Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Today: Mostly sunny. Not as cold. Highs 44 to 49 at 5000 feet... 34 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 30 to 36 at 5000 feet...20 to 26 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Highs 46 to 52 at 5000 feet... 35 to 41 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, south winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph over higher elevations.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Yosemite Archives Tours Today
The Yosemite Archives will be hosting tours on Wednesday, May 16th at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. If you would like to attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with one of those four time slots.
Highlights will include how to conduct research in the archives, an overview of what is in the collections, and some fun items which will be pulled out for those tour groups to view. (P. Rogers)
YARTS Information Meeting Today
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 email@example.com or
Scheduled Power Outage April 24 & 26
PG&E will be performing scheduled maintenance in the Wawona area. There will be 2 temporary short outages:
Tuesday April, 24th, 8:30am-9am
Thursday April 26th, 4pm-4:30pm
For more information contact Heather Gonzales, PG&E Outage Coordinator, at 726-5588. (K. Bablitch)
Lunchtime Yoga in Yosemite Valley
Join in every Wednesday at 12 noon in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium for lunchtime yoga. These yoga practices are appropriate for all skill levels, and folks that have never done yoga before are encouraged to attend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you out there! (R. Kirtland)
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 21, 2018 - News Release April 16, 2018
Public invited to celebrate Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, Park Rx Day, and John Muir’s Birthday in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park will be hosting an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in front of the Valley Visitor Center. All activities are free for all ages and entrance to the park is free on Saturday.
Join Park Rangers and our partners and learn how we are working to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources in Yosemite National Park. The park will also be celebrating National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, Park Rx Day, and John Muir’s Birthday.
Some of the day’s highlights include:
- Enjoy a fun and interactive musical performance with Ranger Kate
- Visit informative and interactive booths in Yosemite Village. Enjoy face painting and traditional tool demonstrations.
- Learn how you can reduce waste at the Yosemite Zero Landfill booth. Bring an empty single-use camp propane canister and trade it in for a refillable propane canister.
- Join a litter clean-up project at the Volunteers in Parks Booth
- Junior Rangers of all ages are welcome to explore the park on a special Ranger-guided Walk at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
- Connect with a Park Ranger and learn about bears and other wildlife that call Yosemite home.
- Visit the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center and share your love of Yosemite with an art project sponsored by Yosemite Conservancy
- Join a photo walk and explore Yosemite Valley through your camera’s lens with photographers from The Ansel Adams Gallery
- Experience how Shakespeare and Yosemite National Park come together through a free performance of UC Merced’s Shakespeare in Yosemite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For more information, visit https://www.ucmerced.edu/
- And much more!
The weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018 will be very busy in Yosemite National Park. Visitors planning to join us are encouraged to plan their trips in advance. Parking areas throughout the park are expected to fill early in the day.
Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Village Parking Area and at Half Dome Village. Visitors are encouraged to park and utilize the free park shuttle to get to the Yosemite Valley Village and Visitor Center.
Public transportation is a wonderful way to visit Yosemite Valley. YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) buses run multiple times daily and provide visitors with a safe and convenient way to visit the park. YARTS buses will be Free on April 21 and April 22, 2018. For more information, visit https://yarts.com/news/free-
For more information on Earth Day in Yosemite and helpful travel tips, visit the park’s website: www.nps.gov/yose (J. Richards)
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 April 24
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. Tuesday, April 24, 1-3:30pm, El Portal Large Break Room. Please RSVP to Heather Boothe so she has 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)
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/pl
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