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January 13, 2014
Range of Light Film Festival to Debut in Yosemite National Park
The Range of Light Film Festival will debut in Yosemite National Park from Thursday, February 27, through Sunday, March 2, 2014. The festival is presented by Yosemite Conservancy, Yosemite National Park, and DNC Parks & resorts at Yosemite, Inc. The festival, part of the park’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant, will be held in the Yosemite Theater behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.

December 02, 2013
Yosemite National Park Conducts “Youth in Yosemite” Short Film Contest Selected Films to be Showcased at Awards Ceremony
Yosemite National Park is conducting a “Youth in Yosemite” Short Film Contest. This contest is open to anyone 25 years of age or younger who is motivated to create a video about their connection to Yosemite National Park. The deadline to submit the short films is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014.

November 25, 2013
Missing Hiker Found Alive in Yosemite National Park
Missing hiker, Ann Lory, was found alive this morning, at approximately 11:30 a.m., in Yosemite National Park. She was located by a family member working with Search and Rescue crews in the search area. Lory sustained injuries and has been transported to a local hospital for medical attention.

November 25, 2013
Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Hiker Ann Lory
Yosemite National Park Rangers are searching for Ann Lory, 60, a resident of Foresta, who has been missing since Saturdaymorning, November 23, 2013. Foresta is a small community located along the western portion of the park boundary and can only be accessed through the park via Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road).

November 20, 2013
Visitors to Yosemite National Park Overwhelmingly Satisfied
A recent survey of visitors to Yosemite National Park showed a 98% satisfaction rate with park facilities, services, and recreational opportunities. Park visitors completed the survey in August 2013 in conjunction with the University of Idaho, Park Studies Unit for the National Park Service. Two hundred twenty five visitors responded to the written survey at locations throughout Yosemite National Park.

November 04, 2013
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Veteran’s Day Weekend
In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public on Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

October 31, 2013
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Final Environmental Impact Statement
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Final Environmental Impact Statement (Mariposa Grove FEIS). This landmark plan provides the foundation for the restoration and site improvements in the park’s largest grove of giant sequoias. The Mariposa Grove, along with Yosemite Valley, was included in the Yosemite Grant that was signed into law on June 30, 1864. This marked the first time the federal government set aside land for protection and is considered to be the genesis of the national park idea.

October 29, 2013
Lottery Registration Now Open for Restored Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite
With the winter season approaching, and Yosemite National Park now open to the public after the recent government closure, Yosemite Conservancy announced today that it is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2013-2014 season at the newly restored Ostrander Ski Hut, the cherished rustic stone cabin used by intrepid skiers and snowshoers who make the 10-mile journey from the park’s Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake.

October 24, 2013
NatureBridge Receives $75,000 Grant from Wells Fargo for Scholarships for California’s Central Valley Youth
With a $75,000 grant for the Environmental Education and Stewardship for Underserved Central Valley Youth project, NatureBridge is proud to announce the award of scholarship funding from the Northern and Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Foundation.

October 23, 2013
Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at Fourth Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony
Yosemite National Park celebrated its fourth annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 28, 2013, National Public Lands Day. The Yosemite Volunteer Awards recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of people and work groups who provided exceptional volunteer services towards the mission of National Park Service and Yosemite.

October 22, 2013
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest
Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery to sponsor the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. The Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest celebrates the creativity and inspiration of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. Students should submit artwork and poetry no later than Friday, October 25, 2013.

October 21, 2013
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Future Anniversary Events in Gateway Communities
Fall pageantry and warm temperatures invite visitors back to a reopened Yosemite.

October 16, 2013
Yosemite National Park Reopens to Visitors
Yosemite National Park reopens to park visitors tonight, October 16, 2013. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line. Yosemite National Park has been closed since October 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

September 19, 2013
YARTS Transit Service to Yosemite National Park Extended
The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is extending transit service on Highway 120, west and east corridors, through Sunday, September 29, 2013. Previously, the runs from Tuolumne County, on Highway 120 West, were scheduled to end for the season on September 15, 2013. The service from Mono County, on Highway 120 East, will continue to operate on weekends through Sunday, September 29, 2013.

September 18, 2013
Yosemite Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the tenth annual Yosemite Facelift on Tuesday, September 24, through Sunday, September 29, 2013. The goal of the Yosemite Facelift is to clean up trash and debris from around 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 trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas.

September 16, 2013
Yosemite National Park to Participate in Mountain Heritage Days in Oakhurst
Yosemite National Park will participate in the Mountain Heritage Days in Oakhurst, California, on Friday September 20 and Saturday, September 21, 2013. The Yosemite National Park Mounted Patrol will participate in the parade occurring on Saturday, September 21. The procession will start at the Fresno Flats Historical Park at 10:00 a.m. and will continue down to Road 426 to Golden Oak Loop. This year’s annual celebration will be focused around the upcoming anniversaries in Yosemite National Park.

September 14, 2013
State Route 120 (Tioga) Reopens
SR-120 (Tioga Road) which had been closed from Crane Flat to White Wolf, within Yosemite National Park, will reopen to all vehicular traffic at noon, Saturday, September 14, 2013.

September 10, 2013
Yosemite National Park Partners with Paradox Sports on Historic Veterans Climb
Yosemite National Park is hosting an event in which 30 disabled United States Military Veterans will climb several iconic peaks in the park, such as Half Dome and El Capitan. All of the climbers are expected to reach the summits of Half Dome and El Capitan on Wednesday, September 11. Paradox Sports, a nonprofit organization with an emphasis on adaptive sports, brought the group to Yosemite for the multi-day event. The event is designed to honor all veterans and celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities.

September 06, 2013
State Route 120 from Groveland to Yosemite National Park Will Reopen
State Route 120 (SR-120) from Groveland, CA into Yosemite National Park will reopen to all vehicular traffic at noon, Friday, September 6, 2013.

September 04, 2013
Repairs to Wawona Tunnel to begin in Yosemite National Park
Repairs to the Wawona Tunnel in Yosemite National Park, located along the Wawona Road/Hwy 41, are scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Most of the construction will occur inside the tunnel and incremental traffic delays will be instituted during the construction period, which begins September 8 through December 13, 2013. The work is needed to clean and repair the Wawona Tunnel, which includes repairing sections of the tunnel wall, floor, and ceiling, sealing cracks and joints, improving the drainage system, and cleaning the interior of the length of the tunnel.

August 27, 2013
Portion of Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to be Temporarily Closed
A portion of the Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 12:00 noon. The closure is necessary for firefighters to perform fire suppression activities along the road. This portion of the road is anticipated to be closed at least through Labor Day Weekend. The park will issue an update as conditions allow for the reopening of the road.

August 19, 2013
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Founder’s Day
On Sunday, August 25, Yosemite National Park will celebrate Founder’s Day. In commemoration of this special day, entrance fees will be waived for all park visitors. Founder’s Day marks the birthday of the National Park Service (NPS).

August 15, 2013
Life Changing Youth Programs in Yosemite Receive $1.8 Million
Yosemite Conservancy is contributing $1.8 million to 12 Youth in Yosemite programs so that young children learn about nature through the Junior Ranger program, underserved high school students experience the wilderness for the first time, and college interns work side-by-side with park staff to repair trails and preserve habitat.

July 24, 2013
New American Sign Language Services Announced in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park announces several new American Sign Language (ASL) services that are available in the park, and at home. New services include a video series on the park’s Youtube Channel, continued ranger programs, and an enewsletter. These services are designed to ensure visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing have equal access to all program offerings at Yosemite.

July 19, 2013
Yosemite National Park Bolsters International Affairs Program
A delegation from one of Yosemite’s sister parks, Huangshan National Park in China, visited Yosemite National Park in early July of this year to reaffirm the Sister Park Arrangement between the two iconic national parks. The six person delegation from Huangshan participated in meetings with park staff, toured the park, and commemorated the visit with a dinner and signing ceremony at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley. Also participating in the signing ceremony and dinner were representatives from DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Yosemite Conservancy, Naturebridge, and Ansel Adams Gallery.

July 08, 2013
Missing Plane Located Near Vogelsang Peak in Yosemite National Park
The single engine plane that was reported missing over Yosemite National Park on Monday, December 17, 2012, has been located. The plane, which was largely intact, was spotted by a park visitor near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp on Saturday, July 6, 2013. The Vogelsang area is in the rugged high country of Yosemite National Park.

June 28, 2013
Yosemite National Park Launches New Website to Commemorate Special Park Anniversary
Yosemite National Park has launched a new website to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. The website, which can be found at www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary, provides an innovative way for community members, Yosemite staff, and interested parties to easily participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary that will take place starting September 2013 and last throughout 2014.

June 19, 2013
Snow Plants Video Episode Released
"Snow Plants," the latest episode of the popular Yosemite Nature Notes series, has been released. Each episode is about eight minutes and explores interesting and often little known stories about Yosemite National Park. This is the 21st episode of Yosemite Nature Notes.

June 13, 2013
Linda Eade Receives Prestigious Award at Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that Linda Eade, Yosemite Research Librarian, is the recipient of the 2012 Barry Hance Memorial Award. The award was presented during an all-employee meeting this morning in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients.

June 06, 2013
Prescribed Fire Upcoming in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley in the Taft Toe Area. The burn will start on, or around, June 18, 2013, and is dependent on weather conditions. Specifically, the burn area is located along Southside Drive between El Capitan Bridge and the Sentinel Beach picnic area. The total prescribed burn area will include 111 acres and is expected to last one to two days.

June 04, 2013
Sharing Traditions Exhibit in Yosemite Showcases 80 Years of Native Basketry Demonstrators and Art
A 36 inch-wide basket that took three years to hand weave, restored film footage of American Indian history in the 1920s and an oral history of native cultural demonstrators are among the items showcased in Sharing Traditions, a new exhibit at the Yosemite Museum celebrating the 80-year history of Yosemite National Park’s basket-weaving demonstrators and their role in conveying American Indian culture to the public.

June 03, 2013
Rock Climber Dies in Yosemite National Park
A twenty eight year old climber died in a rock climbing accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Felix Joseph Kiernan, from London, England, was climbing on the East Buttress of El Capitan, a popular climbing route in Yosemite Valley, when he was struck by a rock.

June 02, 2013
Visitor Swept Over Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, a visitor was witnessed being swept over the precipice of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park.

May 20, 2013
Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park in Place on Friday, May 24
The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 24, 2013, weather permitting. The cables provide access to the summit of Half Dome, one of Yosemite’s most popular hikes.

May 17, 2013
2013 Fire Season Begins in Yosemite National Park
The 2013 Fire Season in Yosemite National Park will begin on Monday, May 20, 2013. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond. Additionally, grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack the park received over the last two winter seasons, making for fire danger above average for this time of year.

May 10, 2013
East Entrance on Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Saturday, May 11
The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season tomorrow, Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. for all vehicular traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks.

May 07, 2013
Yosemite National Park Rangers Recover Body of Missing Hiker
Yosemite National Park Rangers have recovered the body of missing hiker Kenneth Stensby near the base of Vernal Fall. Stensby was fatally injured after falling from a cliff near the top of the waterfall. His body was discovered by Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Ranger personnel and was extricated at about 1:00 p.m. today.

