Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Today: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Not as cold. Highs 43 to 49 at 5000 feet...32 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the evening. Lows 23 to 33 at 5000 feet...11 to 21 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 44 to 50 at 5000 feet...34 to 39 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Yosemite Forum Today 3:30pm
Water and wildfires: How returning fire to mountain landscapes affects rivers, snowpack, and forest health"by Dr. Gabrielle Boisrame, Delta Stewardship Council & UC Berkeley
The Sierra Nevada mountains provide most of California's water. A century of fire suppression in this fire-adapted region has led to unnaturally dense forests, which can reduce streamflows and snowpack, as well as make forests more vulnerable to droughts. A combination of field measurements, aerial photos, and model results show how returning wildfires to the Illilouette Creek watershed in the Yosemite wilderness has increased forest health and benefited water supply.
The Forum will take place Tuesday, February 13, from 3:30 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium. Please contact Greg Stock at 379-1420 for additional information. (G. Stock)
Jon Youngblood's Retirement Today 2pm
Jon Youngblood is retiring! Come join in wishing Jon bon voyage as he retires (yet again) and heads back East to family and his next adventure! This event will take place Tuesday, February 13th at 2pm in the EP large break room. There will be light snacks and beverages provided. Additional contributions are welcome!! Please contact Rita McMurdy at 379-1123 with any questions. (C. DeShazer)
Administrative Camping Requests Due Today
The next camping on-sale date is Thursday, Feb 15, which will open up arrival dates from June 15 to July 14 to the public. Please get your administrative requests in via Sharepoint by COB Tuesday, Feb 13. Go to http://sharepoint.yose.nps.
Yosemite Medical Clinic Brief Closure Today
Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed Tuesday, February 13th from 11:45 AM until 1:15 PM to allow staff to attend the all-employee meeting at noon. As usual, ambulance response will be available by calling 911. (C. Griffin)
Training Offered Feb 15: Motivating and Recognizing Employees
As a part of the Learning and Development Management Team Group's Yosemite Supervisory Learning Framework, a free 2-hour workshop will be offered on Thursday, February 15th, 1-3pm, in the El Portal Large Break Room. The course will look at the varied employees who are motivated in the workplace, and options for recognition. If you are interested in participating, please sign up no later than noon on Wednesday, February 14th at https://docs.google.com/spr
Contact Heather Boothe with any questions at 372-0238. (H. Boothe)
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:
1) Online through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at https://parkplanning.nps.
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
Yosemite Medical Clinic Holiday Closure
Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed Monday, February 19 in observance of Washington’s Birthday, a federal holiday. As usual, ambulance response will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by calling 911. (C. Griffin)
Croaking Toad Lecture Series Thursday
"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)
Women’s Leadership Symposium: Inspiring Men and Women to Build a Stronger Yosemite
March 13, 2018 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Yosemite Valley Theater and Auditorium
Target Audience: All employees and VIP’s of Yosemite National Park. No sign up required.
Are you a woman who works in Yosemite? Are you a man who works with women in Yosemite? Then this symposium is for you! On Tuesday, March 13th, men and women from Yosemite NP will come together to explore gender equity issues in the National Park Service and to better understand how to build a stronger Yosemite together. Learn about best practices for developing innovative strategies that strengthen gender equity in the workplace and hear from inspiring women and men leaders in their journey to achieving new heights and supporting women leaders!
Presenters Needed! Organizers are currently in search of internal speakers who would be interested in leading a short presentation (10-30 minutes) that demonstrates leadership in the following areas: 1) Building strong gender equitable teams, 2) "Breaking the mold" on gender stereotypes, 3) Innovative practices that support women leaders, 4) Demonstrating a speak-up culture. It's understood that this might require individuals to step out of their comfort zone but sharing is a powerful way to learn from each other. If you are concerned about public speaking or developing a presentation don't worry, the Division of I&E will provide you with a public speaking coach to help you develop your presentation! To self nominate (or nominate someone else!) go to https://docs.google.com/for
For more information email Yose_RDI@nps.gov. (S. Diaz)
2 bed, 2 bath condo available in Bass Lake for $1,200 per month, available now. Corner unit, private patio, laundry in unit, gated community with pool. Easy commute to Yosemite's South Gate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org f
House for Rent in Mariposa
3 bedroom, 1 loft, 1 bathroom, kitchen, clothes washer. $2000.00/month (includes reasonable utilities), deposit negotiable. Available immediately. Please contact Thomas Ahern at email@example.com or 209-819-9664. (M. Zelaya)
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)