Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Today: Mostly cloudy. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning. Chance of snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Highs 57 to 63 at 5000 feet...48 to 54 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of showers after midnight. Near the crest, chance of showers, snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of showers after midnight. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Lows 39 to 49 at 5000 feet...30 to 38 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning, then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then chance of showers, snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 62 to 68 at 5000 feet...53 to 59 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
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)
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and Theater Operations Change, Thursday May 17th
Due to the power outage on May 17th, the Yosemite Valley visitor center building will be closed. A staffed temporary information station will be set up near the entrance of the visitor center. The Yosemite Valley theater will be closed. No films will be showing that day. (S. Miyako)
Junior Ranger Program Transition Today
Starting today, families will be required to purchase Junior Ranger handbooks to participate in the program. The books, which have been available for years, are available at the Yosemite Conservancy bookstores located in the various visitor centers around the park, the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center, and the Village Store. Yosemite will no longer offer a free worksheet to earn just the badge. The cost of the book is $3.50 (no change in the price). Swear-ins will continue to take place at all visitor centers, as well as the Happy Isles Art and Nature Center. Purchase and completion of the books will earn Jr. Rangers the classic badge, as well as either a patch or button, depending on the age appropriate book purchased. Thank you for helping with the transition. (B. Loudon)
Glacier Point Road Delays Today
Drilling Operations will occur May 15th and 16th on Glacier Point Road as part of the future Glacier Point Road rehabilitation project between Badger Pass and Glacier Point. There will be single lane traffic control with flaggers, so please use caution when traveling thru the construction zones. The following delays should be anticipated while traveling along the Glacier Point Road next week on May 15th and 16th.
Tuesday (May 15th) and Wednesday (May 16th)
7am to 5:00pm – Traffic delays up to 15 minutes (M. Pieper)
Helicopter Training Postponed
The helicopter short haul training that was schedule for May 15 and 16 is postponed until further notice. Direct any questions to Kristin Kirschner at 372-0216. (C. Ronay)
Research Library Hours
Beginning 5/14/18 the hours of the Yosemite Research Library are:
Monday and Tuesday 8:30-3:30
Wednesday and Thursday 10-4:30 (V. Sanchez)
Nominees For 2018 Yosemite Partnership Awards Due June 1
Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy are once again teaming up to recognize employees of both organizations who have exemplified the spirit of partnership and collaboration. NPS employees will nominate YC employees, and YC employees will nominate NPS employees; nominations are due Friday, June 1st. The recipient from each organization will receive a monetary award, to be presented at the Mariposa Grove employee event on June 13th.
To read the memo outlining eligibility criteria and process, and to access the nomination forms, please go to http://sharepoint.yose.nps.
Yosemite Invasive Plant Workplan Posted Online
The 2018 Invasive Plant Management Work Plan and associated maps are now posted online at https://www.nps.gov/yose/le
The work plan summarizes the 2017 field season and details treatments proposed in 2018. This year, crews will be surveying for and treating invasive plants parkwide. Management of high priority species such as yellow star-thistle, Italian thistle, Himalayan blackberry, knapweed and rush skeletonweed will continue in 2018. Additional emphasis will be placed on recently burned areas and areas recently disturbed from construction. For more information download the workplan or contact Garrett_Dickman@nps.go
Historic Yosemite Photos
Any researcher needing access to photo archives that were moved to El Portal may request access to a handy-dandy spreadsheet list and submit a request to the Archives. Please reference the "RL" number when doing so. It is anticipated that the images will begin to be accessible online to everyone in July via https://npgallery.nps.gov/
Girls Club Library Hours
Beginning 6/1/18 the hours of the Yosemite Public Library will change to:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-4
Saturdays 10-1 (C. Reynolds)
Yosemite National Park Announces Bus Parking Reservations for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias - Yosemite News Release May 11, 2018
Reservations will be available May 15, 2018 on Recreation.gov
Yosemite National Park announces that parking reservations will be required for all buses over 20 feet in length, including commercial tour buses, non-commercial buses, and mini-buses, to park and visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove will reopen to the public on Friday, June 15, 2018. Bus reservations will be available beginning at 7:00 am PDT on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on Recreation.gov for the summer and fall seasons from June 15, 2018 through November 30, 2018.
Four parking spaces for buses will be available for buses over 20 feet in length at the Reserved Bus Parking Area when the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias reopens to the public. This Reserved Bus Parking Area is located across from the existing South Entrance restroom (on the upper side of the Mariposa Grove Road).
Bus parking reservations will cost $1.50 and will be non-refundable. Companies, organizations, and individuals will be able to book a maximum of 2 bus reservations per day. A maximum of 6 bus reservations may be booked within a single logon session. Reservations are for 3-hour blocks. Operators cannot exceed the 3-hour parking limit.
Reservations will be available daily during the summer within the following 3-Hour time blocks:
8:00 am -11:00 am 8:30 am -11:30 am 9:00 am -12:00 pm 9:30 am -12:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 4:30 pm -7:30 pm
Buses dropping off/picking-up passengers will be directed to enter the left lane of the shuttle bus loop at the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. All passengers and tour guides will have access to restroom facilities, visitor information, and will board a free shuttle for the two mile ride to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Arrival Area. Shuttles will operate on a first come, first served basis so tour groups may be temporarily split up until they can regroup in the Grove Arrival Area.
As soon as a bus has unloaded, the operator will make a left turn and proceed to their reserved parking space in the Reserved Bus Parking Area. Here, drivers can wait until their guests are ready to be picked up from the shuttle loop. Buses will not be permitted to park or idle in the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza shuttle loop area.
Buses that do not have a parking reservation will not be allowed to drop off their passengers to visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias during their visit to Yosemite.
School groups planning to visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias as part of their visit to Yosemite National Park should contact the Education Fee Waiver Office for information on school bus passenger drop-off locations and parking at email@example.com.
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will be reopening this June, marking the completion of a $40 million restoration project. This ambitious restoration project, in partnership with Yosemite Conservancy, sought to restore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias by removing a parking lot at the base of the sequoias, removing commercial facilities, and restoring the hydrology to ensure that new trees can grow in a healthy environment. Additionally, a new parking area and welcome plaza have been constructed at the park’s South Entrance to welcome and shuttle visitors back and forth to the Big Trees. (J. Richards)
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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)