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.
Yosemite National Park Invites the Public to Attend a Forum on the Merced River Plan
Yosemite National Park invites the public to attend a Forum on the Merced River Plan (MRP), this Friday, December 3, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Forum will be held in the Garden Terrace at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, located in Yosemite Valley. This Forum is designed to inform the public about ongoing research being used to formulate the MRP for Yosemite National Park. The event is free and no RSVP’s are required. The park entrance fee will be waived for visitors attending this Forum.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE RESOURCES
10:00 am Yosemite Valley Merced River Condition Assessments Jim Roche10:25 am BREAK
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESOURCES
10:40 am A Preliminary Assessment of Meadow Conditions in the Merced River Corridor Joy Baccei and Erin Babich
11:00 am Wildlife Special Status Species Steve ThompsonCULTURAL RESOURCES
11:25 pm Cultural Landscape Inventory for El Portal Dave Humphrey
11:45 pm Assessment of Pack Stock Impacts at Archeological Sites, Upper Merced Wild and Scenic River Corridor Wesley Wills
12:10 am BREAKVISITOR USE RESOURCES
1:00 pm Integrating Transportation and Visitor Use Research Bret Meldrum
1:20 pm Modeling Transportation and Visitor Use Components Dave Pettebone
1:45 pm Summary Thoughts Kathleen Morse and Niki Stephanie Nicholas
Did You Know?
At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.