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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

 

WEATHER

 

Yosemite Valley

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Tonight: A 40 percent chance of rain after 10pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 37.

Saturday: Rain. High near 51. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Rain likely before 10pm. Low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 57. Low around 35.

 

El Portal

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 61. 

Tonight: A 40 percent chance of rain after 10pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 41. 

Saturday: Rain, mainly before 4pm. High near 56. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain before 10pm. Low around 40. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62. Low around 38.

 

Wawona

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of rain after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Saturday: Rain, mainly before 4pm. High near 51. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain before 10pm. Low around 33.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 56. Low around 31.

 

Tuolumne Meadows

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Tonight: Snow, mainly after 4am. Low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday: Rain and snow before 10am, then rain between 10am and 4pm, then rain, possibly mixed with snow after 4pm. High near 46. West southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night: Snow likely before 10pm. Low around 19. West northwest wind 15 to 25 mph decreasing in evening. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Low around 19.

 

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

 

Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot Reopens Today

The Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot will reopen this coming Friday, November 21st by 5 PM and there will be no further construction related delays on the Tioga Road due to the weather conditions.  After this Friday, there will be no further work until next spring on the Tioga Road and Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot.  Crews will return in 2015 as soon as the weather conditions permit.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)

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Yosemite National Park Youth Programs Inspire Next Generation of Park Stewards  - News Release

Yosemite Conservancy provided $1.4 Million for 13 youth programs in 2014

 

Contacts: Peter Bartelme, Yosemite Conservancy, 415-664-1503, pb@prstrategies.com; Jennifer Miller, Yosemite Conservancy, 415-434-1782, jmiller@yosemiteconservancy.org; Scott Gediman and Ashley Mayer, National Park Service, 209-372-0248, scott_gediman@nps.gov, ashley_mayer@nps.gov

 

 A group of high school students from across California, who dubbed themselves “The Triumphant Turtles” for their slow and steady approach to achieving goals, credit the Adventure Risk Challenge program in Yosemite National Park for fueling a passion for conservation, improved leadership and literacy skills, and forging trails of opportunity to higher education.

 

“The magic happens every time one of us wants to give up, but no matter how steep that hill is we express words of encouragement for our team. We have built trust, kindness and integrity, and together we have overcome many challenges,” said Salvador Meza Lemus, one of 12 high school youth to participate in Adventure Risk Challenge’s (ARC) 40-day immersion program in Yosemite’s backcountry in 2014.

 

“Youth programs in the park provide opportunities to teach life skills that participants can apply to the rest of their lives, including a formidable focus on conserving our public lands,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “Yosemite Conservancy donors help to make these programs possible.”

 

In 2014, a total of 13 Youth in Yosemite programs received $1.4 million given by Yosemite Conservancy donors to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards and improve park resources. Among the many programs to receive funding were the Junior Ranger program that involved over 25,000 kids who learned about nature, the Parks in Focus photography program that used photography to teach inner city kids about the wilderness, and the Yosemite Leadership Program where college interns worked side-by-side with park staff to gain practical, field-based experience. Also, participants in the California Conservation Corps and Student Conservation Association spent their summers restoring the park’s trails, campgrounds and habitat, and learning leadership skills.

 

“Youth in Yosemite programs that our donors help to fund have a lasting impact for youth of all ages,” said Mike Tollefson, president, Yosemite Conservancy. “Through these life changing programs, park personnel instill with the participants a passion for the outdoors and the principles of park stewardship.”

 

WildLink and WildLink Bridge are programs for diverse and underserved teens that also receive funding from Yosemite Conservancy donors. Students in WildLink are given a first introduction to Yosemite during a five-day expedition where they explore topics ranging from cultural and natural history to environmental conservation and stewardship. WildLink Bridge provides WildLink alumni with an opportunity to spend two weeks in Yosemite participating in an intense hands-on orientation program that inspires them to consider careers in the park. The program includes meeting with more than 30 professionals who work and live in Yosemite, as well as participating in restoration field projects and completing a wilderness patrol.

 

“I learned that a deeper connection between me and nature exists. It has given me guidance in my job and place in the world. My future is in nature!” said Jesse Ochoa, a 2014 WildLink Bridge participant.

