Yosemite National Park Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

 

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 31 to 37 at 5000 feet...20 to 26 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows 16 to 26 at 5000 feet...2 to 12 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs 33 to 39 at 5000 feet...22 to 30 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

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Yosemite National Park Announces the Opening Date for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias - Yosemite News Release February 15, 2018

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will Open at 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2018 

 

Yosemite National Park announces that the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public at 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2018.

 

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias has been closed since July 2015 to complete a landmark restoration project. In partnership with Yosemite Conservancy, the National Park Service has been working to improve natural hydrology, construct an ADA-accessible boardwalk, construct an improved welcome plaza, and improve the overall visitor experience.

 

This landmark project has been possible thanks to a strong public/private partnership between the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy. To learn more about the restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, please visit https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/restoration-mariposa-grove

 

To visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, visitors will park in a new 300-vehicle parking area at the South Entrance and hop on a free shuttle at the Welcome Plaza, which will transport you to the Lower Grove. More details and tips on how to plan your visit will be forthcoming. The Mariposa Grove remains closed for public safety due to ongoing construction work.  (J. Richards)

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Research Library Closure

The Research Library is closed until February 26th while Virginia Sanchez is away on Bereavement Leave. Please contact the Archives or the Museum for assistance by going to https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/collections.htm  (V. Sanchez)

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Facelift 2018 Planning Kick-off 

Do you have ideas for this year's Facelift? Please join an interdivisional team to get started planning for Yosemite Facelift 2018, which will be September 26-29! The planning team needs your:

- Ideas and willingness to lead special projects

- Special expertise in areas such as archaeology, climbing, road safety, waste disposal, event planning, etc

 

The first meeting this year will be Wednesday, February 28th, 2-4 pm in the El Portal Large Break Room. All are welcome even if you're just exploring possibilities.  (S. Kintner)

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Lunchtime Yoga in Yosemite Valley

You are invited to join us for 20-30 minute yoga practices every Thursday in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium beginning February 22nd at 12 noon. These yoga practices are appropriate for all skill levels, and folks that have never done yoga before are encouraged to attend. There will be practices by Yoga With Adriene, Yoga With Tim, and many more. These practices are free of charge and are hosted by the Yosemite Safety and Wellness Council.

 

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, work out sore or tight muscles, and recenter in the midst of stressful days. All you need to bring is a yoga mat or two (it's a hard floor) and comfortable clothes to move around in. If you do not have a yoga mat, a soft foam sleeping pad or a few towels are good substitutes.

 

If you have any questions, please email Ryan at ryan_kirtland@nps.gov. Hope to see you out there!  (R. Kirtland)

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Residential Debris Burning Reminder

Yosemite Fire Management would like to remind residents that residential debris pile burning is regulated by Superintendent's Compendiums for both Yosemite National Park and the El Portal Administrative Site, under 36 CFR 2.13 for Yosemite and 36 CFR 34.6(b) for E Portal. Both the park and El Portal have restrictions and requirements. Residential debris burning is not allowed in all areas. Please feel free to check out the compendiums at Share point, Protection, Shared Documents, Compendium.

 

- The burning of leaves, tree needles, conifer cones, and wet or green wood is prohibited except in residential areas for the purpose of clearing for a defensible space against wildfire in Wawona, Foresta, and Aspen Valley. Burning must be in compliance with local county residential burning regulations. (This does not include Yosemite Valley. Residential debris burning is not permitted in Yosemite Valley.)

 

- Burning is not permitted during the fire season (fire season starts and ends as declared by the Fire Management Officer and posted on the Yosemite National Park website).

 

- Burning is allowed only on permitted days as established by Mariposa County and the Air Resources Board. Call the Mariposa County burn day information line (966-1200) to check burn day status prior to burning.

 

- The individual or home owner must notify park dispatch to include the start and end times and location of activity.

 

- Maximum pile size is 4 feet in diameter.

 

- All flammable material and vegetation must be cleared within 10 feet of the outer edge of burn pile.

 

- An adult must remain in attendance with a shovel until the fire is dead out.

 

- Five gallons of water supply or a charged hose must be kept at the burning site.

 

- No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe. No burning shall be undertaken when wind speeds or gusts in excess of 5 MPH are present or forecast. (B. Spielman)

 

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

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)


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