Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, May 18th, 2018
Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, scattered showers, snow showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 62 to 68 at 5000 feet...54 to 60 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Near the crest, scattered showers, snow showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent. Lows 41 to 51 at 5000 feet...32 to 40 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Near the crest, chance of showers, snow showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow level above 8000 feet. Highs 63 to 69 at 5000 feet...53 to 59 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
Yosemite National Park Announces that Tioga Road Will Open for the Season on Monday, May 21, 2018 - Yosemite News Release May 17, 2018
Yosemite National Park Announces that Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:00 am.
There will be limited services available along Tioga Road. All campgrounds along Tioga Road remain closed. There is no anticipated opening date for the Tuolumne Meadows store and the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center. There is no gasoline available along Tioga Road. The closest gas station is located at Crane Flat.
Yosemite National Park is open year-round. All motorists should drive with caution and be aware of possible hazards in the roadway, including rocks, debris, and water. Tioga Road may be impacted by incoming storm activity, including snow and icy driving conditions, over the next week. Tioga Road may temporarily close due to weather and unsafe driving conditions at any time. Tioga Road is a seasonal road through Yosemite National Park, typically open from late spring to early fall.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200. (J. Richards)
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/
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.gov. (G. Dickman)
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/YOSE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)