Yosemite National Park Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Highs 72 to 80 at 5000 feet...63 to 71 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 44 to 54 at 5000 feet...35 to 45 at 8000 feet.

Tuesday: Sunny. Highs 68 to 76 at 5000 feet...61 to 67 at 8000 feet.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass






Mariposa Grove Week Coming Up Next Week

Everyone is looking forward to Mariposa Grove week and the exciting events coming up surrounding the opening of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Here are the details for the events next week:


Wednesday, June 13th, 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.: Employee Day

- All employees and volunteers working for the NPS,YH, YC, Ansel Adams, and partner organizations are invited to attend.

- No RSVPs are required for attendance.

- Please either wear your uniform, your name tag, or bring some sort of identification showing that you work or volunteer in the park in some capacity. This will be needed to access the parking lot and board the shuttle buses at the new South Entrance Welcome Plaza.

- Please drive (and carpool) to the new South Entrance parking lot. Parking is available at the South Entrance Parking Lot. Shuttle buses will be leaving from the Transit Depot at the Welcome Plaza every 30 minutes to transport employees to the Lower Grove. 

- The event is slated from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The first shuttle bus will leave the Transit Depot at 8:30 a.m. and the last bus will depart the Lower Grove at 2:30 p.m. Please plan on coming and going as it fits your schedule. Please be sure to exit the Lower Grove by 2:30 p.m.

- Guided Interpretive walks of the Lower Grove will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All are welcome and these will last approximately one hour. If interested in going on a walk, please meet at the Arrival Plaza at the Lower Grove.

- There will be a brief, informal awards ceremony at the Arrival Plaza of the Lower Grove at 12:00 Noon. Employees who played a significant role in the project will be honored and the park and Yosemite Conservancy will present the annual Partnership Award at this time.

- Light refreshments (cookies and lemonade) will be served at the Transit Depot. Please bring water and food as there will be no food available for purchase.

- The Yosemite Conservancy bookstore at the Welcome Plaza will be open throughout the day. 

- Please ask your supervisor about attending the event if it is a work day. All employee and volunteers are welcome to attend and enjoy a sneak preview of this magnificent restoration project. 


Thursday, June 14th, 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 Noon: Dedication Ceremony

- This ceremony will  officially dedicate the completion of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Restoration Project and will feature music, honored guest speakers, the park's Mounted Patrol, and will conclude with a ribbon cutting.

- All park and partner employees, volunteers, family, and friends are invited to attend this historic ceremony. All are welcome- no rsvp's are required.

- Please carpool and park in the new South Entrance Parking Lot where shuttle bus service will be available to go to the ceremony site. There will be Rangers available to direct vehicles.

- The first shuttle bus will depart the Transit Depot at 8:00 a.m. and the last shuttle before the ceremony will depart the Depot at 9:45 a.m. There will be no shuttle service once the ceremony begins until 12:15 p.m.

- Please plan on arriving early as it will be a very busy day.

- There is limited shade at the Ceremony site. Please bring sunscreen, water, and a hat. Chairs will be provided on a first-come first-served basis. 

- Remarks will be provided by Yosemite National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds, NPS Pacific West Regional Director Stan Austin, Yosemite Conservancy President Frank Dean, and others.

- If you are an NPS employee working that day, please check with your supervisor about attending the Ceremony.

- The Ceremony is slated to end at 12:00 Noon, or earlier. It will culminate in a ribbon cutting ceremony, officially dedicating the completion of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Restoration Project.

- The Yosemite Conservancy bookstore at the Welcome Plaza will be open throughout the day.  

- The last shuttle bus will depart the Lower Grove at 2:00 p.m.

- We hope to see you at the Dedication Ceremony!


Friday, June 15th, 9:00 A.M.: Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Opens to the Public

- At 9:00 a.m. the Mariposa Grove officially opens to the public.

- Shuttle buses will be departing the Transit Depot throughout the day.

- The Yosemite Conservancy bookstore at the Welcome Plaza will be open as well.


Questions? Please email or call Jamie Richards or Scott Gediman at jamie_richards@nps.gov or scott_gediman@nps.gov or call (209)372-0529 or (209)372-0248.



Yosemite Forum Tuesday, June 12

"Defining and monitoring mountain lion populations in California" by Dr. Justin Dellinger, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Mountain lions are a top predator in California ecosystems and regulate populations of prey species such as grey foxes, ground squirrels, raccoons, and deer. Mountain lions are threatened by habitat fragmentation resulting from development and changes in forest structure. These habitat changes prompted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop a Conservation Strategy to protect the species. This talk will discuss that Conservation Strategy and the recent mountain lion research that informs it.  (G. Stock)






Tuolumne Wilderness Center Hours

Starting on Monday, June 4th, the Tuolumne Wilderness Center will be open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.  (N. Chakrin)



Tamarack Flat Campground Closed June 7-17

The campground will be open through the night of Wednesday, June 6th.

The campground will then be closed due to annual Native American Tribal use from Thursday, June 7th through the night of Sunday, June 17.

Tamarack will then reopen to the general public on Monday, June 18th. 


Please call 209-372-0266 for current campground status. (E. Bissmeyer)



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. The final date is 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)



All Employee Bear Training Day Wednesday

This year's All Employee Bear Training Day will take place Wednesday, June 6th at the Yosemite Valley Lodge Cliff Room, 9am-5pm. Topics will include:  


Bear Biology and Management

Managing Bear Jams

Food Storage Violations and Patrols

Negative Conditioning (Hazing)

Bear Incident Reporting

Telemetry, Bear Monitoring Boxes and GPS Data


This is a great way to learn about Yosemite's Human-Bear Management Program. Please feel free to come to all or part of the day. The morning sessions are more tailored to everyone (bear biology, history, and management), with more detailed topics in the afternoon. 


For more information email yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov.  (C. Lee-Roney)



DOI Library Databases

Did you know?

The Department of the Interior Library maintains subscriptions to a number of electronic journals and databases. These resources are available to all Department of the Interior employees! Any NPS employee or volunteer who is on a NPS network connection, or on the VPN, can access the resources that DOI Library has subscribed to, including:


EBSCO Online

Gale Directory Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Global Plants




ProQuest Congressional Collections

ProQuest Legislative Insight, Part B (1789-1960)

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Digital Library

Science Direct

U.S. Congressional Serial Set


Check out this page on the DOI Library website for more information! http://www.doi.gov/library/electronic  (V. Sanchez)



House For Rent

Charming large custom cottage 3+ 2.5 bathrooms. Easy house share with separate wing and entrance. Wood floors, rebuilt interior. Midpines, close to YARTS. $1400 month trash and water included. Call 742-8928 or email raucina@yosemite.net.  (R. Raucina)



Rooms For Rent

Rooms for rent in a beautiful, large 4+ bed/2.5 bath home, nestled in the hills off the 140, near the border of Mariposa and Midpines. Home is on 5 quiet acres, surrounded by great views which you can see from bedroom windows. $500/month per room, plus a portion of utilities. Email synchronicity.support@gmail.com if you're interested. (K. Indigo)


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