May 06, 2013
Yosemite National Park Rangers Conduct Search for Missing Hiker
Yosemite National Park Rangers are conducting a search for a missing hiker, 73 year old Kenneth Stensby, who set off on a day hike early Sunday morning, May 5, en route to Vernal Fall. Stensby, an avid hiker from Edina, Minnesota, has been in the park for several days and is staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel. He left a note early Sunday morning informing the hotel staff that he was leaving for the hike early and expected to be back at the hotel by noon.

May 01, 2013
Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Friday, May 3
The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season Friday, May 3, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. There will be limited visitor services available at Glacier Point. Vault toilets will be available, and there will be no running water. There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground.

April 16, 2013
Yosemite National Park Extends Public Comment Period for the Merced River Plan
Yosemite National Park announces the extension of the public comment period for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management and Environmental Impact Statement (MRP) through Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Previously, the public comment period was slated to close on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

April 12, 2013
Wawona Prescribed Fire Postponed in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers have rescheduled a prescribed burn in the Wawona area for Monday, April 15, 2013. The burn, originally scheduled for the beginning of April, was postponed because of wet conditions. Ignition of the burn is dependent on weather and moisture levels.

April 09, 2013
NatureBridge Announces Wells Fargo Scholarships for Teens in California’s Central Valley
With a $10,000 grant from the Northern and Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Foundation, NatureBridge is proud to offer scholarship funding for high school students in California’s Central Valley for a two-week backcountry science expedition in Yosemite National Park.

April 09, 2013
Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2013)
Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day beginning on Saturday, April 20, through Sunday, April 28, 2013. Special events and activities are being sponsored and organized by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (the park’s primary concessioner), Yosemite Conservancy, and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

April 04, 2013
Yosemite Conservancy Announces New Outdoor Art Workshops and Live Theater Performances for 2013 in Yosemite National Park
New outdoor art workshops and captivating live theater performances add to the richness and drama of a visit to spectacular Yosemite National Park. Among the art and theater programs for 2013 announced today by Yosemite Conservancy are a new opportunity to paint amid the ancient Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, a gripping performance of how African-American cavalryman patrolled Yosemite’s wilderness years ago, and a thrilling first-hand account of rescues by park emergency response teams.

March 21, 2013
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park (2013)
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the southern portion of the park. The burn will start on Thursday, April 4, 2013 or later, and is dependent on weather conditions. Specifically, the burn area is located near the community of Wawona. The total prescribed burn area will include 150 acres. The prescribed area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the project. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2013 fire season.

March 20, 2013
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings and Webinar for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Draft Environmental Impact Statement
On Feburary 26, 2013, Yosemite National Park released the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Mariposa Grove DEIS)for public review and comment. The public comment period for the Mariposa Grove DEIS is open through Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The document is available for public review on the park's website.

March 05, 2013
Yosemite Conservancy Announces an Exciting Line-Up of Outdoor Adventures for 2013 to Explore Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Conservancy unveiled an exciting line-up of Outdoor Adventures for 2013 that give visitors a rare opportunity to experience Yosemite National Park’s glorious backcountry, wilderness, geology, art and culture in small groups led by renowned experts.

February 28, 2013
Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available for Reservation Starting March 1 (2013)
Half Dome cables day use permits for the 2013 hiking season will be available for reservation starting tomorrow, Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 31, 2013. Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week and reservations will be distributed via a lottery system. Successful parties will be notified in early April. A maximum of 300 hikers will be allowed on the Half Dome cables per day.

February 27, 2013
Yosemite National Park Tourism Creates Over $379 Million in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that over four million visitors to Yosemite National Park spent over $379 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 5,057 jobs in the local area.

February 26, 2013
Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review
Yosemite National Park releases the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Mariposa Grove DEIS) for public review and comment. The public comment period for the Mariposa Grove DEIS is open today through Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The document is available for public review on the park's website.

February 13, 2013
NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders
Registration is now open for two-week field research course. NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country.

February 04, 2013
Yosemite National Park’s Largest Glacier Stagnant
The Lyell Glacier, the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study conducted by scientists from the National Park Service and the University of Colorado. The adjacent Maclure Glacier is still moving at its historical rate, about one inch per day.

February 01, 2013
Yosemite National Park Announces Rehabilitation Plans for the Tioga Road
Yosemite National Park signs the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 41 miles of the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, and open seasonally, is a popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

January 23, 2013
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings and Webinars for the Draft Merced River Plan and Draft Tuolumne Meadows Plan
On Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Yosemite National Park released two Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plans and Environmental Impact Statements for the Merced River (MRP) and the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment. The public comment period for the TRP is open through Monday, March 18, 2013. The public comment period for the MRP is open through Thursday, April 18, 2013. Both documents, in their entirety, are available for public review on the park’s website.

January 15, 2013
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park on Monday, January 21, 2013. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday.

January 08, 2013
Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of Two Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plans
Yosemite National Park announces the release of two Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statements for the Merced River (MRP) and the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment. The public comment period for the MRP is open now through Thursday, April 18, 2013. The public comment period for the TRP is open now through Monday, March 18, 2013. Both documents, in their entirety, are available for public review on the park’s website beginning today.

January 04, 2013
Yosemite National Park Announces the New Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan
Yosemite National Park announces the signing of the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). This document records the decision of Yosemite National Park to adopt a new day-use permit program for the Half Dome Trail which includes continued use of the Half Dome cables. Hiking to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite National Park. The iconic granite monolith, at 8,842 feet above sea level, attracts people from all over the world who attempt to climb to the summit. Most visitors ascend Half Dome via the cables, which are typically in place from mid-May through mid-October.

December 27, 2012
Search for Missing Plane Suspended in Yosemite National Park
Single Engine Plane Missing Since Monday, December 17, 2012. The search for the missing plane over Yosemite National Park and adjacent areas has been suspended. The single engine plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon on Monday, December 17, over the North Dome area in the park. Search efforts throughout the week have failed to yield clues or evidence regarding the plane’s location.

December 20, 2012
Single Engine Plane Missing in Yosemite National Park Vicinity
Plane Last Accounted For Flying Near North Dome in Park on Monday, December 17, 2012. Yosemite National Park continues the search for a single engine plane that may have gone missing over the park on Monday, December 17, 2012. The plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon on December 17, near the North Dome area in the park.

December 12, 2012
Yosemite National Park Participates in 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count
Yosemite National Park is participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) to be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012. This is the 81st year that Yosemite is participating in the CBC and the park has contributed over 90,000 observations to this important and fun conservation event. The park joins this event with tens of thousands of volunteers from across the country every year.

December 03, 2012
Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park (2012)
The significant storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the weekend resulted in an estimated five and a half feet of snow accumulation in Tuolumne Meadows. Due to this significant storm, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.

November 19, 2012
Yosemite National Park Waterfalls Flowing Again
Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, and other waterfalls in Yosemite Valley are flowing again after a series of storms over the weekend produced just under two inches of rain in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls, which has been dry for several months due to an exceptionally dry year, is flowing again for the first time since mid-July. The park recorded one of the driest years on record, and the driest winter since 2007.

November 15, 2012
Yosemite National Park Hosts World Heritage Fellow
The Director of the Wadi Rum Protected Area in southern Jordan concludes his experience this week as a World Heritage Fellow in Yosemite National Park. Nasser Al Zawideh, who has worked at Wadi Rum for 15 years and served as its Director for the past year, heads home after spending a month in Yosemite learning about park operations and sharing his expertise on managing an iconic protected area. Wadi Rum Protected Area , like Yosemite National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fellowship Program is sponsored by U.S. Department of Interior's International Technical Assistance Program and the United States Agency for International Development funded Jordan Parks Project.

November 02, 2012
Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery to Hold Award Ceremony and Art Exhibition on November 17, 2012
Artwork Winners of Art and Poetry Contest to be Displayed at Gallery. Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery sponsored a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest from Monday, September, 17, 2012 to Friday, October 26, 2012. The contest is a way the park and the Ansel Adams Gallery can celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. Selected student artwork and poetry will be featured in an exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery, and students will be acknowledged at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

November 02, 2012
Yosemite National Park Seeks Short Stories to Help Commemorate the Park’s Upcoming Anniversaries
Stories to be Published in Book Designed to Honor Yosemite Grant’s 150 th Anniversary. Yosemite National Park is seeking amateur and professional writers to submit short stories that describe their memories and experiences at Yosemite National Park. One hundred and fifty of the stories will be chosen to be published in a commemorative book, intended to honor the 150 th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant in 2014. Short stories may range from haikus to up to 1,000 words. There is no fee to participate in the contest.

November 01, 2012
Lottery Registration Now Open for Yosemite’s Ostrander Ski Hut
Historic Ostrander Ski Hut Offers An Epic Winter Experience for Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Enthusiasts. Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012-2013 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a popular overnight destination for those making the stunning 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park.

November 01, 2012
Yosemite National Park to Waive Fees for Veterans Day Weekend (2012)
In celebration of Veterans Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission on Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States armed forces and their families.

October 23, 2012
Yosemite National Park Conducts Rescue on El Capitan
Yosemite National Park Rangers and Search and Rescue Personnel completed a high angle, high risk rescue on El Capitan, in Yosemite Valley, on Monday, October 22, 2012, in which a stranded Canadian climber was at risk for hypothermia. The summit of El Capitan, 7,569 feet above sea level, is the largest granite monolith in the world. This Yosemite icon attracts rock climbers from across the globe.

October 17, 2012
Yosemite National Park to Reopen Mirror Lake Loop Hiking Trail on October 18
Yosemite National Park will reopen the Mirror Lake Loop hiking trail tomorrow, Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. The five mile loop that follows Tenaya Creek around Mirror Lake in Yosemite Valley has been closed since March 28, 2009 due to a large rockfall from Ahwiyah Point near Half Dome.

October 15, 2012
Yosemite National Park Utilizes New Methods to Study Great Gray Owls
Among the diversity of wildlife in Yosemite National Park, approximately 150 Great Gray Owls call the park home. This is approximately 65% of the Great Gray Owl population in the state of California. The Great Gray Owl is a California State Endangered Species and is a large-bodied raptor that is also found in Asia and Europe. However, research has shown that the Sierra Nevada is home to a genetically distinct population of Great Gray Owls, with the proposed subspecies name of Strix nebulosa yosemitensis.

October 12, 2012
Yosemite National Park Historic Preservation Program Receives the 2011 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award
The Historic Preservation Program in Yosemite National Park was awarded the 2011 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award on September 19, 2012. The award recognizes expertise and outstanding contributions to cultural resource stewardship and management by permanent full-time employees of the National Park Service (NPS).

October 09, 2012
Missing Employee Located Alive in Yosemite National Park
Jessica Garcia, an employee of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., has been located alive after she was reported missing when she did not show up for work at the Wawona Hotel on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Garcia was located at approximately 1:00 p.m. this afternoon by a member of the Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Team less than two miles up the South Fork Drainage of the Merced River in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park. She was hiking off-trail in this rugged area of the park. She will be transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

October 08, 2012
Yosemite National Park Searching for Missing Park Employee
Yosemite National Park Rangers are searching for Jessica Rose Garcia, who did not show up for work at the Wawona Hotel. Garcia, a 23 year old female and an employee of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., was scheduled to work at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, October 7, 2012, and did not report for work. This was to be Jessica’s first day working at the Wawona Hotel.

