Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Today: Snow in the afternoon, south winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Windy. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs 48 to 54 at 5000 feet...37 to 43 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 50 mph. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 75 mph.
Tonight: Snow. Rain after midnight, southwest winds around 25 mph after midnight. Windy. Snow accumulation up to 6 inches. Lows 25 to 35 at 5000 feet...16 to 24 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 45 mph. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 70 mph.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow showers, gusts up to 45 mph in the morning. Near the crest, chance of snow in the morning, then slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Windy. Highs 36 to 41 at 5000 feet...25 to 31 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to around 75 mph over higher elevations.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Secretary Zinke Announces Changes in National Park Service Leadership - National Park Service News Release January 24, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that he has selected Michael T. (Mike) Reynolds to be the superintendent of Yosemite National Park in California. He also named Paul Daniel (Dan) Smith the National Park Service’s acting director, replacing Reynolds, who has exercised the authority of NPS director since January 3, 2017.
Reynolds, a 31-year NPS veteran and a third-generation NPS employee, grew up in Yosemite and later returned to the park as a resource manager, planner and division chief.
Reynolds has served as the deputy director for operations of the NPS since 2016, and spent the majority of his tenure serving as NPS acting director. As Yosemite National Park superintendent he will oversee one of the nation’s oldest and most iconic national parks.
“Mike did an incredible job stewarding our parks through 2017,” said Secretary Zinke. “His leadership helping me combat sexual harassment and discrimination in the service as well as his big-thinking ideas to address the maintenance backlog is very much appreciated. I have all the trust in the world that Mike will bring his years of experience in field and in management to Yosemite."
“When I think about my family’s history in Yosemite, this feels like coming home—it’s an incredible honor that I take very seriously,” said Reynolds. “Times have changed since my grandparents served as 40-year concession employees in the park. However, we should still provide world-class service and experience to visitors in ways that sustain Yosemite into the next century. My focus will be on that, and on supporting our employees, repairing infrastructure and working closely with the communities and people around and associated with the park.”
Secretary Zinke announced Smith’s appointment to the position of NPS deputy director on January 9, 2018 and outlined his deep history of leadership across government and specifically with the National Park Service (News release).
“Dan has a strong record of leadership in the National Park Service both in Washington and on the front lines as a superintendent of a park that tells the stories of some of the most consequential moments in American history,” said Secretary Zinke. “I can think of no one better equipped to help lead our efforts to ensure that the National Park Service is on firm footing to preserve and protect the most spectacular places in the United States for future generations.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to return to Washington D.C., with the invaluable perspective from the field that I gained during my time as Superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park,” said Smith.
In the role of acting director, Smith will lead an agency with more than 20,000 employees, a nearly $3 billion budget, and 417 national parks. These national parks attract more than 300 million visitors every year who generate over $30 billion in economic benefit across the nation.
Reynolds will begin his assignment at Yosemite National Park in early March. Located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada in California, parts of Yosemite National Park were first protected in 1864 through legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Yosemite was established as a national park in 1890. Today the park covers more than 750,000 acres, and is home to granite peaks, domes and waterfalls that overlook broad meadows, wildflowers and groves of ancient giant sequoias. The park receives millions of visitors each year who are served by 1,200 NPS employees during summer months in addition to 1,700 hospitality employees who work at park lodges, restaurants and provide recreational activities such as skiing and horseback riding. (S. Gediman)
Volunteer Program Seeking Spring Break Projects
Do you have a spring project or deadline, and not enough staff or funds to complete it? Could you use a little help from college students? The Volunteer Office is getting more and more applications for groups of service-minded undergraduates who would like to offer their labor to the park, and we'd like to help you out! We can arrange camping, paperwork, and other logistics - you just provide the work and someone to lead it safely. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 379-1850 if you have ideas. (S. Kintner)
Research Library Closure
The Research Library is currently closed, and will reopen with regular hours on January 25th. (G. Cox)
You're invited to an employee dialogue! This event will take place Thursday, January 25th, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium. The topic will be the values of Courage and Diversity and any NPS employee, intern, or volunteer is welcome to join.
This is the first in a series of dialogues based around shared values identified by the Executive Leadership Team. Understanding how individuals define these values will help participants come to a better shared understanding of how they can help the park fulfill its mission.
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Art Center Demolition
The AAC demolition is completed except for the sand removal under the building. This will require a contract modification and so the project is on hold until the modification is completed by PWR, likely in late January - early February. Completion of the sand removal is expected by early February. (D. Miller)
Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project
This project will rehabilitate the electrical system in the Museum/District Building by installing grounding in the existing electrical circuits. The Contractor mobilized on Monday, December 18th and the project is expected to run for 6 months. The 8 parking stalls to the west of the building between the sidewalk on the south and the south end of the fence to the north will become the Contractor's staging areas. Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you. (K. White)