Tioga & Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Winter
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed due to snow; they usually reopen late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »
Marijuana Cultivation Sites Eradicated in Merced River Drainage
On the 26th and 27th of September 2007, approximately 30 law enforcement officers from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, the US Forest Service, the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (CAMP), and Yosemite National Park raided four illegal marijuana cultivation sites.Three of the cultivation sites were located on the Sierra National Forest/ Yosemite National Park boundary between the Wawona Road and the South Fork of the Merced River. The fourth site was a short distance outside the park in the Sierra National Forest.
A total of 14,536 plants valued at over 43 million dollars were seized. Law enforcement officers from the US Forest Service made two arrests during the raid, one an adult male and one 17-year-old juvenile. Both are Mexican nationals.
Large-scale marijuana cultivation is a problem which continues to plague land management agencies and Sheriff’s departments state-wide.
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.