October 04, 2012
Yosemite National Park Facelift Yields Over 20,000 Pounds of Trash
Approximately 1,150 Yosemite Facelift volunteers collected approximately 5,000 pounds of litter and 15,000 pounds of concrete, asphalt, and other large trash, at the ninth annual Yosemite Facelift event in Yosemite National Park. Dozens of miles of roadway, riverbed, and trails were cleaned. The annual event was held in the park from Tuesday, September 25 through Sunday, September 30, 2012.

October 03, 2012
Half Dome Cables To Be Taken Down in Yosemite National Park (2012)
The Half Dome Cables will be taken down for the season on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. The cables are taken down each October for the fall and winter season. The cables are proposed to be put back in place in the spring of 2013, as conditions permit.

October 01, 2012
Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at the Third Annual Awards Ceremony
Yosemite National Park conducted the third annual Yosemite Volunteer Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding volunteers who have donated their time, talent, and skills to protect and preserve park resources and provide excellent service to park visitors. The ceremony was held this past Saturday, September 29, 2012, in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park volunteers repaired trails, removed invasive plants, helped visitors during their visits, curated museum artifacts, educated hikers on backcountry ethics, researched wildlife, performed clerical work, and participated in search and rescue operations.

September 27, 2012
Yosemite National Park Ranger Shauna Potocky Wins Prestigious Award
Shauna Potocky, Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park, has been selected as a recipient of the Pacific West Region 2012 Freeman Tilden Award. The award was created to recognize a National Park Service (NPS) ranger who has successfully developed, revitalized, or delivered a specific interpretive or education program or project in a particularly effective and creative fashion. Potocky was specifically recognized for creating the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest.

September 14, 2012
Ninth Annual “Yosemite Facelift” Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 25 – 30, 2012
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the annual “Yosemite Facelift” event that is being held on Tuesday, September 25 through Sunday, September 30, 2012. 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 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.

September 14, 2012
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day (2012)
On Saturday, September 29, 2012 Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day. In commemoration of this special day, the park will waive park entrance fees for all park visitors.

September 06, 2012
Update: Yosemite National Park Continues Response to Hantavirus Cases
Yosemite National Park continues its public health response and outreach as a result of confirmed cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in individuals who spent one or more nights in the park between June 10 and late August of this year in the “Signature Tent Cabins” located in Curry Village. The National Park Service Office of Public Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health offices to heighten public health awareness and detection of the disease.

August 31, 2012
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Response Continues at Yosemite National Park (August 31, 2012)
Yosemite National Park continues to scale up its public health response and outreach as a result of six confirmed cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in individuals who visited the park in June of this year. The National Park Service Office of Public Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to heighten public health awareness and detection and has issued a call for cases to state and local health departments nationwide.

August 30, 2012
Hantavirus Found in Four More Visitors to Yosemite National Park
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today reported four additional cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), bringing the total number of people infected with the hantavirus who visited Yosemite National Park to six.

August 27, 2012
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Response Continues at Yosemite National Park
The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died, has prompted Yosemite National Park to scale up its public health response and outreach. The National Park Service Office of Public Health learned over the weekend of a confirmed third case, which resulted in a fatality, and probable fourth case, of hantavirus in individuals who visited Yosemite National Park in June of this year. An outreach effort is currently underway by the park concessioner to contact visitors who stayed in “Signature Tent Cabins” at Curry Village from mid-June through the end of August. These individuals are being informed of the recent cases and are being advised to seek immediate medical attention if they exhibit any symptoms of hantavirus.

August 23, 2012
Body of Missing Six Year Old Boy Recovered in Yosemite National Park
The body of Jacob Adams, a six year old boy who was swept into the Merced River on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, has been recovered today. Jacob was wading in the Merced River with his ten year old brother, Andres “Andy” Adams, near the Vernal Fall Footbridge when they were swept downstream. Andy was pulled from the river by a park visitor shortly after the incident and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

August 20, 2012
The National Park Service is turning 96!
Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) by holding a series of activities focused on “What NPS Rangers do” on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The activities will be held at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and will include presentations on Search and Rescue, Fire Management, Education, Resource Management and Science, and more.

August 17, 2012
Search Efforts Continue for Missing Boy in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Rangers continue to search for Jacob Adams, a 6 year old boy from Orange County, California. Jacob, visiting the park with an extended family group, hiked to the Vernal Fall Footbridge on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Jacob, and his ten year old brother, were swept into the Merced River near the footbridge at 3:00 p.m. The ten year old was pulled from the river by a park visitor approximately 150 yards below the footbridge. The visitor, along with National Park Rangers, performed CPR and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. An intensive search began immediately for Jacob, and he has not been located.

August 16, 2012
CDPH Press Release: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Found in Two California Residents
The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died, has prompted Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, to remind Californians to take precautions to prevent exposure to the virus that causes HPS at their places of residence, work, and recreation.

August 16, 2012
Search and Rescue in Progress on Merced River
A ten year old boy was pronounced dead and a six year old boy remains missing following an incident near the Vernal Fall Footbridge in Yosemite National Park yesterday.

August 14, 2012
Yosemite Conservancy to Fund Youth Programs with $1.3 Million
An innovative program that inspires underserved children to care for the outdoors using photography as a teaching tool and another that encourages teenagers to seek careers as environmental stewards though hands-on internships are among nine new and established Youth in Yosemite programs that will benefit from $1.3 million provided by Yosemite Conservancy.

July 06, 2012
Yosemite National Park Requests Visitor Help to Protect Newborn Animals
Yosemite National Park is requesting help from visitors to protect newborn animals in the park. During the summer months, many baby birds, fawns, and other young wildlife can be found on the ground. They may appear to be in distress, but are not sick, injured, or abandoned. If moved from their location, the parents cannot care for their offspring and many of the young animals do not survive. If spotted on the ground, these animals should not be moved or handled.

June 29, 2012
Yosemite National Park Seeking Volunteers for Habitat Protector Program (2012)
Yosemite National Park is seeking volunteers to become a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer. The park’s Resources Management and Science Division and Facilities Management Division is seeking help from the interested people to assist in preserving, restoring, and enjoying the natural resources in Yosemite Valley. Volunteers will be working alongside experienced Park Rangers and explore some of the park’s most precious resources in Yosemite Valley. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program.

June 20, 2012
Barry Hance Memorial Award Given at Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced last week that Tolley Gorham, Telecommunications Specialist, and Karen Glenn, Budget Analyst, are the recipients of the 2011 Barry Hance Memorial Award. Although the award is presented to one Yosemite employee annually, the Awards Committee felt that two nominees were deserving of the award. Therefore, for the first time since the award was created, the Awards Committee presented two Barry Hance awards. The awards were given during an all employees meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients.

June 19, 2012
Tenaya Lake Area in Yosemite the Focus of Major Restoration Work
Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake, once called “Lake of the Shining Rocks,” will sparkle even more brightly following major restoration efforts this summer to its east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails with funding provided by Yosemite Conservancy.

June 15, 2012
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park (6/2012)
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the north western portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The ignition of the fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 220 acres and be split into two units. The prescribed area is at the optimal fuel moisture level to successfully complete the project. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2012 fire season.

June 14, 2012
Yosemite National Park and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Publish Quantitative Rockfall Hazard and Risk Assessment for Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park and USGS scientists, in collaboration with academic geologists, recently completed a comprehensive study of rockfall hazard and risk in Yosemite Valley. This internationally peer-reviewed study utilized new data and technologies to map the cliffs and talus slopes, date ancient rockfalls, and perform computer simulations of potential future rockfalls. This information was used to identify a rockfall hazard line on the valley floor. Existing structures within this line were evaluated using a numerical “risk metric” that quantifies the risk posed to human life and safety. This study represents the first time that rockfall risk has been quantitatively assessed in Yosemite Valley.

June 08, 2012
Yosemite National Park Unveils New Exhibit Featuring Early Landscape Paintings
Yosemite National Park announces a new exhibit entitled Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries which opened to the public on Monday, June 4, 2012. The exhibit will run until Sunday, September 30, 2012. It is located in the Yosemite Valley Museum (adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center) and features paintings from Yosemite National Park’s extensive museum collection. Early artists Thomas Ayres, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran are featured in the exhibit, as well as 20th century artists Chiura Obata and Gunnar Widforss. Contemporary pieces by Jane Culp, Gregory Kondos and Richard Richards are also included.

June 05, 2012
Yosemite Conservancy Unveils New Summer Art and Theater Programs For All Ages in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Conservancy has unveiled an exciting summer line up of new art and theater programs for all ages in Yosemite National Park.

May 31, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces Fee Free Day on Saturday, June 9
Yosemite National Park announces that entrance to Yosemite National Park will be free on Saturday, June, 9, 2012. The fee free day is in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, which offers opportunities for families to experience outdoor activities. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to encourage first-time visitors to visit public lands and also to reconnect young people with nature.

May 22, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces Beginning of 2012 Fire Season
Yosemite fire managers have announced the 2012 Fire Season began yesterday, Monday, May 21. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond. Additionally, grasses and other vegetation at the lower elevations have begun to dry out. This year, vegetation is drying out faster than average due to the low snowpack the park received over the winter.

May 22, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces Half Dome Cables in Place on Friday, May 25, 2012
The cables allowing access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 25, 2012, weather permitting.

May 21, 2012
Missing Hiker Found in Yosemite National Park (5/2012)
John Paul Chaufan Field, the missing hiker in Yosemite National Park, has been found safe and in good condition. He was spotted by the park’s contract helicopter at approximately 3:15 p.m. this afternoon near Edith Lake, approximately five miles east of Kibbie Lake, the point where he was last seen.

May 21, 2012
Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Hiker
Yosemite National Park is searching for John Paul Chaufan Field, 22 years old, a college student who is attending the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). Chaufan Field was last seen near Kibbie Lake in the Hetch Hetchy area of northwestern Yosemite National Park. He was last seen on Saturday, May 19, where he was on a backpacking trip with a group of fellow students from UCSC, who were conducting an outdoor recreation trip.

May 16, 2012
National Park Service Offers Free Entrance Passes to All Active Duty United States Military Members and Dependents
To show appreciation for those who serve in the United States (U.S) Military, the National Park Service (NPS) will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents. The annual pass will be offered for the first time beginning Saturday, May 19, 2012, which is Armed Forces Day.

May 16, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces Innovative Program to Address Transportation Issues
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces an innovative partnership with gateway communities designed to enhance visits to the Yosemite region and reduce traffic congestion. Each of the four primary gateways to the park, along Highways 120 east and west, Highway 41, and Highway 140, has designed a program tailored to their specific community. The objective of these programs is to entice visitors to spend time in the communities before and after their Yosemite visit, which will help ease traffic congestion and expand parking availability within the park.

