Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Today: Sunny. Highs 59 to 67 at 5000 feet...52 to 60 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 39 to 49 at 5000 feet...29 to 39 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 60 to 68 at 5000 feet...52 to 60 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
YC Outdoor Adventures - Day Hike In Tuolumne Grove With Pete Devine
(snowshoe walk converted into a day hike)
Spend the day immersed in Yosemite’s giant sequoia majesty! February is the perfect time to enjoy a day hike through serene meadows and the awe-inspiring giant sequoia trees in Tuolumne Grove.
For this adventure, Pete will share insider tips as you explore this beautiful landscape. Discover the ecology of giant sequoias during a gentle guided walk through Tuolumne Grove and then up to Crane Flat Fire Lookout. You’ll learn to identify animal tracks and see how plants and wildlife adapt to the cold and snow (even though there is not much to see).
Yosemite Conservancy is offering this $99 program FREE to all employees and volunteers, space permitting. For more information or to register please call: 209.379.2317 x10 or email kchappell@yosemiteconservancy.
Four Mile Trail Reopened
The entire Four Mile Trail is now open. There is a sizeable portion of ice on an exposed section of the trail, approximately 1 mile past Union Point. (S. Miyako)
Jon Youngblood's Retirement Tuesday, February 13
Please join the IT branch in sending Jon Youngblood into retirement on Tuesday, February 13th in the large breakroom in El Portal. Please contact Rita McMurdy at 379-1123 with any questions. Light snacks will be provided. (C. DeShazer)
Temporary Promotion Opportunity, Facility Management Division
The Facility Management Division is currently seeking candidates who are interested in a temporary promotion NTE 1 year opportunity for a Facility Operations Specialist, GS-1640-11 position. This position is located in the Buildings and Grounds Branch and is open to current career or career conditional competitive service employees of Yosemite NP only.
If you would like more information on this opportunity go to https://www.usajobs.gov/
In addition, you must use the link to apply for this position as it will not come up in USAJobs with a search. Applications will NOT be accepted by email - you must apply through the announcement. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Hassan Corbin at 209-379-1076 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (K. Lewis)
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 Yosemite 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)
Allies For Inclusion Training March 27-29
Do you want to Yosemite to be a workplace that is more welcoming and inclusive? Consider applying to become an Allies for Inclusion Facilitator. Allies for Inclusion is an employee dialogue program that aims to harness the power of dialogue and create space for critical conversations to occur that help reduce implicit bias among our workforce and create an environment where all employees can better flourish. Conversations dealing with unfamiliar or difficult subject matter can benefit greatly from being guided by facilitators, and this is your chance to learn those guiding skills. The in-person training will be held March 27-29 at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. To apply, go to https://docs.google.com/
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)