfalls, as there is abundant loose debris on the bedrock slope above the road that is likely to be mobilized by significant rainfall.
Those driving the El Portal Road should be especially vigilant for rock debris below Parkline Slab during or immediately after rainstorms, and be aware that road closures may occur in response to these storms.
If you encounter small rock debris on the road, drive through the area (do not stop within the debris) and promptly report it to Park Dispatch. Do not attempt to remove the debris yourself – leave that task to road crews equipped to do so safely. If you encounter large rock debris on the road, turn around and promptly report it to Park Dispatch. (G. Stock)
Inspections Next Week
B&G will be conducting fire alarm and extinguisher inspections in all permanent housing units next week. Please be on the look out for tags on your doors with a date of inspection. (S. Kincaid)
Increased Bear Activity
It's fall, and bears are searching for high calorie foods to pack on weight for winter hibernation. This time of year, there is usually an uptick in bear activity throughout the park, particularly in Yosemite Valley and El Portal. There have also been reports of bears at Foresta and Crane Flat this past week. This is a common time of year for bears to start entering homes through open windows or doors in search of food.
Please help protect bears from learning these destructive, and often lethal, behaviors.
- Keep your windows and doors closed when you're away or asleep- particularly in and around the kitchen.
- Clean up attractants outside your home so that bears aren't tempted to linger in neighborhoods. This means picking the remaining fruit from your fruit trees, cleaning up any recycling left outside, and feeding your pets indoors.
- Please keep pumpkins inside until Halloween, and bring them in after trick or treating ends on Halloween night. Bears in the park have eaten pumpkins on people's porches! Also remember not to leave a bowl of candy on your porch - you may get a real bear instead of a costumed one.
- Keep vehicles clean of all food, drinks, toiletries, trash, and recycling.
- Always clip dumpsters.
Everyone's efforts are appreciated. It takes the whole community to help keep Yosemite's bears wild. (C. Lee-Roney)
Yosemite National Park Implements Road and Campground Improvements - Yosemite News Release October 18, 2017
Improvements underway along Northside Drive and Camp 4 Campground
Yosemite National Park is working to implement several roadway and campground improvements within Yosemite Valley. Extensive work is being conducted on Northside Drive, the road leading from Yosemite Village to Yosemite Falls and toward the park exits. Significant work is also being conducted at Camp 4, a popular campground in Yosemite Valley. The current work is expected to be completed by this winter , and compliments the work that was completed earlier this summer.
On Northside Drive, work is being done to repave the road and add curbing for safety and resource protection. Work is also being done to realign portions of the road and do some sewer and utility work. The work on this portion of the road is in addition to work completed earlier this year which included a total redesign of the Yosemite Village Parking Area (formerly known as Camp 6), installation of a roundabout, and the repaving of the road from Stoneman Bridge to Yosemite Village. The total cost of the roadwork is approximately $14 million, coming from Federal Highways Administration, and the Recreational Fee Program.
In addition to the benefits of improving traffic flow and delineating visitor parking, the road projects include 1.7 acres of wetland restoration in an ecologically important and sensitive area of Yosemite Valley. The work is part of the implementation of the Merced River Plan, finalized in 2014, which directs actions that protect the Merced River (a federally designated Wild & Scenic River) and enhances the visitor experience.
Concurrently, significant work is being conducted in and around Camp 4, a popular walk-in campground in Yosemite Valley. Currently, the parking lot is being expanded, bringing the capacity to 130 vehicles. Either later this fall or in Spring, 2018 , 25 campsites are being added (each site can accommodate 6 people) which will bring the total to 57 campsites. A new comfort station is also being constructed in which showers will be included. This will be the first park campground that will provide shower facilities for people staying in the campground . The total cost of the campground project is approximately $2 million (funded by the Recreational Fee Program) and is expected to be completed in 2018.
All roads within Yosemite Valley and Camp 4 remain open during the construction. There are some lane closures and traffic delays associated with the ongoing work. There will be no active construction in the winter, and projects will resume in Spring 2018. (S. Gediman)
Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier - Yosemite News Release October 18, 2017
Member of U.S. Navy last seen in park on May 3, 2017
Yosemite National Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Alexander Joseph Sevier, a visitor who was last seen in Yosemite Valley on May 3, 2017. Sevier, a member of the U.S. Navy was staying in Housekeeping Camp and was witnessed going out on day hikes each day during his visit. When he was reported missing, Park Rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search looking for him. The search has been ongoing.
At the end of August, human remains were discovered near the banks of the Merced River below Vernal Fall. The remains were sent out for DNA testing, and were confirmed to be the remains of Sevier.
Sevier's family has been notified.
Yosemite National Park worked with several agencies during the investigation and would like to acknowledge and thank the National Park Service Special Agents, the United States Navy, Special Agents from the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), Mariposa County Sheriffs Office,.the California Highway Patrol, YODOGS (trained search dogs), and Forensic Specialists from the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services.for their assistance during the search and investigation. (S. Gediman)