Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, May 4th, 2018
Today: Sunny, warmer. Highs 69 to 75 at 5000 feet...58 to 66 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 42 to 52 at 5000 feet...32 to 42 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs 71 to 77 at 5000 feet...60 to 68 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Library Photo Collections Inaccessible
Half of the Research Library's historic photocards collection in the is currently offsite and unavailable for use. The archivists are in the midst of digitizing and uploading these to the NPGallery website, which is expected to be accessible to everyone on or before July 31st, 2018. Further plans are in place to finish scanning the remainder of the library photocards next year. For more information contact the Museum Branch (Archives, Research Library or Museum staff). (P. Rogers)
Yosemite Valley Parking And Roads
There will be limited parking available at all times at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area or the Camp 4 Parking Area between April 29th and May 8th for at least 55 vehicles. Tour bus parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls parking area at all times (22 buses total).
Northside Drive will close for striping on one day, Tuesday, May 8th, between Yosemite Village and Camp 4 requiring two-way configuration on the Valley Loop Road. This will be the end of the major road work on the Valley Loop Road and Parking Project, which began with construction of the Yosemite Falls Parking Area and reconstruction of the Yosemite Village Parking Area. Construction of the comfort station at the Yosemite Village Parking lot, wayfinding, interpretation, landscaping, and fencing work will continue. (L. Acree)
The Arch Rock Traffic Metering Pilot And Bypass: What To Expect
Yosemite's newest pilot program to address traffic congestion at Arch Rock Entrance will continue on Saturdays only throughout the month of May. The program will be tested on Highway 140 on May 5th, May 12th, May 19th, and on May 26th, 2018.
This pilot is an initiative to test a new way to pace and send vehicles to Arch Rock Entrance. The ultimate goal of this pilot is to relocate traffic backups out of an area with higher rockfall risk, give emergency vehicles the ability to bypass traffic, and enable administrative vehicles to reduce their travel time, thus increasing operational efficiency of the park.
Please review the following information for how it might specifically impact your commute:
Dates and Times
- The program has been revised based on feedback and will run only on Saturdays in May.
- The anticipated times of operation are from approximately 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, the busiest period for vehicles entering the park.
Authorized User Bypass
- All vehicles with government license plates, with commercial use authorizations, and with valid entry stickers will be authorized to use the bypass. Those authorized to use the bypass will be permitted to turn left from Highway 140 onto Foresta Road by the NPS El Portal Complex. Authorized users will re-connect with Highway 140 by the El Portal Post Office. This will allow authorized users to detour around the metered public traffic. For those using the bypass, please use extra caution and remember to obey the posted speed limits. Foresta Road travels through residential areas; there could be children at play. Foresta Road will be patrolled to monitor to speed and safety.
Safety or More Information
- Please also use extra caution when approaching the Arch Rock Entrance. Obey all posted speed limit and stop signs and be on the lookout for entrance staff working in the road.
For the official FAQs, please refer to the YOSE NPS site here: https://www.nps.gov/yose/
Vernal Falls Restrooms Closed
The Vernal Falls Restrooms are closed. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Power Outage May 17
There will be a full day power outage on Thursday, May 17th for the Valley Admin Bldg, Auditorium, Visitor Center, Public Restrooms, Girls Club, Naturebridge, Proscribed Fire building, and short outages (1 hr or so) for the Ranger Club and AT&T building. Data and telecom equipment in the 3rd floor of the Admin Bldg and the Old Dispatch Room on the west end of the VC will be connected to generator power, which will mean cables and generators will be setting outside of the Admin Bldg and near the entrance to the Public Restrooms. These will power only the phones and network systems, so the lights and power will be off in the aforementioned buildings.
The museum/district building will be on generator power for most of the week except for Friday, May 18th, with outages for short durations (2 hrs or less) while temporary power is being hooked up. On Friday, May 18th the majority of the museum/district building will experience an outage for most of the day while new feeders are pulled from the main panel to some of the subpanels in the museum.
The landscaped area on the west end of the museum will be closed off for installation of a new electric vault, but the sidewalk on the south side of the building will remain open, except for short periods while equipment is accessing the area. (K. White)
Hetch Hetchy Road Day Use Hours
The Hetch Hetchy day use hours are 7:00 am to 9:00 pm from May 1st to Labor Day. Wilderness permits and bear canisters are available 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. (C. Flores)
Renovations on the Carroll N. Clarke Community Hall In El Portal Begin April 30th, 2018
The inside of the community hall will be closed for use until the project is finished. This is estimated as a 6 week project. Blue River Builders of El Portal is the contractor for the project. Balanced Rock is donating the majority of funding for the project, and spearheading the project working closely with NPS and YEA on the plan. For questions or concerns regarding this project, or for questions about what kind of support the project needs, contact Heather Sullivan heather@balancedrock.
Room For Rent In Midpines
Looking for 1 roommate in a 3 bedroom house in Midpines ASAP. The house is beautiful A frame with wrap around porch with beautiful views of the foothills, a mile in from 140 off of Ponderosa Way. 15 minute walk to YARTS bus stop, 2 minute drive.