 

ARC’s benefits also extend beyond the park. As of 2013, 97 percent of its 230 program graduates had passed the California High School Exit Exam and 82 percent attend college. Eleven of the 12 Triumphant Turtles — from Fresno, Planada, Dos Palos, Richmond, San Francisco, Napa, Santa Rosa and Truckee — said they began the summer unconcerned about protecting nature. After backpacking 60 miles in Yosemite’s wilderness, writing poetry and learning leadership skills, all were convinced of the program’s importance.

 

“I have improved my leadership skills and have learned how to work more effectively as a team,” said Meza Lemus.

 

Yosemite Conservancy’s support, along with other contributors, makes Youth in Yosemite programs possible. The National Park Service and several nonprofit organizations conduct the programs.

 

Through the support of donors, Yosemite Conservancy provides grants and support to Yosemite National Park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations. The work funded by Yosemite Conservancy is visible throughout the park, from trail rehabilitation to wildlife protection and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing a deeper connection to the park through outdoor programs, volunteering and wilderness services. Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided more than $81 million in grants to Yosemite National Park. Learn more at www.yosemiteconservancy.org or call 1-800-469-7275 (A. Mayer)

 

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RECENT NEWS

 

Glacier Point Road Closed

The Glacier Point Road closed Wednesday night at 9pm due to the incoming storm.  We will re-evaluate the road on a daily basis and will open it back up to the public when it is safe to do so. (E. Scott)

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Yosemite National Park and Berchtesgaden National Park Sign Formal Sister Park Arrangement - News Release

Parks collaborate to protect globally significant public lands

 

Correction: There was a small error in the news release.  Yosemite National Park does not have mountain goats.  We apologize for the error.

 

Media Contacts: Scott Gediman 209-372-0248, scott_gediman@nps.gov, Yosemite National Park; Ashley Mayer 209-372-0824, ashley_mayer@nps.gov, Yosemite National Park; Carolin Scheiter +49 8652 9686130, pressestelle@npv-bgd.bayern.de, Berchtesgaden National Park

 

Yosemite National Park and Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany have signed a sister park arrangement. The formal arrangement outlines the commitment from both parks to foster international cooperation in preserving these protected areas. The arrangement was signed by Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher and Dr. Michael Vogel, Berchtesgaden National Park Director, in October, 2014.

 

“We are honored and excited to begin this formal relationship with Berchtesgaden National Park,” stated Don Neubacher. “Both parks share many features, including spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife, and we are confident that this relationship will produce a myriad of benefits for both parks.”

 

“Being the only high mountain National Park in Germany, we are dependent on international cooperation,” explained Dr. Michael Vogel. “We also feel honored to have the opportunity to interact and share common knowledge and experiences with Yosemite National Park.”

 

This agreement signifies the fourth formal sister park arrangement for Yosemite National Park. The three other parks that Yosemite has formal arrangements with include Huangshan National Park and Jiuzhaigou National Park in China, and Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in Chile. Yosemite is also working with parks in Nepal, Tanzania, and Mongolia and intends to establish formal relationships with these parks.

 

Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the leading parks in Europe currently working with other protected areas. The park is involved in cooperative efforts with the Carpathian and the Caucasus mountain ranges in central and eastern Europe.

 

Yosemite National Park and Berchtesgaden National Park have identified issues common to both parks that will form the foundation of their sister park relationship. These include resource management techniques, environmental education and youth engagement programs, managing visitor use, working with indigenous people, wildlife management, and partnerships with non-profit groups and local communities. 

 

The arrangement also details the commitment from each park to participate in staff exchanges. Dr. Michael Vogel, Director of Berchtesgaden National Park, visited Yosemite in July, 2014 to tour the park and discuss the potential for collaboration. Yosemite National Park anticipates sending staff to Berchtesgaden National Park in 2015.

 

Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the mountainous area south of the town of Berchtesgaden in the Free State of Bavaria, Federal Republic of Germany. The national park was established in 1978 to protect the landscapes of the Berchtesgaden Alps. The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1990 and is best known for its magnificent high mountain vistas, fabled blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, and its unique wildlife.

