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Yosemite Forum

Yosemite Forum
The Yosemite Forum is a free interactive lecture series designed to bring evolving knowledge of the Sierra Nevada to the public and the park. Lectures are noon-1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

2013 Yosemite Forum Schedule
April 9
"Recreation ecology applications in National Parks: Examples from Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Glacier Bay" by Christopher Monz, Utah State University
May 14
"The applications of GISystems to wilderness search and rescue, with case-studies from Yosemite National Park" by Paul Doherty, University of California, Merced
June 11
"The Upper Tuolumne River Ecosystem Project: developing an ecologically relevant hydrograph downstream of O'Shaughnessy Dam" by William Sears, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
July 9
"Mapping a volcano's roots in 3D: field and geochemical relations on El Capitan" by Roger Putnam, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
August 13
"J.M. Hutchings and the National Park idea" by Jen Huntley
September 10
"California Phenology Project" by Susan Mazer, University of California, Santa Barbara
October 8
"Ethnobotany and Stewardship of California Black Oak Ecosystems by Tribes in the Central and Southern Sierra Nevada" by Kat Anderson, University of California, Davis
November 12
Great gray owls (more details to come) by Joe Medley, University of California, Davis
December 10
"Climate change, resiliency, and wilderness management" by Nate Stephenson, U.S. Geological Survey

The Yosemite Forum is a partnership among:

  • Yosemite National Park
  • The Yosemite Conservancy
  • USGS, Western Ecological Research Center Yosemite Field Station
  • University of California, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
  • USFS, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Sierra Nevada Research Center

Learn more about the park's research and studies--also detailed in the Yosemite Science online resources management publication published on an occasional basis. Find Yosemite content throughout the Nature & Science and History & Culture web pages.

Did You Know?

Low intensity fire in Yosemite

Natural fires in Yosemite are often no more than a single burning snag (standing dead tree) or a slow moving, low intensity fire that cleans underbrush from the forest floor. These fires prevent unwanted fires by removing accumulating forest debris that can fuel a larger fire in hot, dry conditions.