Yosemite National Park Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 59 to 69 at 5000 feet...51 to 61 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Clear. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...27 to 37 at 8000 feet.

TomorrowSunny. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet...52 to 62 at 8000 feet.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Welcome The New Valley Utilities Supervisor

Facilities would like to welcome the new Valley Utilities Supervisor Jeff Hull, his beautiful wife Jamie and their kiddos Abby and Jason to our Utilities team. Jeff and family have just arrived from Oregon Caves and are excited about their new life adventure.  He can be contacted at 209-372-0560. (S. Gaynor)



Watch For Wildlife On The Roads

Resources Management and Science Division would like to remind people to drive the speed limit and watch for migrating wildlife this fall and winter. In addition to the myriad of species that use the local roads, there are a few species of special concern that RMS would like the Yosemite community to help keep safe.


The California red-legged frog is a federally endangered amphibian that has been recently introduced to Yosemite Valley. These frogs migrate from ponds and slack water to upland habitat during fall/winter rains. The red-legged frogs could be particularly vulnerable to car collisions around South Side Drive (between the El Cap crossover and Yellow Pine Campground), North Side Drive (between Half Dome Village and the Village Store), and in the Mirror Lake area.


The fisher is a small carnivorous mammal closely related the American marten. It is a candidate species for federal listing. This fall, for the first time in almost 100 years, a fisher was been spotted north of the Merced River. The fisher inhabits the area between Crane Flat and the Big Oak Flat Entrance station and could likely be crossing the Big Oak Flat Road regularly. This may be one of the only individuals in the northern region of the park.


Please also be on the lookout for the newly introduced Western pond turtle, a California Species of Special Concern. Turtles often migrate from river or slack water habitats to upland overwintering sites in the fall and winter. Please take extra caution in the Tenaya Creek/ Mirror lake corridor, as well as Southside drive in the vicinity of El Capitan meadow.


Please be extra careful while driving in the park to help protect these rare species. Thanks! (C. Kamoroff) 






Research Library Closure

The Research Library is closed from December 18, 2017 - January 2, 2018. Please contact the Museum or the Archives for assistance: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/collections.htm (V. Sanchez)



Employee Appreciation Holiday Celebration

This is a reminder that the 2017 Employee Appreciation Holiday Celebration will take place next Thursday, December 14th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Valley Auditorium. Please join us for this annual holiday gathering. Come share good food, greet old friends, meet new ones, and celebrate another great year at Yosemite!


This year's menu includes turkey, ham, a vegetarian entree, mashed and sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and apple compote. Thank you Yosemite Conservancy! 


We encourage you to bring your own plates and utensils in support of the park's Zero Landfill program! (But if you forget, we'll forgive you and provide eating tools!) (A. Kunz).


Zero Landfill Initiative has a FREE Gift for YOU!

Coming to the All-Employee Holiday Party on Thursday? Don't forget to bring your own plate, bowl, and cup. If you bring your own place setting, the Zero Landfill Initiative will give you your very own reusable set of bamboo utensils. (J. Bailey)






Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Construction
There will be one-way traffic control on Northside Dr. between Yosemite Village and the Lodge on Wednesday 12/13 to set sewer manholes. Steel plates will be placed over the manholes to protect the work while it cures. The contractor will remove the plates the following week.

Contractors are wrapping up work for their winter shutdown. The only work that will take place this winter will be re-constructing masonry headwalls, with local traffic control as needed. Masonry contractors will wrap up work in west Yosemite Valley and move to the Lodge area mid-week. (L. Acree)


Yosemite Valley Building Demolition

The abatement and demolition of the AAC Center began on Monday, November 6th and will continue through November 22nd, with the building demolition phase scheduled November 27th – December 18th. The accessible pedestrian pathway from the new Yosemite Village Day Use Parking Area to Yosemite Village (to the Village Store, Visitors Center, etc.) will not be blocked and will have chain link fencing on the interior side for visitor protection.  The site will be restored to a seasonal wetland in 2018.  (D. Miller)


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