 

Berchtesgaden’s alpine scree fields, alpine grassland and scrub, subalpine, montane, and sub-montane forests, mountain meadows and lakes mirror nearly identical features in Yosemite National Park. Both parks also feature a diversity of wildlife including deer, eagles, and marmots. (A. Mayer)

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Welcome to New Research Librarian, Virginia Sanchez

Please welcome Virginia Sanchez, our new Yosemite Research Librarian!  Virginia obtained her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona.  She has a wealth of experience in federal and public libraries, and is the past president of the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Roundtable of the American Library Association.  She is looking forward to exploring Yosemite and the Sierra. (B. Beroza)

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Hite's Cove Trail Work 

The beautiful, poppy-filled Hite's Cove Trail between Savage's Trading Post and Wawona has become overgrown in recent years.  The Upper Merced River Watershed Council (UMRWC), US Forest Service, and the Outward Bound California Service Bus are partnering for trail work this Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd. If you’re interested in learning more about this project, contact Will Fassett of UMRWC at wfassett@gmail.com. (W. Fassett)

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Sustainability Conference to be Held in Yosemite National Park - News Release

Yosemite Gateway Partners hosting first ever sustainability conference in December

 

Media Contacts: Scott Gediman, Yosemite National Park, 209-372-0248; Ashley Mayer, Yosemite National Park, 209-372-0824; Mark Gendron, Yosemite Gateway Partners, 559-297-9395

 

Yosemite Gateway Partners is hosting the first Yosemite Sustainability Conference in Yosemite National Park on December 8 through December 10, 2014. The conference is a three-day learning and networking forum dedicated to helping local and state businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability through best practices.

 

The conference will provide information about some of the most impactful environmental issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas reduction, water management, energy management, waste stream reduction and transportation fuels. Attendees will learn about implementable solutions, tools, resources, and best practices from experts in the fields of water, energy, waste management and air resources.

 

The event will provide information and demonstrations of existing Yosemite sustainable systems and processes.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and hear from experts on some of the world’s most intriguing environmental concerns and sustainability practices, as well as emerging technologies to deal with these concerns.

 

Among the keynote speakers is Tim Carey, Senior Director for Sustainability and Recycling at PepsiCo. Other keynote speakers include:

Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent, National Park Service 

Debbie Freidel, Director of Sustainability for Delaware North

Dan Jensen, President of Delaware North at Yosemite

Ann Krcik, Director, Brand Communication & Outdoor Exploration, The North Face

The Yosemite Sustainability Conference is designed for individuals who manage sustainability as part of their job or have an interest in sustainable practices. Anyone from government agencies, public land management agencies, private business, tribes and those wishing to learn better sustainable and environmentally friendly practices will benefit from attending this conference.

 

Sponsors of the conference include PepsiCo, Inc., Yosemite National Park, Delaware North, and Catalyst Marketing Company. The event cost is $395 (includes meals). Discounted lodging rates are available. For registration and more information, visit http://www.yosemitegatewaypartners.org/ email info@yosemitegatewaypartners.com or call (209) 962-7990. (A. Mayer)

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Combined Federal Campaign

Across the country, military personnel and federal civilian employees are

contributing to the Combined Federal Campaign to raise money for our charitable partners. This year's national campaign theme is My Story...My Choice...My Pledge. Everyone has a story about why they choose to give through the CFC.  Whether it's a personal story about a situation they may have faced, a family member's story about a benefit received, or someone else's story they know, that story is often is the reason they give. You can see military personnel & federal employees share their story here: http://www.peakcfc.com/_root/index.php?content_id=5156>

 

Brochures and pledge forms can be found in El Portal, Mariposa, and Yosemite Valley, but you can also contribute in an easy, paperless way through Employee Express (look for the CFC link on the left hand side) https://www.employeeexpress.gov/DefaultLogin.aspx

 

If you have questions, or need a pledge form, please contact Ami Knighten, Dave Crockett, or Katie Calder. More information can be found here www.opm.gov/cfc. Thank you for supporting our charity partners through the CFC! (K. Calder)

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DNC Thanksgiving Feast

You all are invited to join your DNC family this Thanksgiving for a feast to remember!  There will be a buffet dinner with all the traditional and tasty holiday treats from 4pm-8pm at the Curry Village Pavilion on Thursday, November 27th.  All Yosemite community members are welcome to attend and get their fill.  The cost is free to all DNC Associates and only $5 for their guests and other community members.  Please come spend the holiday with friends, family, co-workers and great food prepared with love, the most important secret ingredient in all our food!  Happy Holidays Yosemite!! (E. Brosk)

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Loren Fazio Retirement Lunch Party