May 14, 2012
New Yosemite Falls Webcam Provides a Spectacular View of North America’s Highest Waterfall
The majesty of Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall, can now be viewed on Yosemite Conservancy's website thanks to a new webcam. The nonprofit organization is connecting people to Yosemite National Park using webcams and a variety of technologies.

May 11, 2012
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the northwest Wawona area in the southern portion of the park on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The ignition of the burn is dependent on weather conditions. Favorable weather is expected throughout the week, which will allow for optimal smoke dispersion. The total prescribed fire area will include 846 acres and is estimated to take several days to one week to complete. This will be the first prescribed fire of the 2012 fire season.

May 02, 2012
Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2012)
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the Tioga Road will open for the season on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. However, due to damage sustained to two transmission lines, the Tuolumne Meadows area will be without electrical power and visitor services until repairs can be made.

April 30, 2012
Yosemite National Park Participates in a Climate Friendly Bike Program
Yosemite National Park has initiated a commuter bike program in El Portal for employees that live within biking distance from work. Beginning last year, the park has made 20 multi-speed touring bikes available in which National Park Service (NPS) employees can check-out and us to commute to work, thus reducing transportation emissions. This also helps alleviate parking congestion issues in El Portal. The program is a partnership with Sustainable Actions and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

April 19, 2012
Glacier Point Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2012)
The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season on tomorrow, Friday, April 20, at 5:00 p.m. There will be limited visitor services available at Glacier Point. Vault toilets will be available, and there will be no running water. There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground.

April 18, 2012
Yosemite Medical Clinic to Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs
The Yosemite Medical Clinic and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will accept unwanted prescription drugs from members of the public on Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The public is asked to bring in any unwanted, expired, and unused prescription drugs for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The Yosemite Medical Clinic is located in Yosemite Valley and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

April 17, 2012
National Parks Institute Seeks Solutions for a New Generation
More than two dozen executives from around the world who are responsible for conservation of some of the most treasured places on earth are coming to California for help in making sure there’s a future for national parks.

April 17, 2012
Yosemite National Park Celebrates 4th Annual “Save the Frogs Day”
Yosemite National Park will be hosting the “Save the Frogs Day” on Saturday, April 28, 2012 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and lasting throughout the day. The public is cordially invited to participate in a day filled with interpretive nature walks, educational booths, films, and special guests, which are all centered on amphibian awareness. All of the events are free and originate in Yosemite Village in front of the Visitor Center. The event is sponsored by the National Park Service, the National Wildlife Federation, Save The Frogs, and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

April 16, 2012
Fresno State Students Urge Their Peers to Visit and Cherish Yosemite National Park
Fresno State’s advanced public relations students are launching a multi- faceted public relations campaign encouraging students to safely visit and cherish Yosemite National Park. The “Escape, Explore, Exhale: 90 Miles to Your Wild Side” campaign targets young adults and invites Fresno State students to delve into nature and discover the natural beauty of the park this April.

April 13, 2012
Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary Logo Unveiled in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park unveiled the logo for the Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary during a ceremony yesterday, April 12, at Yosemite Lodge. Approximately 120 people attended the ceremony, which was held during the quarterly Yosemite Gateway Partners Meeting. The logo was created to help the park plan for the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, which will be commemorated on June 30, 2014. Park Superintendent Don Neubacher and representatives of the gateway communities unveiled the logo.

April 10, 2012
Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2012)
Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day beginning Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. Many special events and activities are being sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (the park’s primary concessioner), and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

March 19, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces the Preliminary Alternative Concepts Workbook is now Available on the Park’s Website
Yosemite National Park announces the availability of the Preliminary Alternative Concepts Workbook for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan (MRP) on the park’s website today. Hard copies of the workbook will be available next week. The goal of the MRP is to provide visitor access and protect resources within the Merced River corridor. The document provides a look at the preliminary alternative concepts of the MRP. This is the first opportunity for the general public to see what the park has developed, incorporating scientific analysis and public comment. These preliminary alternatives will be refined and become a part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the MRP, which will be released in the fall. Copies of the workbook will also be provided to each individual attending the Workshops/Site Visits.

March 12, 2012
Yosemite National Park Ranger James Daniel Abbe Receives Valor Award
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented several prestigious Department of the Interior Valor Awards and the Citizen’s Awards for Bravery to National Park Service rangers, staff and citizens at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week. Among the recipients was James Daniel (Dan) Abbe, a Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park.

March 08, 2012
Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Offers Academic Enrichment and Wilderness Adventure
NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration today for its Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. The course consists of a two-week backpacking trip where teenage participants create and carry out their own ecological research project and learn about the natural history of the Sierra Nevada.

March 08, 2012
Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park to Reopen on Saturday, March 10, 2012
Yosemite National Park announces that the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 within the park) will reopen both lanes of traffic at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The closure and road repairs were necessary after a large rockslide severely damaged the road on Sunday, January 22, 2012.

February 29, 2012
John Muir Descendent to Retrace Yosemite Valley Hike as One of Yosemite Conservancy’s Outdoor Adventures for 2012
Imagine strolling through Yosemite Valley some 140 years ago with naturalist John Muir listening to his poetic descriptions of Half Dome and learning about his legendary adventures. As one of Yosemite Conservancy’s unique Outdoor Adventures in 2012, visitors to Yosemite National Park can take a step back in time by retracing Muir’s steps with his great-great-grandson Robert Hanna and Muir actor Frank Helling. The four-mile hike this April will explore where Muir lived and worked in Yosemite Valley, and his favorite spots and discoveries.

February 29, 2012
Yosemite National Park = visitors, money and jobs
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 4 million visitors in 2010 spent $354.7 million in Yosemite National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported more than 4,600 jobs in the area.

February 27, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Project
Yosemite National Park announces the signing of the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). This document records the decision of the National Park Service to remove the remaining 72 structures within the closed rockfall hazard zone at Curry Village. This action was described as Alternative 1 – Remove All Structures in the environmental assessment (EA) that was released for public review in August 2011.

February 17, 2012
Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park to Close for Rockslide Repairs
Yosemite National Park announces that the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) within the park will close at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, for the park to repair damage to the road caused by a large rockslide on January 22, 2012. The closure, in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week, is expected to last until early April. Crews will be working around the clock which necessitates a “hard-closure.”

February 16, 2012
Yosemite National Park Releases Environmental Assessment for the White Wolf Lodge Rehabilitation Project
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the White Wolf Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will be available for public review and comment from tomorrow, Friday, February 17, 2012, to Friday, March 23, 2012. The purpose of the White Wolf Lodge Rehabilitation Project is to improve the structural stability, accessibility, and operational efficiency of the main building and duplex cabins.

February 16, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Workshops, Site visits, and Webinars on the Merced River Plan
Yosemite National Park announces a series of Public Workshops, Site Visits, and Webinars for the public to engage in the alternative development process for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River (MRP). The meetings are a continuation of the park's outreach efforts from last fall in which the public was asked to provide input on what they would like to see included in the management alternatives evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to be released later this year. The MRP is a very important plan and will guide the future management of Yosemite within the Merced River corridor. These spring workshops will be yet another chance for the public to review work in progress and provide input directly to park planners about a range of conceptual approaches to protecting river values and managing use within the corridor.

January 27, 2012
Highway 120 – Big Oak Flat Road Set to Reopen in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park announces that the Big Oak Flat Road (the continuation of Highway 120) within the park will reopen tomorrow morning, January 28, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. The park’s Roads and Trails Crew worked throughout the week to clear the road of debris and rocks after a large rockfall occurred late last Sunday evening, January 22, 2012. Two lanes have been reestablished on the road and it will be open to unrestricted traffic tomorrow morning.

January 26, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan
Yosemite National Park announces the signing of The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to adopt a long-term plan for the rehabilitation of The Ahwahnee (described as Alternative 3 in environmental assessment released for public review in July 2011). Yosemite National Park announces the signing of The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to adopt a long-term plan for the rehabilitation of The Ahwahnee.

January 24, 2012
Yosemite National Park Releases Environmental Assessment for Hiking to Half Dome
Yosemite National Park announces the availability of the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Draft Environmental Assessment for public review. Public comments on the plan will be accepted from today, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 through Thursday, March 15, 2012. The Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan was developed to address crowded conditions, visitor experience, and safety on the Half Dome Trail and encompasses the two mile section from the John Muir Trail to the summit of Half Dome.

January 23, 2012
Highway 120 Big Oak Flat Road Closed in Yosemite National Park
Due to a large rockfall that occurred at approximately 11:30 last evening, the Big Oak Flat Road (the continuation of Highway 120) is closed in Yosemite National Park. The road is closed between the Foresta Junction on Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Rd.) and the Highway 120/140 (El Portal Road) Junction. Yosemite Valley remains accessible via Highway 140 (El Portal Road) coming from Merced/ Mariposa and via Highway 41(Wawona Rd.) coming from Fresno/ Oakhurst. The Tioga Road remains closed. Foresta Road, between Foresta and El Portal, is not accessible. Yosemite National Park remains open. With a winter storm currently in the park, chain restrictions are in place on some park roads . For 24 hour road and weather information, please call (209)372-0200. The Big Oak Flat Road will remain closed indefinitely.

January 17, 2012
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Close this Evening
The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will close at 7:00 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, January 17, 2012. A series of wet weather systems, with the possibility of heavy snow at the higher elevations, are predicated over the next several days. This possible precipitation, coupled with cold temperatures, will result in hazardous driving conditions on the road.

January 13, 2012
Yosemite National Park Announces Extension of Interim Permit Program for the Half Dome Cables
Yosemite National Park will require Day Use Permits seven days per week for climbing the Half Dome cables during the summer 2012 season. This is an extension of the interim permit system that was implemented beginning in 2010. Permits will be required seven days per week to ascend the Half Dome cables. This is part of an interim program designed to address crowding and safety issues on the cables.

January 06, 2012
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend 2012
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park starting Saturday, January 14 through Monday, January 16, 2012. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday weekend.

December 15, 2011
Yosemite National Park Rangers Staffing in Gateway Community Visitor Centers
Yosemite National Park announces that Park Rangers will be staffing visitor centers in the gateway communities of Mariposa, Oakhurst, and Groveland from Saturday, December 17, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012. Park Rangers will be helping to staff the Mariposa Visitor Center, the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst, and the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce in Groveland. The hours of each of the visitor centers varies.

December 14, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Extension of the Public Scoping Period for the Mariposa Grove Restoration
Yosemite National Park announces the extension of the public scoping period for the Mariposa Grove Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will close on Friday, February 3, 2012. The socping her period has been open since August, 2011. The Mariposa Grove is the largest of the three giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) groves in Yosemite National Park and was part of the original Yosemite Grant signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 (the rest of the grant included Yosemite Valley). The park is asking for the public to help park managers identify issues and concerns that they would like considered for preparation of the EIS.

December 07, 2011
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Reopen (2011)
After a temporary closure, the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public at 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, December 07, 2011. The Tioga Road, the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada in the northern portion of the park, has been temporarily closed due a high wind event in the Yosemite area.

December 06, 2011
Body Recovered in Yosemite National Park Positively Identified
Yosemite National Park has positively identified the body of Ramina Badal, 21 year old female, of Manteca, CA. Badal was found in the Merced River, approximately 120 yards below the Vernal Fall footbridge, by a Yosemite National Park Ranger at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011. The footbridge is located approximately a half mile below the base of Vernal Fall.

