Come learn about another commuting option in Yosemite! The Department of Transportation has partnered with Enterprise Ride share (Van Pool) as another vendor here in Yosemite.
If you are curious about mass transit commuting options let me know, I'll be available after the meeting to answer questions about how to obtain a TRANServe Card, YARTS mass transit options and Van pool transit options.
Thank you for your time, have a wonderful day! Look forward to seeing you at 10:00 AM in the Valley Auditorium today. (D.Buskeness)
Croaking Toad Lecture Series Today
"From 2-D photos to a 3-D world: Applications of 'Structure from Motion' photogrammetry in Yosemite National Park" by Nikita Avdievitch, 'Geoscientist-in-the-Parks' program
Photogrammetric techniques have existed for well over a century, allowing surveyors to extract quantitative geometric information from photographs. Recent advances in computing power have sparked an explosion in the power and possibilities of digital photogrammetry, or 'Structure from Motion'. Yosemite is a prime location for the collection and use of 3-dimensional data. With nothing more than a camera and a computer, 2-D images can reconstruct our world in 3-D, allowing for high-resolution change detection, archiving, topographic and geometric measurements, monitoring, preservation, and more.
The Croaking Toad Lecture will take place Thursday, February 15th, from 9 to 10 am in the El Portal Large Break Room. Please contact Greg Stock at 379-1420 for additional information. (G. Stock)
Please use Southside Dr via Sentinel Dr to exit the valley.
The only vehicles allowed to enter the Firefall Event Zone are:
Vehicles with a valid entry permit
Vehicles with an ADA placard
Oversize vehicles - vehicles over 20 feet in length including buses, recreational vehicles, and vehicles with trailers
NPS vehicles with a specific reason to enter the event zone
Save yourself some time and use Sentinel Dr to Southside Dr to exit the Valley. We will be turning vehicles around starting Wednesday.(J.Hoeflich)
You have the opportunity to sign up for free online wellness training with Rick Hanson. His courses are rooted in the latest scientific research on how the brain functions. Based on that understanding, these classes will teach you practical strategies for reducing stress, increasing resilience, and developing a strong general sense of well-being. The registration deadline is February 15th deadline.
Register by visiting: www.rickhanson.net/positive-neuroplasticity-training/ or www.thefoundationsofwellbeing.com
Select the Bundle: Positive Neuroplasticity + Professional Course
Use coupon code: YOSEMITEGUEST
Thanks to the Employee Safety and Wellness Committee for organizing this wellness training for all of you.(C.Jenkins)
Many employees and supervisors have a difficult time talking about sensitive issues that affect the workplace. Those difficulties can often lead to a workplace that avoids safe space conversations and/or critical conversations. The Allies for Inclusion training program educates participants on how to facilitate conversations dealing with unfamiliar or difficult subject matter.
The in person training March 27-29 at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. There is approximately 4-5 hours of pre-training.
To apply, we encourage you to fill out this google form:
Electronic or paper copies of the application will also be gladly accepted, you can find the application attached. Please return them to Sabrina Diaz.
Applications must be received by close of business on Tuesday, February 20th. Applicants will be informed of their selection by close of business on Friday, February 23rd at the latest.
What: Allies for Inclusion Facilitator's Training
Where: The Colonial Room at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Who: Any NPS employee as well as employees of partner organizations are welcome to apply
How: Discuss the requirements with your supervisor, and apply by the end of the day Friday, February 16th. Use this google form, or a paper or electronic application returned to Sabrina Diaz if needed (attached)
Any questions about the application process can be directed to Colette Carmouche (Colette_Carmouche@nps.gov) from the Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion. You can also contact trained facilitator Sally Kintner (Sally_Kintner@nps.gov) in the volunteer office with questions as well. (S.Diaz)
Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for February 14, 2018
New snow: 2 inches
Total settled snow depth: 10 inches (at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 56°F (February 8)
Low temperature: 5°F (February 14)
Ski Conditions and Weather: Last week held some of the best (and let’s hope not the last) ski touring of the season. Where there was snow on south-facing slopes, the meager corn harvest was on. On north facing slopes, the short days of winter have kept the powder cold and dry. To get to the high elevations, however, one has to contend with the ice flows that have formed on most of the trail corridors (wear ice cleats if you’re hiking at mid elevations).
