Yosemite National Park Tuesday March 28th, 2017

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday March 28th, 2017
 
Today: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 54 to 64 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, north winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph over higher elevations.
TonightMostly clear. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...27 to 37 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 60 to 70 at 5000 feet... 52 to 62 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Croaking Toad Lecture Wednesday, April 58-9AM
"Wildlife of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area" by Donatus Gadiye, Wildlife Biologist, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
 
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) in Tanzania is a unique protected area where conservation of wildlife – including several threatened and endangered species – is balanced with the interests of indigenous residents.  NCA is a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a sister park of Yosemite.  Join NCA wildlife biologist Donatus Gadiye for a presentation on this amazing area and the wildlife that inhabit it.
 
This lecture will take place in the El Portal Large Break Room on Wednesday, April 5, from 8-9 am.  Please contact Mitzi Thornley at 379-1060 with any questions.  (G. Stock)
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Tenaya Way Closed 3/28-4/14
Tenaya way, between the Courthouse and Valley Electric Substation in Yosemite Valley, will be closed from March 28th to April 4th to all vehicle traffic. Courthouse vehicle access and parking will not be affected. This closure is necessary to stage equipment for the upcoming power outage in Yosemite Valley. For more information call Josiah Brown, High Voltage Shop Supervisor at 379-1236.  (J. Brown)
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Yosemite National Park Developmental Opportunity - Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028- 9/11 Deadline Extended to March 31
Opening Date: March 20, 2017   Closing Date: March 31, 2017   EOD:  April 
 
Brief Description of Development Opportunity:  
- Provide guidance to staff at all levels on environmental laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines applicable to project planning and analysis.
- Work cooperatively with subject matter experts and project managers, identifying compliance needs for park projects and plans (e.g. programmatic planning, site design, building rehabilitation).
- Work with project managers and staff to determine the relevancy, nature, and scope of additional information required to minimize impacts.
- Assist in the development of alternatives and evaluating impacts of proposed projects and planning actions.
- Manage contracts for compliance-related work (e.g., environmental impact statements)
- Prepare environmental documents that adequately address project impacts.
 
Experience for this position is defined as:  The applicants work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the work of the position, or duties assigned, as follows:  1) Have knowledge of Federal, State, or tribal laws, policies and regulations as they relate to NEPA. 2)  Prepare, manage and review NEPA documents. 3) Review environmental documents. 4) Provide compliance project management. 5) Communicate and collaborate with park staff, external agencies, partners, tribes, and the public.
 
To Apply:  If you are interested in this developmental assignment, you must discuss this opportunity with your first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from your Manager prior to applying. Once approval is gained, you should submit:
1. A resume detailing your work history, educational background, and any special qualifications.
2. Your most current SF-50 reflecting your tenure and grade level
3. An approval email message from your first-line supervisor
 
Submit your application materials electronically to Human Resources at:  Cyndi_Mattiuzzi@nps.gov.  Please include “Environmental Protection Specialist GS-9/11” in the subject line of the message.
 
For further information regarding this detail opportunity, please contact Madelyn Ruffner at 209-379-1226.  (C. Mattiuzzi)
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Yosemite Conservancy Provides $12 Million to Yosemite National Park - Yosemite National Park/Yosemite Conservancy News Release March 27, 2017
Funding for Converting a Historic Road Into a New Trail to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Restoring Bee, Butterfly and Hummingbird Habitat, and Studying Species in the Newest Area of the Park Are Among 34 Grants Made in 2017 
 
Yosemite National Park, March 27, 2017 – Yosemite Conservancy is providing $12 million in support to Yosemite National Park for 34 projects in 2017 including building a new trail to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias along a historic stage-coach route, restoring bee, butterfly and hummingbird habitat, and studying species in Ackerson Meadow, the newest area of the park.
 
“Incredible work is being done in Yosemite to protect habitat and wildlife and to make it an even better experience for visitors through our successful partnership with Yosemite National Park,” said Frank Dean, Yosemite Conservancy president. “Gifts from Yosemite Conservancy donors make this important work possible.” In recent years, the Conservancy has funded 570 completed projects with more than $113 million in grants. 
 
