Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
Today: Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 50 to 56 at 5000 feet... 43 to 51 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 27 to 37 at 5000 feet...17 to 27 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Highs 50 to 58 at 5000 feet...43 to 49 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
March 1 Snow Survey Results
Park staff have completed the March 1 snow surveys. The water content of the snowpack in both the Tuolumne drainage and the Merced drainage is is 20% of average. Nineteen out of twenty snow courses were sampled before the recent storm. (M. Fincher)
Lunchtime Yoga Thursdays
Join in every Thursday at 12 noon in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium for Lunchtime Yoga. The yoga practice is appropriate for all skill levels, and folks that have never done yoga before are encouraged to attend. 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.
For more information email Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you out there! (R. Kirtland)
Women's History Month - Jessie Benton Fremont, 1824–1902
Each week during the month of March, organizers of the Women’s Leadership Symposium highlight a famous woman from Yosemite's History. The Symposium will take place Tuesday, March 13th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Theater and Auditorium. For more information email Yose_RDI@nps.gov.
Did you know that the first effort to protect Yosemite from logging, overgrazing, development, and commercial wildlife trapping—even preceding the impassioned work of John Muir—was led in part by a woman named Jessie Fremont?
Jessie, the daughter of a powerful US senator, eloped with the lieutenant and explorer John C. Fremont, who was at the time charged with exploring the west. Jessie eloquently ghost-wrote many of her husband's findings for publication, and after moving out west in 1849, helped run his (unsuccessful) presidential campaign. After visiting Yosemite once in the 1850s, Jessie was struck by its incomparable beauty, and was moved to action to protect it from mounting developmental pressures of the time. Jessie began to form discussion groups in both Mariposa and the Bay Area, bringing together some of the greatest minds of the day. She hosted these writers, influencers, and photographers, and encouraged them to pressure Congress and take action in their personal lives to protect Yosemite, and eventually to support her, Galen Clark, and Senator John Conness in setting aside Yosemite to be protected forever. It is said that Jessie’s revolutionary will to speak out on injustices, in a time when women were not expected to be vocal on contentious issues, was instrumental in the eventual signing of the Yosemite Grant Act as well as in the formation of the women's suffrage movement. (E. Wold)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Work
Parking and road work is ramping up in Yosemite Valley. The first project is final paving at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area (west of Yosemite Lodge). Please direct vehicles to park at Yosemite Village or Half Dome Village as the Yosemite Falls parking lot will close. RVs may park along Stoneman Meadow or Half Dome Village. Commercial tour buses may continue to park at the Yosemite Falls parking area. Work at the Yosemite Falls Parking area is estimated to finish by the end of March. (L. Acree)
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)