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Sixth Annual "Yosemite Facelift" Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 23-27, 2009

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Date: September 17, 2009

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the “Yosemite Facelift” September 23-27, 2009. This annual event is organized by the Yosemite Climbing Association to help clean up the park after the long and busy summer season. Volunteers are needed to pick up litter at various locations in Yosemite National Park including on roadways, in the river corridor, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas.  Events and presentations honoring Yosemite’s climbing history will be held throughout the weekend.

Last year, over 2,021 Yosemite Facelift volunteers donated 16,168 hours and collected 41,631 pounds of trash.  

Interested volunteers should sign up at the booth in font of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 8:00 am on days that they wish to participate. Crew leaders will be at the booth to organize work groups and hand out trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks. Trash must be returned to the booth by 5:00 pm to be weighed and sorted.

Volunteers participating in the clean-up will receive free admission to the park.  There are limited free camping sites still available for those participating in the clean up.  Please contact Ken Yager at YCA@inreach.com.  Please include all names of those who wish to participate, as well as which nights during the event.

Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for every day they volunteer. The raffle will be held at the booth at 5:00pm every day.  The reception will also include free drinks, food, and live music with the Jonathan McEuen Band. 

For more information and a complete schedule of events, please contact Ken Yager at YCA@inreach.com, or visit the Yosemite Climbing Association website at www.yosemiteclimbing.org.

Individuals who are unable to participate during the clean up, but would still like to help, may make a tax deductible donation to help pay for the clean up effort. Donations can be made to the Yosemite Climbing Association, PO Box 89, Yosemite, California, 95389.

Did You Know?

American Indians use traditional ignition methods on a prescribed fire project

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.