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    Yosemite

    National Park California

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  • 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.

Comprehensive Interpretive Plan

 
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"The purpose of Interpretation and Education in the National Park Service is to provide memorable, meaningful, and inspirational experiences related to the parks and strengthen public understanding of the full meaning and relevance of the national's natural and cultural resources."

-- NPS Interpretation and Education Business Plan, 2006




What is a Comprehensive Interpretive Plan (CIP)?
Overall, it strategically envisions, organizes, and justifies, interpretive and informational services that achieve the desired outcome of the park's program. The plan also identifies and describes the foundations of a park's interpretive program, which includes:
-Park Purpose
-Park Significance

-Interpretive Themes

-Management Objectives

-Audiences

-Visitor Experience Opportunities

There are three main components of a Comprehensive Interpretive Plan:

  • Long Range Interpretive Plan (plans for 5 to 10 Years);
  • Annual Interpretive Plan; and
  • Interpretive Database
Yosemite has been working on the development of a CIP and has completed its major component - the Long Range Interpretive Plan. This plan outlines a comprehensive approach to interpreting park natural and cultural resources.The CIP is necessary to ensure long-term protection of resources through visitor understanding and enjoyment. The Long Range Interpretive Plan will guide interpretation and education in Yosemite for the next 5 -10 years.

Did You Know?

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