House includes clothes washer on site (no dryer), sink has disposal. Great outdoor space with potential for gardening (no critter issues thus far). The bedroom for rent is approximately 14' x 14' with big closet (not included in 14' x 14' measurement) and its own personal 1/2 bathroom. Rent is currently $350/month, utilities (internet/electric) are split monthly among roommates (estimate about 60 month total). No pets. Preferably someone with long term work/stability, but considerations made on case by case basis. Couples will be considered, but not preferred. Contact Anna Puchkoff at email@example.com for details and pictures! (A. Puchkoff)
Mountain Lions In Hodgdon Meadows
There have been multiple sightings of mountain lions in the last week in the Hodgdon Meadows area. While lions are a normal and important part of Yosemite, their presence requires that we take certain precautions such as:
- Keep children close to you.
- Store food properly and never feed wildlife such as deer, raccoons, squirrels, or coyotes- these animals are prey for mountain lions.
- Feed pets inside and keep pets leashed.
- Hiking or running alone is not recommended.
If you encounter a lion, take the following actions immediately:
- Shout in a low voice and wave your arms to look large and threatening.
- Maintain eye contact with the lion and do not crouch down.
- Throw rocks or sticks at the lion.
- Never run!
- Pick up or restrain small children or pets.
- If a lion attacks, fight back.
Report mountain lion sightings to firstname.lastname@example.org or Park Disptach. (K. Patrick)
Summer Staff Orientation
Summer Staff Orientation is one day this year for all new and returning staff. Orientation will be held at the Valley Auditorium at 8:30 am every Monday. Participants are expected to stay through the entire program to maximize their benefit. Please note the different schedules for the first week and off weeks of each pay period through early-June.
First Week Orientation Schedule (5/14, 5/29, 6/11):
8:30-9:00 Superintendent's Welcome
9:00-11:00 HR and Safety Rotation 1
11:00-1:00 HR and Safety Rotation 2
1:00-2:00 Lunch - on your own
2:00-3:00 Living in Yosemite (Bears, What's New)
3:00-4:00 Interpretive/Inspirational Presentation
Off-Week Orientation Schedule (5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18):
8:30-9:00 Superintendent's Welcome
There will be three trams this season for NPS staff May 15 (Tues), May 30 (Wed), June 12 (Tues). All NPS staff (i.e. employees, volunteers, interns) are welcome if there is space. Preference is given to new staff, including staff new to the park in the last year.
Meet at 2:25 pm-4 pm, meeting at shuttle stop #5 in front of the Visitor Center. Please be at the shuttle stop on time. Any wheelchair needs must be communicated in advance to email@example.com or 372-0338. Sign-ups are due the Thursday before the tram, at 5pm. If a tram doesn't have 25 people signed up, it will not happen. All employees/supervisors will be alerted by the end of Friday if this is the case. If the temperature is forecast to be below 55 degrees or if there is a significant chance of rain by the Friday before, the tram will be canceled.
Sign-up: Go to address below and click the tab with the desired date.
If you decide not to send an employee after signing up, please remove their name from the list. (E. Davenport)
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 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
Contact Parker Bevington 375-9515 for any additional information. (J. Peach)
Tourism to Yosemite National Park creates $589,343,700 in Economic Benefits - News Release April 26, 2018
Report shows visitor spending supports 6,666 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4,336,889 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2017 spent $451,782,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,666 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $589,343,700.
“Yosemite National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Yosemite Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $18.2 billion of direct spending by more than 330 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 306,000 jobs nationally; 255,900 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $35.8 billion.
The lodging sector received the highest direct contributions with $5.5 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 49,000 jobs. The restaurants sector received the next greatest direct contributions with $3.7 billion in economic output to local gateway economies and 60,500 jobs.
According to the 2017 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging/camping (32.9 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.5 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (10.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.0 percent), and local transportation (7.5 percent).
Report authors also produce an interactive tool that enables users to explore visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: https://www.nps.gov/
To learn more about national parks in California and how the National Park Service works with California communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/california. (S. Gediman)
Yosemite Forum Tuesday May 8
"Amphibians and reptiles of the eastern Sierra: Life in the rainshadow" by Robert Hansen, editor of Herpetological Review
The eastern Sierra Nevada is a land of extremes, with a rapid transition from alpine environments to desert. The rugged terrain and general lack of roads has meant that the region's amphibians and reptiles are not as well known as their counterparts on the western slope. In this presentation, we'll explore salamanders and snakes, where and how they live, and share some stories about those who have studied them.
The Forum will take place Tuesday, May 8th, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium. Please contact Greg Stock at 379-1420 for additional information. (G. Stock)
Room For Rent
One bedroom for rent in a shared three bedroom/two bath fully furnished house, including washer/dryer. Very nice house located in the quiet Sky Ranch neighborhood north of Oakhurst, just 20 minutes from the Park's South Entrance. $400/month plus utilities and security deposit. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
House for Rent in Groveland/Pine Mountain Lake
Three bedrooms, three full baths, living room and family room, two car garage, washer & dryer, large decks, full privileges at Pine Mountain Lake (lake, stables, golf, airport), $1500/month, unfurnished. One hour's drive from Yosemite Valley. Call Jeannie at 743-0340. (J. Tasker)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
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)