December 05, 2011
Body of Missing Man Recovered in Yosemite National Park (2011)
Yosemite National Park has positively identified the body of Ninos Yacoub, 27 year old male, of Turlock, CA. Yacoub was found in the Merced River, approximately 100 yards below the Vernal Fall footbridge, by a Yosemite National Park Ranger at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. The footbridge is located approximately a half mile below the base of Vernal Fall.

December 02, 2011
Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park Reopens
After a temporary closure, the Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park has reopened to the public at 11:00 a.m. today, Friday, December 02, 2011. The Hetch Hetchy Road was temporarily closed on Wednesday, November 30 due to a high wind warning in the Yosemite area. Several trees fell along the roadway during the event, causing blocked access to the Hetch Hetchy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy area. Forestry crews were able to access the area this morning and clear the roadway of any remaining debris.

November 30, 2011
Tioga and Hetch Hetchy Roads to Temporarily Close in Yosemite National Park
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east of the Crane Flat Gas Station) and the Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closing tonight, Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. A high wind warning has been issued for the Yosemite area starting tonight, through Friday morning, December 2, that may impact driving conditions along the roadway. The Tioga Road and the Hetch Hetchy Road will remain closed until further assessments can be made. An announcement will be made pending additional road closure changes.

November 25, 2011
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Reopen
After a temporary closure, the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public at 1:00 p.m. today, Friday, November 25, 2011. The Tioga Road, the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada in the northern portion of the park, has been temporarily closed due to snow and ice. The Tioga Road can close at any time due to winter weather and hazardous driving conditions. Visitors are urged to drive with caution as there may still be ice and snow along the roadway.

November 23, 2011
Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park Closed for the Season
The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park is closed for the season due to ice and snow. The road is currently closed at the Chinquapin and Wawona Road (Highway 41) junction, and will open to Badger Pass once the ski area becomes open. The Tioga Road remains closed at this time due to ice and snow. A winter storm is expected in the Yosemite region Thursday evening and into Friday morning. Over the weekend, the road will be reassessed and there is a slight possibility it will reopen. If the road reopens, the park will issue a news release. All roads within the Yosemite National Park are subject to chain control or temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. Tire chains may be required at any time during the fall and winter season. It is strongly recommended that all motorists carry tire chains while driving in the park during the fall and winter months. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.

November 18, 2011
Yosemite National Park Extends Comment Period for the Alternatives Development of the Merced River Plan
Yosemite National Park is currently working on developing alternatives for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River (MRP). This plan will provide the framework for management decisions regarding the Merced River and the Merced River Corridor in Yosemite National Park. The park contains 81 miles of the Merced River, which was designated a Wild and Scenic River in 1987.

November 16, 2011
Yosemite National Park Reopens Roads
After a temporary closure, the Tioga Road in Yosemite National park reopened to the public at noon today, Wednesday, November 16, 2011. The Tioga Road, the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada in the northern portion of the park, has been temporarily closed since November 3, 2011 due to an early season snowstorm that dropped almost a foot of snow in the higher elevations.

November 10, 2011
Lottery for Space at Historic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite National Park Ends Nov. 16
Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a popular overnight destination for those making the stunning 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park.

November 03, 2011
Yosemite National Park to Waive Fees for Veterans Day Weekend
In celebration of Veterans Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission on Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2011. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current and retired members of the United States armed forces and their families.

November 03, 2011
Three Roads in Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Overnight
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 east of the Crane Flat Gas Station), the Glacier Point Road, and the Mariposa Grove Road in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closing tonight, Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued and will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. this evening until 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Up to seven inches of snow is expected above 6,000 feet in elevation. Temperature lows are expected to be 11° Fahrenheit tonight, and 5° Fahrenheit by Friday night.

October 18, 2011
NatureBridge Continues to Build Dynamic Management Team
NatureBridge, the largest non-profit residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, is pleased to name Kristina Rylands as the new NatureBridge director in Yosemite National Park. Additionally, after more than 20 years as a member of the NatureBridge family, the former Director, Leigh Westerlund, branches into a new role as vice president of operations.

October 18, 2011
Prescribed Burn Rescheduled in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the southern portion of the park near Bishop Creek and Rail Creek along the Wawona Road, on Monday, October 24, 2011. The original burn date was scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2011, but was canceled due to rainy and snowy conditions in the area. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on favorable weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 5,224 acres. The burn area will be broken up into segments, with Segment A being ignited on Monday, and will include 1,400 acres. The remaining acres will be burned at future dates. Fire engines, water tenders, and fire crews from Yosemite National Park and the U.S. Forest Service will be present during all fire activity.

October 17, 2011
Yosemite National Park Herbarium Goes Online
Yosemite National Park announces the Herbarium of the Yosemite Museum has joined the Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH) to provide online access of Yosemite plant specimens to both the scientific community and the general public. It is the first National Park Service herbarium, and the 22nd California herbarium, whose data for vascular plant specimens is included in CCH. This is an online searchable database of herbarium specimen information, and can be found at http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/consortium/about.html.

October 14, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Merced River Plan Fall Workshops
Public Encouraged to Help Develop Alternatives for the Plan Yosemite National Park is currently working on developing alternatives for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River (MRP). This plan will provide the framework for management decisions regarding the Merced River and the Merced River Corridor in Yosemite National Park. The park contains 81 miles of the Merced River, which was designated a Wild and Scenic River in 1987.

October 05, 2011
Yosemite National Park Begins Pile Burning (Oct. 2011)
Yosemite National Park will start debris pile burning today, October 5, 2011. Pile burning locations will initially include the communities of Foresta, El Portal, and Wawona. Other pile burning locations include Chinquapin, the Merced Grove, the Mariposa Grove, and along many park roads throughout the park.

October 05, 2011
Yosemite National Park to Participate in Action Research Collaborative (Oct. 2011)
Yosemite National Park, in collaboration with Breaking Barriers, will participate in two community forums in Merced and Fresno. These forums are designed to explore socioeconomic and cultural barriers to outdoor activity participation.

October 05, 2011
Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at the Second Annual Awards Ceremony
The second annual Yosemite Volunteer Awards ceremony took place on Saturday, September 24, 2011, in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was conducted to recognize outstanding volunteers who have donated their time, talent, and skills to help improve the park. Yosemite National Park volunteers repaired trails, removed invasive plants, helped visitors during their visits, curated museum artifacts, educated hikers on backcountry ethics, researched wildlife, performed clerical work, and participated in search and rescue operations.

October 03, 2011
Yosemite Conservancy Provides $9.3 Million in Support to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Conservancy provided $9.3 million in support to Yosemite National Park during the last year to fund projects and programs ranging from trail restoration and wildlife protection to art, youth, and educational programming.

September 30, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Site Visit for the Mariposa Grove Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Yosemite National Park has scheduled a public site visit for the Mariposa Grove Restoration Project on Friday, October 14, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The site visit will include a guided walk through the lower portion of the Mariposa Grove where park staff will discuss the project, the history of the Mariposa Grove, and ecology of giant sequoias. The public is encouraged to share ideas about how to improve the overall visitor experience and protect resources in and around the grove. People wishing to attend this site visit should meet in front of the Mariposa Grove Gift Shop and come prepared for hiking in fall weather conditions. Park entrance fees will be waived at the entrance stations for those attending the site walk.

September 29, 2011
Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the southern portion of the park near Bishop Creek along the Wawona Road, on Friday, September 30, 2011. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 5,224 acres. The burn area will be broken up into segments, with Segment A being ignited on Friday, and will include 1,400 acres. Fire engines, water tenders, and fire crews from Yosemite National Park will be present during all fire activity.

September 28, 2011
Yosemite National Park Continues Concession Contract for Visitor Services
The National Park Service (NPS) has continued the contract with DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. to provide visitor services within the park from October 1, 2011 through January 31, 2015. The previous contract extension expires on September 30, 2011. The park is continuing the process of developing a new prospectus for visitor services.

September 28, 2011
Yosemite National Park Successfully Conducts Rescue on El Capitan
Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue Park Rangers completed a complex, high angle, helicopter rescue on El Capitan on Monday afternoon, September 26, 2011, in which an Austrian climber severed his thumb.

September 22, 2011
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery are sponsoring a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest to celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, attending a school or youth program associated with the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park. Interested parties should submit artwork and poetry no later than Friday, October 7, 2011.

September 22, 2011
Yosemite National Park to Participate in Action Research Collaborative
Yosemite National Park, in collaboration with Breaking Barriers, will participate in a community forum in Mariposa designed to explore socioeconomic and cultural barriers to outdoor activity participation. The meeting will be held at the Ethos Youth Center in Mariposa, California, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (with the focus on youth) and 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (with the focus on the larger community). A pizza dinner and beverages will be provided. The Ethos Youth Center is located at: 5079 Highway 140, Suite B, Mariposa, CA 95338.

September 13, 2011
Eighth Annual “Yosemite Facelift” Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 21-25, 2011
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the "Yosemite Facelift" being held on Wednesday, September 21 through Sunday, September 25, 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 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.

September 13, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces the Invasive Plant Management Plan Update Finding of No Significant Impact is Available for Public Review
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces that the Invasive Plant Management Plan Update Environmental Assessment (IPMP Update) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is available for public review. The decision of the National Park Service (NPS) to adopt a plan for protecting park natural and cultural resources from non-native invasive species is described in the Selected Action of the FONSI. Alternative 2 of the IPMP Update (Add Four Herbicides and Address Limitations of Existing Plan) has been determined not to have a significant effect on the human environment. The purpose of the IPMP Update is to build upon the 2008 Invasive Plant Management Plan (2008 IPMP) in order to better protect the park’s natural and cultural resources from invasive plants. Like the existing plan, it provides a framework for programmatic invasive plant management decision-making, and continues invasive plant management efforts that were began in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The IPMP Update adds four herbicides for use in the park and addresses limitations in the 2008 IPMP. Individual patch size and density limits for herbicide use, which limited ability to treat infestations while they are still small were removed. Also, methods were refined for treating invasive species in sensitive areas such as traditional gathering areas, near water, and in designated wilderness. The IPMP Update was available for public review from December 15, 2010 through January 30, 2011. Public comments and NPS responses are documented in the Invasive Plant Management Plan Update Plan Public Comment and Response Report. Clarifications, corrections and changes made to the IPMP Update following its release and public review are described in the Errata Sheets. The documents mentioned here are available electronically through the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment system (PEPC) at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkID=347&projectId=23812. Implementation of the 2010 Update will begin in September of 2011. Work plans, which notify the public about the times, locations, methods and tools for planned management efforts, will be posted for public review before the start of each treatment season. These plans are available on the Invasive Plant Management Program web page at http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/invasive-plant-management.htm. More information about the Invasive Plant Management Program Plan can be accessed from the Yosemite at http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/invasive.htm. Printed copies of the FONSI are available, and requests can be submitted by mail to: Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, Attention: Invasive Plant Management Plan Update, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389; or fax (209) 379-1294. Yosemite National Park will host the next monthly Open House on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Valley Visitor Center Auditorium behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Copies of the FONSI will be available. Park staff will be present to answer questions regarding this and other park planning efforts.