Loren Fazio Retirement Lunch Party 12/11/14 1pm to 4pm Valley SAR Cache.  Tri Tip provided please bring a side dish and pass it along to all who may want to come say goodbye to the "Faz". (K. Barend)

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Save the Date for the 2014 Winter Social: Saturday, December 13

Please join the Yosemite Employee Association in celebrating the winter season and happy holidays! This year's sophisticated soiree will feature live music by Jonathan McEuen, delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages for all tastes, a raffle with special prizes, and all your fine friends. Hope to see you there! For more information please visit YEA's website: www.elportalca.org or facebook page: www.facebook.com/yea.yosemite. (A. Davis)

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Private Rental

Furnished studio apartment in Mariposa near the hospital. $550-600 monthly, plus deposit.

No inside pets. For additional information please contact travelteach@live.com or call

209.966.4699. (C. Baker)

 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

Southern ITS - Badger Pass and Glacier Point Parking Lots Vehicle Detector Installation

Starting Monday, November 3 and continuing through the end of November, crews will be working on the installation of vehicle detectors at the entrances to the Badger Pass Parking Lot and Glacier Point Parking Lot (near the Glacier Point Ranger Residence area).  Work includes trenching of electrical and communication conduits and excavation for vehicle detector poles. Contact David Engelstad with any questions or concerns (209) 379-1277. (D. Engelstad)

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Rockfall Hazard and Turn-outs Closed on Highway 140

All commuters on the 140 corridor between park line and the Arch Rock entrance are reminded:

1)  Do NOT stop along the roadway as repeated rockfall presents a potential hazard due to the recent Dog Rock fire - especially as wet weather approaches.

2)  Report ALL rockfall incidents to park dispatch as soon as you can so the roads can be cleared and the area reassessed.

3)  Do NOT stop to clear rocks from the road - road crews, traffic management or law enforcement are the only personnel allowed to clear rocks from the roadway surface.

4)  Remember - Safety first! (D. Henderson)

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Tioga Road Update No. 7

The Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot will reopen this coming Friday, November 21st by 5 PM and there will be no further construction related delays on the Tioga Road due to the weather conditions.   So after this Friday, there will be no further work until next spring on the Tioga Road and Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot.  Crews will return in 2015 as soon as the weather conditions permit.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Michael Pieper at (209) 200-1131. (M. Pieper)

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Trail Work in Mariposa Grove

Starting September 2nd, NPS trail crews will begin to upgrade the trail in the vicinity of the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel trees so that the trail meets accessibility standards. This project is part of the Yosemite Conservancy Capital Campaign for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Work will take place in three phases. Phase 1 will not affect current visitor use with one exception – on September 15 there will be a permanent closure of the “Step Trail” that connects the tram boarding area with the California Tunnel Tree. Tram users will continue to have trail access to the California Tunnel Tree using the trail leading from the tram area to the Grizzly Giant Tree. Equipment storage will occur on the access road to the National Forest. Phase 2 will occur later this fall when visitor numbers decrease. At that time, trail crews will upgrade the existing trail system in the vicinity of the two trees and restore portions of the existing trail system that did not meet accessible trail standards to natural conditions. Work will include installation of new split rail fencing along heavily traveled portions of the trail. Access to the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree will continue while work progresses. The first two phases should be completed by end of the calendar year, weather permitting. The third and final phase of the project will include installation of new benches and interpretive signs at the end of the Grove restoration project in late 2016. (C. Stetzel)

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Temporary Safety Closures of Roads After El Portal Fire

In order to maintain the safety of park visitors, community members, and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park has closed the following areas until further notice is given.

 

The Old Coulterville Road is closed to motor vehicles from the Flying Spur intersection to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest.

 

The Foresta Road is closed to motor vehicles at Foresta Falls to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest.  It is also closed to motor vehicles in El Portal at the intersection of Granite Street to the park’s boundary with Stanislaus National Forest. (M. Stansberry)

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Henness Ridge - Yosemite Environmental Education Center - Phase 1B

Construction for the second phase of the Environmental Education Center in partnership with NatureBridge is scheduled to begin the week of August 11th.  The construction activity will be located adjacent to the Wawona Road - Yosemite West intersection.  The work for this phase will begin with the construction of a multi-purpose administration office and maintenance building.  Please use caution in this area and watch for slow moving trucks and equipment on the roads.  Construction is scheduled to continue until completion in 2015.  If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Wichmann, Project Management Division. (K. Blew)

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