“Yosemite Conservancy’s generous support provides ways for us to protect and learn more about the park’s natural environment so we can be even better stewards of this national treasure,” said Yosemite National Park Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins. 
 
In 2017, funding is going toward a variety of grants. One grant is funding a new trail to be built from the park’s South Entrance to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Crews will begin converting remnants of the historic Washburn Road, which was built in 1879 as a stage-coach route from Wawona to the Grove, into a trail by building creek-crossing bridges, constructing a new picnic area and repairing walls made by 19th-century Chinese laborers. The new trail is scheduled to open in 2018. Funding for the trail is in addition to the $20 million provided by Conservancy donors as part of a $40 million project to restore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Yosemite National Park is providing $20 million in support for the restoration project. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is expected to reopen to the public this fall.
 
Among the research projects funded is a study of Monarch butterflies, one of the most prolific international migratory animals, and now a candidate for the Endangered Species List, and other pollinators to help determine why their numbers are declining. Funding also will restore bee, hummingbird, butterfly and other pollinators’ meadow habitat in the park that is losing ground to invasive grasses, meadow fragmentation and other factors. Yosemite is a refuge for pollinators, which play an essential role in healthy ecosystems but are experiencing worldwide declines due to habitat loss. As part of a multi-year project, scientists will release more Western pond turtles and red-legged frogs in Yosemite Valley and additional yellow-legged frog populations at alpine lakes to aid efforts to restore those species. Another grant will study species like the great gray owl and willow flycatcher in 400-acre Ackerson Meadow, which became part of Yosemite in 2016 with major support by Yosemite Conservancy donors. 
 
The Conservancy’s arts, cultural and theater programs forge deeper connections with park visitors of all ages to create lasting memories and encourage life-long stewardship. Dozens of accomplished artists teach Yosemite Conservancy’s art workshops. Yosemite Theater performances at the Valley Visitor Center entertain and educate visitors from around the world. Sales from Conservancy bookstores, which sell items like trail maps and educational books and videos, are poured back into Yosemite. At park Wilderness Centers, Conservancy staff provides bear canister rentals and backcountry permits. Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventure programs are a unique way to see, learn about and experience the park, and inspire people to care for one of the world’s natural treasures.
 
Learn more at yosemiteconservancy.org or call 1-415-434-1782.  (S. Gediman)
 
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RECENT NEWS 
 
Save The Date: YEA Spring Fling Saturday, April 29
Mark your calendars for Yosemite Employee Association's annual Spring Fling 2017 on Saturday, April 29th. This is an all day event beginning with the annual Spring Fling Run-off to kick things off in the morning. Don't miss the local craft and food vendors and live music all day long! Admission fee (starting at 5pm) is $10 members/$20 non-members. 
 
Volunteers Needed - Please email yea4us@gmail.com if you're interested in helping out. Shifts include set up, clean up, waste management, door, and stage hands. 
- Full time volunteers: Help with set up or clean up shift, in addition to at least one shift during the event. Perks include free admission to the event and two beverage tickets.
- Part time volunteers: Help with at least 1-2 shifts during the event. Perks include half off admission and two beverage tickets.
- Bar tending shifts are paired with either a clean up or another shift during the event.
 
For more information, check out www.yeaforus.com or join the YEA! Facebook group. (M. Patton)
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Bear Dance Ceremony in the Village of Ahwahnee, Saturday April 1 to Sunday April 2
The Spring Bear Dance Ceremony will be held this Saturday and Sunday April 1st and 2nd at the Village of Ahwahnee behind the Valley Visitor Center. Please refrain from parking on either side of Village Drive near the cemetery or near the valley gas pumps/AT&T building from Friday evening through Sunday to facilitate parking for the event.  (J. Hoeflich)
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Mist Trail Open
The Mist Trail is now open. The John Muir Trail from Clark Point to the Panoramic Trail Junction remains closed.  (J. Hoeflich)
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2018 Yosemite Conservancy Grants: Executive Summaries due March 31
The 2018 YC grant application process is underway. The first step is submission of an executive summary of each proposed project to the appropriate Division Chief for a preliminary review. The Division Chiefs then give a thumbs up or down to write a full grant application. Executive summaries are due March 31.
 
