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Seventh Annual “Yosemite Facelift” Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 22-26, 2010

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Date: September 14, 2010

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the “Yosemite Facelift” being held on Wednesday, September 22 through Sunday, September 26, 2010. This annual event is organized by the Yosemite Climbing Association to help clean up the park after the busy summer season. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park, including roadways, in the river corridor, on trials, 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 1,207 Yosemite Facelift volunteers donated 16,488 hours and collected 60,437 pounds of trash. More than 100 miles of roadway were cleaned, as well as over 120 miles of trails.  

Interested volunteers should sign up at the booth in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. In addition, two more booths will be open to register for participation on Friday, September 24th, Saturday, September 25th, and Sunday, September 26th. They will be located at the Tuolumne Meadows Lembert Dome parking area and at the Tuolumne Grove parking area in Crane Flat. All registration booths will open at 8:00 a.m. Crew leaders will be at the booths to organize work groups and hand out trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks. Trash must be returned to the booths each day by 5:00 p.m. to be weighed and sorted.  

Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for every day they volunteer. There will be a raffle held each day of the event at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center booth at 5:00 p.m. An end of event reception will be held on Sunday, September 26, and will include complimentary food and beverages, and live music by Dan Wilson and the Chinquapin All Stars.

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.

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.