Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire
The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »
Yosemite National Park is Open
Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.
Yosemite National Park Announces the Completion of Ecological Restoration Projects
Projects Include Habitat Restoration, Meadow Restoration, and Boardwalks Over Sensitive Meadows
In the past several years, Yosemite National Park has completed a wide variety of ecological restoration projects throughout the park. These projects are designed to protect the ecosystem while still providing visitor access and enjoyment. Several projects are ongoing in the park and include a wide variety of park ecosystems such as meadows, invasive plants, social trails, and wetlands.
“Yosemite National Park is known throughout the world for its stunning beauty and diverse ecosystems. It is important to preserve these qualities and reduce the impacts that people have had on Yosemite National Park over the years. These restoration projects restore functioning ecosystems while still providing access to visitors. We are proud of the work that has been accomplished and will continue to focus heavily on restoration projects in the future,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher.
Several examples of recently completed ecological restoration projects include:
Examples of ecological restoration projects completed over ten years ago include:
Various ongoing ecological restoration projects in Yosemite National Park include:
Yosemite National Park strives to maintain the park’s ecosystem and let natural processes prevail. As human impacts have occurred since the park was established, these restoration projects seek to restore the natural balance of the park. Yosemite National Park will continue to conduct these restoration projects with the goal of resource protection while still providing for visitor access and enjoyment.
For more information about restoration efforts in Yosemite National Park please visit:http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/environmentalfactors.htm orhttp://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/research-and-studies.htm.
Did You Know?
Giant sequoias are a fire adapted species. Their bark is fire resistant and fire helps open the sequoia cone and scatter the tiny seeds. Fire also clears forest debris from the mineral soil and provides a nutrient rich seed bed as well as clearing competing species.