Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
Today: Sunny. Highs 58 to 66 at 5000 feet...50 to 58 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 38 to 48 at 5000 feet...27 to 37 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 61 to 69 at 5000 feet...53 to 61 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Yosemite Forum Tuesday, February 13
"Water and wildfires: How returning fire to mountain landscapes affects rivers, snowpack, and forest health" by Dr. Gabrielle Boisrame, Delta Stewardship Council & UC Berkeley. The Sierra Nevada mountains provide most of California's water. A century of fire suppression in this fire-adapted region has led to unnaturally dense forests, which can reduce streamflows and snowpack, as well as make forests more vulnerable to droughts. A combination of field measurements, aerial photos, and model results show how returning wildfires to the Illilouette Creek watershed in the Yosemite wilderness has increased forest health and benefited water supply. The Forum will take place Tuesday, February 13, from 3:30 4:30 pm in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium. Please contact Greg Stock at 379-1420 for additional information. (G. Stock)
Welcome Elizabeth Hale, new YOSE GIS Coordinator!
Elizabeth comes to us from Lassen Volcanic National Park, and brings over a decade of NPS GIS experience, having provided data collection, map making, and general data management and incident support at LAVO, ORCA, YELL, and the USFS. She'll be filling the position vacated by Vanessa Glynn-Linaris last year, starting Wed 14 Feb. There will be a meet-and-greet event for her that afternoon in El Portal; contact Peter Lindstrom for details. (P. Lindstrom)
Room(s) 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. $550/month per room, plus a portion of utilities. Reduced rent can be negotiated in exchange for work or if you rent for both rooms. Email synchronicity.support@gmail.
February Snow Survey
Park Staff have completed the February 1 snow surveys. The water content of the snowpack in the Tuolumne drainage is 25% of average; in the Merced drainage it is 16% of average. (M. Fincher)
CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
Art Center Demolition
The AAC demolition is completed except for the sand removal under the building. This will require a contract modification and so the project is on hold until the modification is completed by PWR, likely in late January - early February. Completion of the sand removal is expected by early February. (D. Miller)
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. Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you. (K. White)
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