The intent of this step is to reduce redundancy, improve cross-divisional collaboration, and reduce overall work for project managers and reviewers if a particular proposed project is not viable.
 
Guidance on the grant application timeline and the executive summary will be sent out via an all-employee email, and can be found at U:\Yosemite Conservancy Proposals\2018 or on SharePoint underneath the Superintendent tab, then Yosemite Conservancy page. Liaisons, please share this information with NPS partners. For questions, please contact the Acting Yosemite Conservancy Grants Liaison, Heather Boothe at 209-372-0238 or heather_boothe@nps.gov.  (H. Boothe)
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Volunteers-in-Parks Supervisor Training Application Deadline March 31
Please remember to submit your application by March 31 for the How to Succeed with Volunteers-in-Parks training offered April 26 and 27 in El Portal. The course will cover logistical and philosophical aspects of volunteer management. Forms can be found at  http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/Intp/vip/Lists/Announcements/Attachments/53/2017%20YOSE%20VIP%20Supervisor%20Workshop%20Announcement%20and%20Nomination.docx. For more information email yose_volunteers@nps.gov.  (S. Kintner)
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Basic 32 Date Changes
There will be a change to the dates of the Wildland Fire Basic 32. The class will now be held during the week of June 5th-9th. The application form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/wCRKSapDYuimVqYo2. If interested, please input your information as soon as possible so coordinators can then get the roster going and send out a final blanket email on the location and any specifics. The organizers understand this may cause some folks to not be able to attend but they hope to build off the success of last year's class and have another full and exciting week of training. For more information contact Russell at 372-4773.  (R. Mitchell)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 

El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1

Mar 27 to Mar 31: Contractor will complete sewerline installation on Rail Rd (north of Motor Inn Cabins). Bypass system pump will operate Monday through Friday (24/7). Construction Hours: M-F 9:00AM – 5:30PMTraffic Control is not expected this week. Pedestrian Detours: The stairs behind Nature Bridge will be closed for the duration of the project. Please observe pedestrian detour signs. Additional information available at the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office, El Portal Market, and the Project Office Trailer (parking lot west of Nature Bridge). For any questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Richards at jamie_richards@nps.gov. (Y. Lugo)

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Sentinel Drive One Way For Spring Construction
Sentinel Drive is now configured as a one way road from Southside Drive to Northside Drive. Direction of travel will be from south to north. Access to Half Dome Village from Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge will be via El Cap Cross. This configuration will likely be in place until the Friday before Memorial Day. An updated detour map is available at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/roadwork.htm.  (L. Acree)
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Emergency Services Complex
Construction continues. Insulation is nearly complete and wall and ceiling finishes are being applied; electrical and telecom cables are being pulled; mechanical control systems are being installed. Siding and roofing is being installed as weather allows. Completion is expected in the spring.  (K. White)
 
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ACTING DESIGNATIONS
 
Heather Boothe will be acting Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and Yosemite Conservancy Liaison until May 15. She can be reached at 372-0238.
 
Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until May 15. She can be reached at 379-1850.
 
Kristin Kirschner will be acting SAR Coordinator until mid June.  She can be reached at 372-0216. 
 
Scott Carpenter will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1314 or 379-1060.
 
Josh Keyes will be acting Utilities Branch Chief until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1077.
 
Sheri Ogden will be acting Division Chief of BRM until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0316.
 
Ron Gaunt will be acting Division Chief of Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1027.
 
Sabrina Diaz will be acting Division Chief of Interpretation & Education until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0291 or 347-0113.
 
R. Brad Lewis will be acting Branch Chief of Design and Construction for Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1006.
 
Garrett Dickman will be acting Park Botanist until further notice. He can be reached at 379-3282.
 
John Barton will be acting Wawona Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 375-9510 or john_barton@nps.gov
 
Shawn Zumbrunnen will be acting Valley Utilities Supervisor until further notice. He can be reached at 372-0560 or shawn_zumbrunnen@nps.gov
 
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