Now that the windstorm has passed through, crampons and ice axes are advised in the alpine zone. We received two inches of new snow in Tuolumne Meadows, and approximately eight inches at Tioga Pass thanks to the upslope Mono Lake effect. With the forecasted colder temperatures, expect some challenging ski conditions in places. But, also expect some powder stashes on north, north-east facing aspects!
For those skiing the road corridor, conditions have also changed quite a bit from last week as the Tioga Road was snow free east of Tioga Pass prior to what fell or was blown by the wind the past few days. Between Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows the road is snow covered until 9,000 feet and then there are a few small patches of bare pavement. The same goes for a section east of Tenaya Lake and in the vicinity of Olmsted Point. The Snow Creek Trail to Tioga Road is mostly snow free as well. The snow conditions on the road vary with aspect from powder, to breakable crust to fast spring-like snow. Touring in Tuolumne Meadows is lovely.
Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: Please refer to the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) for the avalanche advisory for this part of the Sierra Nevada.
The avalanche hazard at the time of this writing has increased temporarily on leeward slopes where there may be sensitive pockets of wind slabs. “Slide for life conditions” will exist on many of the alpine slopes this week given the forecast.
Wildlife: A pine grosbeak was heard in upper Budd Creek this week. Although we don’t seem to pause enough to see or hear them more often, their call is quite distinctive. During this warm spell, we have already been hearing the mating songs of the mountain chickadee and brown creeper for a couple of weeks as well.
: here is firewood and 8 bunks that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no phone service in Tuolumne Meadows at this time. We can be
contacted regarding winter travel to Tuolumne Meadows via email, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol. Contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740 with any questions or concerns. Come prepared, and please make good decisions while traveling in the wilderness this winter. Follow our blog: https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/tmconditions.htm.
Happy Washington’s Birthday Weekend! Laura and Rob Pilewski - Tuolumne Winter Rangers (L. Pilewski)
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment - Yosemite News Release February 12, 2017
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (Bridalveil Fall EA). The public comment period for the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment is currently open and will be open until March 14, 2018. Yosemite National Park initiated public scoping and tribal and agency consultation for this project in spring 2017.
The Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment describes and analyzes two action alternatives to improve visitor services and facilities located near Bridalveil Fall. The preferred alternative (Alternative 3) would:
- Replace vault toilets with flush toilets at the Bridalveil Fall Parking Area
- Construct a new accessible loop trail from the Bridalveil Fall Parking Area to a viewing platform.
- Enhance the Bridalveil Fall Parking Area within its existing footprint to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.
- Expand the existing viewing platform for Bridalveil Fall
- Improve safety and traffic congestion along Bridalveil Straight along Southside Drive.
Yosemite is hosting a public meeting in Mariposa, California on February 28, 2018 to provide an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the Bridalveil Fall EA, interact with park staff, and ask questions about the project. This meeting will take place from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Mariposa County Government Center in the Board Chambers.
On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Yosemite National Park will host a public webinar about the Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation project from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. To view the webinar, visit: https://yose.webex.com.
The Bridalveil Fall EA is available for review and public comment. Public participation is an important element of the planning process and we welcome your comments. Please share your written comments by March 14, 2018 via one of the following methods:
2) By mail (must be date-stamped by March 14, 2018) to:
Superintendent, Yosemite National Park
Attn: Bridalveil Fall EA/Superintendent
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
The NPS will prepare a decision document after analysis of public comments and conclusion of agency consultation. This rehabilitation project implements an action prescribed in the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan. (S. Gediman