September 09, 2011
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day (2011)
On Saturday, September 24, 2011 Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day. In commemoration of this special day, the park will waive park entrance fees for all park visitors.

September 08, 2011
Campaign Improves Popular Trails in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Conservancy and the National Park Service announced the completion of a $13.5 million campaign to restore popular hiking trails in Yosemite National Park from Yosemite Valley to the rugged backcountry of the High Sierra.

September 04, 2011
Yosemite National Park Concludes Search for Missing Person
Yosemite National Park search for 69 year old Gene R. Hall concluded at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 3, when Hall was found dead in his tent. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but appears to be from natural causes. Searchers located the tent off-trail near Fletcher Lake, which is in the vicinity of Vogelsang. Hall had been hiking alone in the Vogelsang area and had been missing since Thursday, September 1, when he failed to show up for a previously scheduled engagement.

September 03, 2011
Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Person Near Vogelsang
Yosemite National Park is searching for 69 year old Gene R. Hall, from Olympia, Washington. Hall was last seen in the Vogelsang area where he was hiking alone. He has been missing since Thursday, September 1, when he failed to show up at his vehicle.

August 30, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces the Public Scoping for the Mariposa Grove Restoration Plan
Yosemite National Park announces the opening of public scoping for the Mariposa Grove Restoration Plan Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The scoping period will begin Wednesday, August 31, 2001 and extend through Saturday, October 15, 2011. Comments will be used to assist the park in a plan that will meet the purpose and need of the project.

August 29, 2011
Evacuations Lifted in El Portal
Due to significant progress that has been made in extinguishing the Motor Fire west of Yosemite National Park in the Merced River Canyon, the Evacuation Order for residents of Rancheria, Incline Road, Cedar Lodge, and the Trailer Court, has been lifted as of 9:00 P.M. this evening. This applies to residents only. Additionally, Highway 140, one of the main entrances into Yosemite National Park, will be open for all traffic beginning tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m (eastbound traffic, into the park, will commence at 6:00 a.m., and the westbound traffic, toward Mariposa, will commence at 6:45 a.m.). The road will be open to all vehicular traffic, without restrictions.

August 26, 2011
Yosemite National Park Remains Open (August 2011)
Yosemite National Park remains fully open and operational while a wildfire burns west of the park in Mariposa County. Although the Highway 140 entrance into the park is closed, Highways 120 and 41 remain open and all visitor services are available within the park. Additionally, the Tioga Road remains open for visitors entering the park via Highway 395.

August 24, 2011
Yosemite’s Historic Wawona Hotel Fountains Spring to Life
With its white wooden buildings, verandas and sprawling green lawns, Yosemite's Wawona Hotel cradles its visitors in Victorian elegance. Two signature features of this National Landmark — the stone fountain in front of the hotel and a fountain at the entrance to the adjacent Thomas Hill Studio — have again sprung to life after major rehabilitation projects.

August 24, 2011
Man Who Fell Off Half Dome Identified
On Monday evening, August 22, 2011, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center received a report of a person falling off the face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Due to the late hour, Yosemite National Park Rangers were unable to initiate search efforts. Yesterday, August 23, 2011, the victim’s body was spotted via helicopter and Park Rangers extricated the victim from the base of Half Dome.

August 12, 2011
Lightning Caused Fire in Yosemite National Park Continue to Burn
On Sunday, July 31, 2011, Yosemite National Park experienced several lightning caused fires. Several fires were suppressed and one fire, the Avalanche Fire, is currently being managed for multiple objectives. The fire is located in the Avalanche Creek drainage, near the Glacier Point Road, within designated wilderness. The fire is currently at 715 acres and continues to be managed for multiple objectives, including resource values, community protection, and firefighter safety. Yosemite experienced higher than average precipitation during the 2010-11 winter season. The spring and summer season has been relatively cool, providing high fuel moistures, and continued late snowmelt. These conditions provide opportunities for Yosemite Fire Crews to treat hazardous fuels in the park.

August 11, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces the Scenic Vista Management Plan Finding of No Significant Impact to be Released for Public Review
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces the Scenic Vista Management Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is available for public review. This document records the decision of the National Park Service to restore and protect scenic resources as described in the Selected Action of the FONSI. The purpose of the plan is to develop a systematic program to document, protect, and reestablish Yosemite’s important viewpoints and vistas, consistent with the natural processes and human influences that created them. This plan considers which vistas the park will treat, how the park will prioritize treatments, and the extent and intensity of treatments.

August 11, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation
Yosemite National Park announces the signing of the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). This document records the decision of the National Park Service (NPS) to adopt a plan for the rehabilitation of Badger Pass Ski Lodge as described under the Selected Action (Alternative 3 – Rehabilitation and Improvements) in the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). The FONSI, EA, and errata sheets are available at http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/badgerlodge.htm.

August 10, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces the White Wolf Lodge and Duplex Cabins Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment Open for Public Comment
Yosemite National Park announces the opening of public scoping for the White Wolf Lodge and Duplex Cabins Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). The scoping period will begin August 15, 2011 through September 4, 2011. Comments will be used to assist the park in assessing feasible project alternatives that meet the purpose and need of the plan, including a no action alternative, and analyzing the environmental effects of each alternative.

August 09, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Availability of the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Environmental Assessment for Public Review
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will be available for public review and comment from August 8, 2011 through September 9, 2011. The EA addresses the future disposition of 72 structures that were previously closed by the Yosemite National Park following rockfall events in 2008. A digital copy of the EA is available on the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CurryRockfall. The public is also invited to discuss the project with park staff on August 31, 2011, at the park’s monthly Open House at the East Valley Auditorium behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

August 06, 2011
Body of Missing Man Recovered in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park has recovered the body of Hormiz David, a 22 year old male from Modesto, CA. David was found in the Merced River, approximately 240 feet from the base of Vernal Fall by Yosemite Rangers and Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel at approximately 1:00 p.m. yesterday, August 5, 2011. Recovery operations took approximately four and one half hours to complete and required technical rigging and swift water trained personnel.

August 05, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Availability of the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment for Public Review
Yosemite National Park announces the release of The Tioga Road Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). The Tioga Road is the popular east-west road crossing the northern portion of Yosemite National Park. The road is open seasonally, typically from May through October.

August 03, 2011
Lightning Strikes in Yosemite National Park Cause Four Fires
On Sunday, July 31, 2011, Yosemite National Park experienced a severe thunderstorm, causing four confirmed lightning fires. These lightning caused fires were spotted at Moss Creek near the Merced Grove, Moraine Dome near Little Yosemite Valley, Lost Valley just east of Moraine Dome, and Avalanche Creek east of the Glacier Point Road. All fires, except the Avalanche Creek fire, have been suppressed.

August 01, 2011
Hiker Fatality on Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park
At approximately 12:00 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, Yosemite National Park’s Emergency Communication Center received a 911 phone call reporting a fall of a hiker on the Half Dome cables. Hayley LaFlamme, a 26 year old female from San Ramon, California, had gone to the top of Half Dome and was descending when she fell 600 feet off the cables. National Park Rangers pronounced her deceased upon arrival on scene.

July 27, 2011
Yosemite National Park Unveils Largest Solar Energy System in the National Park System
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher led a ribbon cutting ceremony today, July 27, to dedicate the El Portal Photovoltaic Project. Neubacher was joined by representatives from the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Congressman Jeff Denham (R-19th), Mariposa County Supervisor Lee Stetson, contractors, and National Park Service staff. The event dedicated the largest grid-connected photovoltaic system within the National Park Service (NPS).

July 21, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment To Be Released For Public Review
Yosemite National Park announces the release of The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA is available for public review and comment from July 21, 2011 to August 23, 2011. The EA analyzes alternatives for a phased, long-term, comprehensive rehabilitation program for The Ahwahnee National Historic Landmark hotel and associated structures.

July 20, 2011
Three Visitors Swept Over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park
Three visitors are presumed dead after plunging over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. Hormiz David, 22 year old male, of Modesto, CA, Ninos Yacoub, 27 year old male, of Turlock, CA, and Ramina Badal, 21 year old female, of Manteca, CA, came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.

July 19, 2011
Mist Trail Temporarily Closed in Yosemite National Park
The Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park has been temporarily closed until at least noon tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, or longer. Visitors wishing to hike from Happy Isles will need to ascend the John Muir Trail, bypassing the Mist Trail, which leads to Vernal Fall.

July 19, 2011
Yosemite National Park announces Public Scoping for the Ansel Adams Gallery Buildings Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment
Yosemite National Park announces the opening of public scoping for the Ansel Adams Gallery Buildings Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA).

July 07, 2011
Yosemite National Park Invites the Public to Community Safety Day (2011)
Yosemite National Park invites the public to participate in Community Safety Day in Yosemite National Park on Friday, July 15th, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Yosemite Village mall (in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center).

June 28, 2011
Prescribed Burn Scheduled in and Around Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the north western portion of the park near the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station on Highway 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The ignition of the burn is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 500 acres. The prescribed area is beginning to dry out from a heavy winter snowpack and fuel moistures and other fire factors within the burn unit are reaching optimal levels to successfully burn the unit. This will be the first prescribed burn of the 2011 fire season.

June 28, 2011
Yosemite National Park to Implement New Park and Ride Program for Park Visitors
Yosemite National Park will begin a new Park and Ride program beginning July 1, 2011. The inaugural program will bring visitors from El Portal to Yosemite Valley along Highway 140 and is designed to alleviate traffic congestion by reducing the number of private vehicles entering the park. The Park and Ride service will be available to visitors on weekends from July 1 through September 5, 2011. The service will also be offered the Friday and Monday of the 4th of July and Labor Day weekends.

June 23, 2011
Yosemite National Park Conducts Surprise Bus Inspection
Yosemite National Park held a two day surprise bus inspection in the park on June 8 and 9, 2011. This was done in support of “Operation Road Check” and organized as a multi-agency task force with California Highway Patrol (CHP), San Francisco Police Department, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the California Public Utility Commission. A total of fifty-six buses were inspected in the park on June 8 and 9.

June 23, 2011
Yosemite National Park Scales Back Search for Missing Hiker
Yosemite National Park has scaled down the search for missing hiker George Penca. After nearly one week of extensive searching, Park Rangers have not found any clues as to Penca’s whereabouts. Penca, from Hawthorne, California, has been missing in the area of Upper Yosemite Fall since Friday, June 17, 2011.

June 21, 2011
Search for Continues for Missing Hiker in Yosemite National Park
The search continues in Yosemite National Park for missing hiker George Penca, who was last seen at the top of Yosemite Falls on Friday, June 17, 2011. Due to the fact that the area has been thoroughly searched by personnel and dogs, the terrain is rugged and steep, and no clues have been found, search efforts are being scaled back.

June 20, 2011
Yosemite National Park Seeking Volunteers for Habitat Protector Program
Yosemite National Park is seeking volunteers to become a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer. The park’s Resources Management and Science Division is seeking help from the interested people to assist in preserving, restoring, and enjoying the natural resources in Yosemite Valley. Volunteers will be working alongside experienced Park Rangers and explore some of the park’s most precious resources in Yosemite Valley. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program.

