Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Monday, April 16th, 2018
Today: Showers in the morning, west winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Snow showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Very windy. Colder. Snow accumulation up to 5 inches. Highs 34 to 40 at 5000 feet...25 to 31 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, southwest winds 35 to 45 mph in the morning shifting to the west 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 70 mph over higher elevations.
Tonight: Snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight. Colder. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 12 inches. Lows 19 to 29 at 5000 feet...7 to 15 at 8000 feet. West winds around 25 mph over higher elevations. Gusts up to 45 mph in the evening.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 43 to 49 at 5000 feet...36 to 42 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Yosemite Medical Clinic Closed Thursday Afternoon
Yosemite Medical Clinic will be closed from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th so that provider staff can attend essential training. As usual, ambulance service will be available by calling 911.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the clinic at 372-4637. (C. Griffin)
Annual Fireline Safety Refresher Trainings: Multiple Dates
It's that time of year again to maintain your currency as a wildland firefighter by signing up for one of the annual fireline safety refreshers being offered throughout the Park. These wildland fire refreshers are intended to provide participants the opportunity to maintain currency as a wildland firefighter and are required annually. Each refresher will be limited to 20 people so sign up soon. Dates include April 24th, April 27th, May 3rd, May 9th, May 16th, June 4th, and June 19th in various locations.
Please sign up using the following Google Sheet: https://goo.gl/gYhn1y
For more information contact Parker Bevington at 375-9515. (J. Peach)
2019 YC Grant Proposal Writers Workshop
Join Heather Boothe and Schuyler Greenleaf for an eye-opening and fun(d) exploration of the YC grant process. Secrets revealed! Baked goods provided! Grant Success chances improved! All are welcome, though priority will go to grant authors whose exec summaries have been approved for 2019 grants. Please RSVP to Heather Boothe so they have an idea how many to expect. (H. Boothe)
Caltrans Construction Update For SR 49 and Surrounding Area
Caltrans advises that damage to State Routes (SR) 49 and 132, sustained after heavy rains on March 22nd, resulted in long term closures. SR 49 is closed for 36 miles between SR 120 and Bear Valley Road. SR 132 is closed for one half mile between Granite Springs and Piney Creek Roads. Completion dates are unknown at this time. Additionally, a Caltrans contractor has begun repaving 34 miles of SR 108 and SR 120 in Tuolumne County. Work began on April 2nd and is expected to continue into October. Motorists can expect lane closures and one-way traffic control, with flaggers and 10-minute delays. (J. Donovan)
YARTS Information Meetings
Exciting news! YARTS is a vendor for the Mass Transit for Yosemite Employees and they will be in the Park next week! YARTS would like to share new changes that will benefit current and new riders. YARTS transit managers will be present to summarize service schedule changes that begin on May 15th. These meetings aren't just for current riders. If you are currently using mass transit, or are interested in possibly participating in mass transit to commute to and from work, please join in on:
Tuesday, April 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM in El Portal Large Break Room
Wednesday, April 18, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM in Yosemite Valley Auditorium
As a Federal Employee, if you participate in mass transit to commute from home to work, work to home you are eligible to receive a Federal Subsidy Benefit (TRANServe) to use towards your transit costs. This would cover the whole cost or a portion of your transit costs. If you are interested in becoming a TRANServe Participant, please contact your Local Transit Coordinator Denise Buskeness at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yosemite National Park Changes Entrance Fee to Address Infrastructure Needs & Improve Visitor Experience - News Release April 13, 2018
The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that Yosemite National Park will modify its entrance fees beginning June 2018 to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs that enhance the visitor experience. Effective June 2018 the park entrance fee will be $35 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. An annual park pass will cost $70.
The NPS last October proposed a plan to adopt seasonal pricing at Yosemite and 16 other national parks to raise additional revenue for infrastructure and maintenance needs. The fee structure announced today addresses many concerns and ideas provided by the public on how best to address fee revenue for parks.
Revenue from entrance fees remains in the National Park Service and helps ensure a quality experience for all who visit. Here in Yosemite National Park, 80 percent of entrance fees stay in the park and are devoted to spending that supports the visitor. We share the other 20 percent of entry fee income with other national parks for their projects.
“Your recreation fee dollars support critical programs and services that directly benefit visitors to Yosemite National Park,” stated Yosemite Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “Visitors to Yosemite deserve to experience world class campgrounds and other facilities in a world class park. This fee increase will help the park address many important maintenance and infrastructure needs.”
The additional revenue from entrance fees at Yosemite National Park will help the park update aging restrooms and water treatment plants, support restoration needs at Bridalveil Fall, address maintenance needs in the Upper and Lower Pines Campgrounds, improve hiking trails, and improve visitor parking areas.
National parks have experienced record breaking visitation, with more than 1.5 billion visitors in the last five years. Throughout the country, the combination of aging infrastructure and increased visitation affects park roads, bridges, buildings, campgrounds, water systems, bathrooms, and other facilities. Maintenance deferred on these facilities amounts to $11.6 billion nationwide backlog.
Entrance fees collected by the National Park Service totaled $199.9 million in Fiscal Year 2016. The NPS estimates that once fully implemented, the new fee structure will increase annual entrance fee revenue by about $60 million.
Yosemite National Park has had an entrance fee since 1913. The current rate of $30 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle has been in effect since 2015. The park is one of 117 in the National Park System that charges an entrance fee. The remaining 300 sites are free to enter.
The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80.
For more information go to https://www.nps.gov/yose/
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Northside Drive Traffic Pilot Beginning April 13th
Beginning late Friday morning, April 13th, Northside Drive will be reconfigured as a one-way two lane road at the Lower Falls intersection for westbound traffic. Traffic from Camp 4 and the Yosemite Falls Parking area will use Lodge Drive to head back to the Lower Falls intersection. There a right turn heads east on Northside Drive toward Yosemite Village. As a reminder, Lodge Drive is signed with a speed limit of 15 MPH. The goal of this pilot is to improve pedestrian safety and the overall efficiency of the Lower Falls intersection. (J. Hoeflich)
Glacier Point Road
Road crews have begun snow removal operations on the Glacier Point Road beyond Badger Pass. The gate at Chinquapin is now closed and locked. There is no public access. Administrative Access will be authorized only between Chinquapin and Badger. Recreational activities such as bicycling will not be allowed on the road during this time. (E. Scott)
Yosemite Valley Parking and Road Work
Final paving on Northside Drive between Bank 3-Way (Sentinel Dr.) and Camp 4 is scheduled for April 16th through April 18th. The park plans to close this road segment and enact temporary 2-way detours on Northside Dr. and Southside Dr. to complete paving within this time frame. Visitors may park at the Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Village parking lots. Contractors will begin paving the Yosemite Falls and Camp 4 Parking Areas on 4/19, after they complete work on Northside Dr. They will open selected parking bays at the Yosemite Falls parking area when paving the Camp 4 parking area and vice versa. (L. Acree)
El Portal Road Delays Update 3/28
Crews have re-mobilized to finish working on the storm damage repairs from last year. Delays will continue up to Memorial Day weekend. Crews will be working on the El Portal Road between the western Park boundary (Yosemite View Lodge) and the Big Oak Flat Intersection. There will be single lane traffic control with flaggers and pilot car operations, so please use caution when traveling thru the construction zone. This work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend. The following delays should be anticipated while traveling the El Portal Road between the western park boundary and the Big Oak Flat Intersection:
Monday thru Friday
6am to 8am – Traffic delays up to 15 minutes
8am to 3:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 30 minutes
3:30pm to 5:30pm -- Traffic delays up to 15 minutes (M. Pieper)
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. (K. White)