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    Yosemite

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Yosemite Ranger Notes

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Ranger-naturalists have been interpreting the natural and cultural resources of Yosemite for park visitors for nearly a century. In this blog, some of Yosemite's park rangers share recent observations from around Yosemite.

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Yosemite's Ghost Forests

October 07, 2014 Posted by: CF - Park Ranger (Yosemite Valley)

Despite its hearty stature, large stands of lodgepole pine can be found bleached of their color and stripped of their bark, in what are known as “ghost forests.” During the 1950s some 46,000 acres of lodgepole in Yosemite had effectively been defoliated and transformed into a ghost forest. So, how did some of the sturdiest high elevation trees die off in such large numbers?

 

A Difficult Journey

September 18, 2014 Posted by: KO - Park Ranger (Yosemite Valley)

I could feel the trail dust tickling the hairs of my nose as I trudged along obediently behind my friend and fellow ranger, my pack feeling heavier by the minute. Even up in the high country of Yosemite the lack of moisture in late summer and fall is palpable.

 

Remember Winter?

September 27, 2013 Posted by: MS - Park Ranger (Yosemite Valley)

The first taste of winter visited Yosemite’s high country on the last day of summer, bringing 6-10 inches of snow to the upper elevations of the park. I had the good fortune to be camped at Young Lakes, north of Tuolumne Meadows, for the flurry.

 

Lyell Glacier

September 11, 2013 Posted by: BR - Park Ranger/Resources Management & Science Liaison

August 29 marked the 142nd Anniversary of the first recorded ascent of Mount Lyell, Yosemite’s highest peak (13,114 feet). J. B. Tileston made that ascent in 1871. He left his base camp at four in the afternoon the day before he summited. Darkness found him bivouacked high in the mountains where he....

 

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