June 19, 2011
Yosemite National Park Searches for Missing Person Near Upper Yosemite Falls
Yosemite National Park is searching for 30 year old George Penca, from Hawthorne, California. Penca was last seen on the Upper Yosemite Fall trail in Yosemite Valley where he was hiking with a group of people from his church. He has been missing since Friday, June 17.

June 16, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Half Dome Cables in Place on Wednesday, June 22
The cables allowing access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

June 16, 2011
Anthony (Tony) Brochini Receives Barry Hance Memorial Award at Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that Anthony (Tony) Brochini is the recipient of the 2010 Barry Hance Memorial Award. Brochini, the Facilities Management Laison in Yosemite, received the award at an employee meeting today in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients.

June 16, 2011
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on Tuesday, June 21
Yosemite National Park will offer free entrance on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. This fee free day is a great opportunity for people to visit and enjoy Yosemite National Park on the first official day of summer.

June 15, 2011
Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2011)
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the Tioga Road will open for the season on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road.

June 15, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Beginning of 2011 Fire Season
Yosemite National Park has declared the start of the 2011 fire season today, June 15. The park begins fire season staffing of all stations for fire suppression and wilderness fires. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting personnel and equipment are in place, prepared and ready to respond.

June 14, 2011
Yosemite National Park Rangers Conduct Multiple Search and Rescue Operations
Over the past week, Yosemite National Park Rangers have conducted a variety of Search and Rescue operations, all with successful results. These ranged from a complex high angle rescue on El Capitan, to the rescue of a family pet.

June 14, 2011
Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake Area to Get Major Makeover
The first phase of a major makeover at Tenaya Lake, one of Yosemite National Park’s most popular summer destinations, will restore wetlands and improve beach access with funding by Yosemite Conservancy.

June 10, 2011
Yosemite National Park Begins Work on Pavement Preservation Project
Yosemite National Park will begin work on several park roads, beginning next Monday, June 13, 2011. The majority of the work will occur in the El Portal area, including Old El Portal, Rancheria, El Portal Trailer Court, the El Portal office areas, and the El Portal Road. Work will also include the Hodgdon Meadow area, residential and administrative roads, as well as the main entrance road to Foresta.

June 07, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Changes to the Campground Reservation System
Yosemite National Park announces three changes to the way in which visitors make camping reservations for campgrounds operated by the National Park Service (NPS) in the park. These changes are being implemented in an effort to thwart and discourage misuse of the camping reservation system that all visitors currently use when making campground reservations within Yosemite National Park.

June 03, 2011
Yosemite National Park Unveils New Exhibit to Feature Early Visitor Photographs, Prints, and Artifacts
A new exhibit entitled "Views & Visitors: The Yosemite Experience in the Early 20th Century," will open to the public on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. It will run until October 31, 2011. The exhibit will be in the Yosemite Valley Museum (adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center) and will feature photographs, prints, artifacts and ephemera from Yosemite's early years. An Opening Reception will be held at the Yosemite Valley Museum on Tuesday, June 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend and food and drink will be served.

May 25, 2011
Glacier Point Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2011)
The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season on Friday, May 27, at 12:00 p.m. There will be limited visitor services available at Glacier Point. Vault toilets will be available, and there will be no running water. There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground. The roadway may be wet due to melting snow and wildlife may be present on or near the road. Visitors are urged to drive with caution while in the park. The Glacier Point Road is subject to unexpected and temporary closures due to unpredictable spring storms that may produce snow at the higher elevations of the park. Due to snow, ice, and avalanche conditions, the Tioga Road will remain closed. There is no projected opening date for the Tioga Road at this time. For up to date, 24 hour road and weather information, please call 209-372-0200.

May 19, 2011
Yosemite National Park Holds Workshop on Merced River Plan  Last Spring Workshop Will Focus on Recreational Activities and Resource Protection
No abstract supplied.

May 18, 2011
Pacific Fisher Den Found in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

May 12, 2011
Art and Theater Programs in Yosemite National Park a Popular Draw
No abstract supplied.

May 11, 2011
Yosemite National Park Begins Pile Burning
No abstract supplied.

May 10, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Tenaya Lake Area Plan
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces the Tenaya Lake Area Plan Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is available for public review. This document records the decision of the National Park Service to restore and protect resources while providing opportunities for appropriate high-country visitor experiences at Tenaya Lake, as described under the Selected Alternative (Modified Alternative 2) in the Tenaya Lake Area Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The FONSI package also contains Errata Sheets, a Floodplain Statement of Findings, and the Tenaya Lake Area Plan Public Comment and Response Report.

May 09, 2011
Yosemite National Park Conducts Science Forum on the Merced River Plan
Yosemite National Park invites the public to attend a Science Forum on the Merced River Plan (MRP), Friday, May 13, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

May 09, 2011
YARTS Shuttle Service Expanded in Yosemite National Park
Beginning May 16, Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS), will be adding additional runs between El Portal and Yosemite Valley for the upcoming visitor season. YARTS provides bus service along the Highway 140 corridor from Merced to Yosemite Valley carrying park visitors and park employees. The service, which began in 2000, is designed to reduce private vehicles entering and exiting the park on a daily basis. YARTS also provides service over the Tioga Road into Mammoth Lakes during the summer season.

May 06, 2011
High Precipitation Levels May Delay Spring Openings in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

April 21, 2011
Proceeds from Breathtaking 100th Anniversary Edition of John Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra to Support Yosemite Conservancy
Photographer Scot Miller, who brought Thoreau's Walden and Cape Cod to life, combines the seminal work of John Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra with stunning new photography in the 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of this American classic. Published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy, a portion of the book’s sales will support the nonprofit’s work to preserve and protect Yosemite National Park and enhance the visitor experience.

April 15, 2011
Road Construction to Resume on the Wawona Road in Yosemite National Park
Road construction on the Wawona Road in Yosemite National Park is set to resume on Monday, April 18, 2011. The construction, which began in May 2010, was suspended in November due to snow and ice on the road. Visitors traveling into Yosemite via Highway 41/Wawona Road will experience up to 15 minute delays from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and up to 30 minute delays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additionally, up to 15 minute delays will be experienced from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and up to 30 minute delays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All delays will occur Monday through Friday. There will be no weekend delays. The goal of this construction project is to improve 24.4 miles of the Wawona Road starting from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park and ending at Bridalveil Straight in Yosemite Valley. Remaining work to be completed includes ditch paving, headwall repairs, sign repairs, crosswalk striping, and other minor grinding and paving of the roadway.

April 15, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Merced River Plan Spring Workshops (2011)
No abstract supplied.

April 15, 2011
Park Ranger Shelton Johnson Receives Environmental Leadership Award
No abstract supplied.

April 14, 2011
Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2011)
No abstract supplied.

April 14, 2011
Mariposa Grove Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2011)
No abstract supplied.

April 09, 2011
Yosemite National Park Remains Open
No abstract supplied.

April 05, 2011
Yosemite Conservancy Unveils New Outdoor Adventures in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

March 26, 2011
Electrical Power Restored to Yosemite National Park
Electrical power has been restored to Yosemite National Park today, March 26, 2011. The park has been without electrical power since Sunday, March 20, after a severe winter storm affected the area. The winter storm dropped several feet of new snow on Yosemite National Park over the last week causing snowy and icy conditions on the roadways, downed trees on the roadways, landslides, and damage to the electrical power lines throughout the park and surrounding communities.

March 24, 2011
Yosemite National Park Open with Limited Services
No abstract supplied.

March 22, 2011
All Roads into Yosemite National Park Remain Closed
No abstract supplied.

March 21, 2011
All Roads into Yosemite Temporarily Closed
As of 10:30 a.m. March 21, all roads leading into Yosemite National Park are temporarily closed due to snow, ice, mudslides, fallen trees and downed power lines.

March 17, 2011
Extensive Renovations Completed at Ahwahnee Hotel
After a three week shutdown to allow for extensive renovations to be completed, the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park has reopened today. Restaurants, shops, public spaces, and most of the guest rooms have reopened to the public.

March 11, 2011
Yosemite National Park Announces Merced River Plan Spring Workshops
No abstract supplied.

March 01, 2011
Summer Backpacking Program for Teens in Yosemite National Park offers Academic Enrichment and Wilderness Adventure
No abstract supplied.

February 28, 2011
Yosemite Conservancy Seeks $1.3 Million  To Fund Life Changing Youth Programs in Yosemite
No abstract supplied.

February 08, 2011
Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available for Reservation Starting March 1
Yosemite National Park will require Day Use Permits seven days per week for climbing the Half Dome cables during the summer 2011 season. Day Use Permits were required Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during the 2010 summer season. However, due to high volumes of people on the cables during the non permitted days, the park is instituting the seven day requirement. This is part of a two year interim program designed to address crowding on the cables that has been occurring over the past few years.

February 01, 2011
Yosemite National Park Renovates Historic Post Office
The historic Yosemite Village Post Office, completed in 1925, is receiving new wood shingle siding as part of the park’s efforts to maintain and restore historic buildings. Yosemite National Park crews are currently installing sugar pine shingle siding along the upper level of the building. Once the siding is installed, the crews will paint the shingles dark brown to match the other historic buildings in Yosemite Village.

January 25, 2011
Extensive Renovations Planned for Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park
Three Week Shutdown Includes Work on Fire Detection, Alarm, and Suppression System

January 07, 2011
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park starting Saturday, January 15 through Monday, January 17, 2010. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday weekend.

December 31, 2010
Highway 140 into Yosemite National Park Reopens After Rockfall
No abstract supplied.

December 30, 2010
Rockfall Closes Highway 140 into Yosemite National Park
At approximately 11:00 a.m. today, December 30, a large rock fell onto Highway 140/El Portal Road blocking all traffic from entering or exiting Yosemite National Park and closing the road. The rock fell approximately one half mile east of Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, just inside the Yosemite National Park boundary. The rock is estimated to be approximately 10-15 feet in height, six feet wide, and four feet deep. There were no injuries or damage to property during the rockfall.

December 29, 2010
Three Yosemite Valley Elementary School Children Given Bravery Awards
No abstract supplied.

December 14, 2010
Three Climbers Rescued on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
Three rock climbers were rescued yesterday afternoon from the wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, culminating a two day rescue operation. Sarah Land, 24 from Oakhurst, California, Walker Mackey, 25, and Rio Mackey, 23, both from Boulder, Colorado were lowered down the wall of the 7,563 foot granite monolith after spending the night on the wall of El Capitan. Walker and Rio were not injured and Land sustained moderate injuries.

December 13, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Changes to the  Interim Program for Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits
Yosemite National Park announces that Day Use Permits to climb the Half Dome cables will be required seven days per week for the 2011 summer season to increase visitor safety on the cables.

December 08, 2010
Yosemite National Park’s Wawona Road Rehabilitation Project Concluding for 2010
No abstract supplied.

