Yosemite Climbing Association and Yosemite National Park Announce Third Annual Yosemite Facelift
The Yosemite Climbing Association will once again sponsor a park-wide clean up to help restore high use areas after the busy summer season. The clean up effort will include roadways, the river corridor, trails, parking areas, campgrounds, climbing areas, and lodging areas.
The clean up will be held from 8 am to 5 pm, September 27 through October 1, 2006. Participants should meet in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 8 am each day that they wish to help and have trash back by 5 pm for sorting and weighing. Trash sticks, trash bags, and orange safety vests will be available for those participating.
Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for each day that they participate. Hundreds of prizes will be raffled off at a special reception for all participants on the evening of October 1, 2006.
Last year, 600 participants donated almost 5,000 hours and collected almost 8,000 pounds of trash for Yosemite National Park. Thanks to the efforts of last year's volunteers, the 2005 Facelift was awarded a conservation award from The Access Fund.
Free camping is available on a first-come, first served basis for multi-day volunteers. Please contact Ken Yager at the Yosemite Climbing Association at 209/379-2302 or visit the website at www.yosemiteclimbing.com.
Did You Know?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.