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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.

Open House - July 2011

Join us at one of Yosemite's monthly Open Houses! These are held during the last Wednesday of the month typically from January - October. Open Houses are located in Yosemite Valley in the Visitor Center Auditorium, from 1-4pm.

The public is invited to the Open House to:

  • Talk to park staff and listen to presentations given throughout the day
  • Access the latest news on various park projects
  • Review newly released documents and reports
  • Submit comments on proposed projects and ongoing implementation efforts

An Open House is a terrific opportunity to visit with park staff and learn about projects and ongoing issues up front and in person. Typically there are different panels of information printed in poster format, and for most projects and planning efforts there are accompanying fact sheets and handouts. In addition, there are pictures to look at, presentations available to listen to, and at times showings of various Yosemite video productions.

July 27, 2011
Overall agenda: Doors open at 1 pm, presentations begin at 2 pm
In Person: Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium
Via Webinar: yose.webex.com

The following projects were presented:

Presentation 1 [1.87 MB PDF]: Introduction & Update on Current Plans and Projects

Presentation 2 [2.58 MB PDF]: Ansel Adams Gallery Comprehensive Rehabilitation

  • How might we best make needed repairs to the foundation and improve accessibility while protecting and preserving sensitive historic and archaeological resources?

Presentation 3 [1.73 MB PDF]: The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan

  • What ideas has the park developed to protect this National Historic Landmark?
  • What opportunities will you have to provide input to our plan?

Presentation 4 [971 kb PDF]: How to Comment - Introduction to PEPC

Presentation 5 [4.58 MB PDF]: Fire Management in Yosemite

  • What is the status of fires in the park?
  • How do we manage fires in the park?

Presentation 6 [4.95 MB PDF]: Half Dome Permit System

  • What is the rationale behind the current permit system?
  • How is the current permit system going?

After the presentations project managers were available for further discussion on the projects such as the Tioga Road Rehabilitation plan and Badger Pass Ski Lodge.

Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.