December 08, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Availability of the Invasive Plant Management Plan Update Environmental Assessment for Public Review
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Invasive Plant Management Plan Update (IPMP Update) Environmental Assessment (EA) for a 45-day public review, ending January 30, 2011. The IPMP update builds upon key elements of the existing plan (Invasive Plant Management Plan for Yosemite National Park, NPS 2008) to provide a more adaptive, efficient and effective framework for responding to the growing challenges of managing invasive plants while protecting Yosemite’s natural and cultural resources.

December 08, 2010
Yosemite National Park Participates in 111th Annual Christmas Bird Count
No abstract supplied.

November 30, 2010
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.

November 29, 2010
Yosemite National Park Volunteers Recognized at the  First Annual Yosemite Volunteer Awards Ceremony
The first annual Yosemite Volunteer Awards ceremony took place in September of this year. The ceremony was held to recognize outstanding volunteers who have donated their time, talent, and skills to help improve park facilities.

November 23, 2010
Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park (2010)
The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.

November 05, 2010
Yosemite National Park Receives the 2010 National Park Service National Sustained Park Accessibility Achievement Award
Yosemite National Park has been selected as the recipient of the Fiscal Year 2010 National Park Service (NPS) National Sustained Park Accessibility Achievement Award. The award, which was presented to the Yosemite National Park Accessibility Program, recognizes an individual park that has made “sustained” efforts to comprehensively identify barriers to equal accessibility for persons with disabilities and to implement consistent, on-going action to resolve those barriers.

November 04, 2010
Yosemite National Park Continues Efforts to Restore the Wawona Meadow
Yosemite National Park contains approximately 3,000 meadows that range in elevation from 3,000 feet to 12,000 feet. Each of these plays an integral role in the parks biological diversity, with as many as one third of the park’s plant species located in these meadows. The Wawona Meadow, located in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park, has been severely altered by human activity over the past 60 years. This included the grazing of cattle and horses and an airstrip that was decommissioned in the late 1930’s. The Wawona Ecological Restoration Project, which began in September, is intended to restore the meadow to its natural condition.

October 28, 2010
Yosemite National Park to Waive Fees for Veterans Day (2010)
No abstract supplied.

October 22, 2010
Yosemite National Park Selects Operator for Medical Clinic
No abstract supplied.

October 21, 2010
New Species of Pseudoscorpion Found in Talus Caves in Yosemite National Park
A new species of pseudoscorpion has been discovered in talus caves in Yosemite Valley.

October 21, 2010
Yosemite National Park Begins Pile Burning 
No abstract supplied.

October 20, 2010
Poachers Sentenced in Yosemite National Park
In August of 2008, California Fish and Game Wardens received an anonymous report via CalTip about suspected poaching activity in the Virginia Canyon area of Yosemite National Park. Based on this tip, the National Park Service (NPS) and the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) opened a joint investigation. As the investigation progressed, Chad Gierlich, his 14-year old son, his brother Chris Gierlich, and Kyle Narasky were identified as suspects.

October 19, 2010
Yosemite National Park Reschedules Public Site Visit for the  Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project
No abstract supplied.

October 08, 2010
Half Dome Cables To Be Taken Down in Yosemite National Park
The Half Dome Cables will be taken down for the season on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. The cables are taken down each October for the fall and winter season. The cables will be put back up in the spring of 2011 as conditions permit.

October 08, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces the End of Fire Season
Yosemite National Park announces the end of the fire season, today, October 8, 2010.

October 07, 2010
Road Construction Delays Extended For One Weekend in Yosemite National Park
Construction delays on the Wawona Road will be extended tomorrow, Friday, October 8 and Sunday, October 10. The nighttime delays, on these two days only, will start at 6:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 p.m. These extended hours of delays are occurring to complete the project by November, 2010. These extended hours only include this Friday, October 8 and this Sunday, October 10. After these two days, work will resume on the road and the existing delays will be in effect.

October 07, 2010
Trails Reopen after Lightning Caused Fires in Yosemite National Park
All trails previously closed in the areas of Harden Lake and Vernon Lake in Yosemite National Park due to lightning caused fires are now reopened.

October 07, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces the Tenaya Lake Area Plan Environmental Assessment  To Be Released For Public Review
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces the Tenaya Lake Area Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for public review from October 18 to November 17, 2010. The plan addresses a wide range of visitor experiences and facility improvements around this spectacular high-country lake. Thousands of visitors recreate in and around Tenaya Lake during the summer season when the Tioga Road is open.

October 07, 2010
Public Site Visit for the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project Canceled
No abstract supplied.

October 06, 2010
New Yosemite Streamgage, Weather Station, Webcam to Monitor Merced River
The wraps came off a new streamgage and interpretive station at a popular streamside location in Yosemite National Park today.

October 04, 2010
Yosemite Conservancy Donates $5.9 Million to Yosemite National Park
With Giant Sequoias keeping watch nearby, Yosemite Conservancy donated $5.9 million to Yosemite National Park to preserve and protect park resources and enrich the visitor experience.

September 29, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Site Visit for the  Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project
No abstract supplied.

September 29, 2010
Surprise Bus Inspection Conducted in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), held a surprise inspection for all commercial for hire multiple passenger tour buses in Yosemite National Park last Friday, September 24, 2010. The purpose of this unannounced inspection was to ensure visitor safety through safe operation of tour buses. The goal of these unannounced inspections is to reduce chances of crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving tour buses bringing passengers into the park.

September 23, 2010
Great Gray Owls in Yosemite National Park Believed to be a Unique Subspecies
No abstract supplied.

September 20, 2010
Yosemite National Park Celebrates 120th Birthday on October 1
Yosemite National Park was designated by an Act of Congress on October 1, 1890, making it the third national park in the United States, after Yellowstone (1872) and Sequoia (1890). Friday, October 1, 2010 marks the 120th birthday of the park.

September 15, 2010
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day (2010)
On Saturday, September 25, 2010 Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day. In commemoration of this special day, the park will waive park entrance fees for all park visitors.

September 14, 2010
Seventh Annual “Yosemite Facelift” Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 22-26, 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.

September 09, 2010
Road Construction Delays Extended in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

August 26, 2010
Lightning Caused Fires in Yosemite National Park Prompt Trail Closures
No abstract supplied.

August 26, 2010
Yosemite National Park Eradicates Mature Marijuana Site
With information obtained from a joint investigation with the United States Forest Service and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, Yosemite National Park Rangers raided a large marijuana cultivation site in El Portal early Tuesday morning, August 24th, and seized 3,657 plants. The site was on land in both Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest. The park worked with Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Detectives, an Officer from Mariposa County Probation, and Park Rangers from Point Reyes National Seashore. The total estimated worth of the seized marijuana is $14.6 million.

August 24, 2010
Lightning Fire in Yosemite Causes Closure of the Tiltill Valley Trail to Lake Vernon
No abstract supplied.

August 19, 2010
Slope Fire Spreading Slowly in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

August 11, 2010
Trails Near Harden Lake Reopen in Yosemite National Park
The Harden Lake area and the trail to Pate Valley from Harden Lake have been reopened. The Harden Lake area was previously closed due to fire activity. Hikers are urged to stay on trails when in the Harden Lake area.

August 10, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces the Completion of Ecological Restoration Projects
No abstract supplied.

August 06, 2010
Lightning Caused Fire in Yosemite National Park Continues to Burn in the Northern Area of the Park, Near Harden Lake
No abstract supplied.

August 06, 2010
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees on August 14th and 15th
No abstract supplied.

August 05, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings Regarding the Tuolumne River Plan
No abstract supplied.

August 04, 2010
Yosemite National Park Releases Scenic Vista Management Plan Environmental Assessment for Public Review
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Scenic Vista Management Plan Environmental Assessment for public review. Public comments regarding the Environmental Assessment will be taken from August 9, 2010 to September 17, 2010. The public is invited to submit written ideas regarding this planning effort. The Scenic Vista Management Plan Environmental Assessment can be downloaded at www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/vista.htm. To learn more about scenic vistas, please visit www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/scenic-vistas.htm.

July 30, 2010
Yosemite Institute Winter Group Program openings
Yosemite Institute, a campus of NatureBridge, is announcing a unique opportunity for school groups seeking a winter program that combines academic study with physical challenges, team building, and leadership development in the outdoors.

July 29, 2010
New Quarter Launched in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

July 27, 2010
37th Annual Youth Conservation Corps Parents Day Celebrated in Yosemite National Park
On Saturday, July 17, 2010, the Yosemite Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) held their 37th annual Parents Day at Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park. Parents Day marks the half-way point for teenagers participating in the YCC program at Yosemite, and provides an opportunity for parents to see their children spend the day working in the park. The day is concluded with a barbecue prepared by the YCC kitchen crew and served at a gathering at Badger Pass.

July 16, 2010
Yosemite National Park to be Featured in New iPhone Application
Yosemite National Park announces the first mobile application is available for visitors to use on their iPhone. The application will feature the hike to Lower Yosemite Fall, offering multiple locations in which visitors can stop and learn about the surrounding environment. The iPhone / iTouch application features a Global Positioning System (GPS) map which highlights the visitors' location as they walk to Lower Yosemite Fall. The application highlights 22 points of interest with stories of wildlife, the environment, John Muir, floods, fires, and forests. In addition, the application will allow visitors to easily locate the nearest restroom, visitor center, museum, and shuttle bus stops.

July 16, 2010
All Campgrounds Open for the Season in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

July 06, 2010
Yosemite National Park to be Featured on New Quarter
On July 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., the general public is invited to attend a special ceremony to celebrate the launch of the new Yosemite Quarter. This historic special event will take place in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and the public is highly encouraged to participate in the festivities. There will be live music, special guest speakers, and children under the age of 18 at the event will receive a free Yosemite Quarter to commemorate this special day. There is no charge to attend the event. A specially designed cake featuring the Yosemite Quarter will be served to all participants attending the event.

July 02, 2010
Yosemite National Park Prescribed Burn Successful
No abstract supplied.

July 02, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings and Site Visits
No abstract supplied.

June 30, 2010
Yosemite National Park Extends Public Scoping Period Regarding Visitor Use on Trails Leading to Half Dome and the Half Dome Cables
Yosemite National Park announces the extension of the public scoping period for visitor use on the trail leading to Half Dome and the Half Dome cables. The scoping period has been extended to July 6, 2010. The public is invited to submit written ideas regarding a long term plan for visitor use on the Half Dome cables. The purpose of the plan will be to provide for the long-term stewardship of Half Dome in a manner that is consistent with the 1964 Wilderness Act and the National Park Service Organic Act.

June 30, 2010
Yosemite National Park Expects Busy Fourth of July Weekend
Visitors traveling to Yosemite National Park over the Fourth of July holiday weekend should expect the park to be very busy. The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year.

June 26, 2010
Yosemite National Park Archeologist Laura Kirn Wins Prestigious Award
No abstract supplied.

June 26, 2010
Surprise Bus Inspections Conducted in Yosemite National Park (2010)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the National Park Service (NPS) held surprise inspections for all commercial for hire multiple passenger tour buses in Yosemite National Park between June 9 and June 20, 2010. The purpose of these unannounced inspections is ensure visitor safety through safe operation of tour buses in an attempt to reduce chances of crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving tour buses bringing passengers to Yosemite National Park.

June 24, 2010
Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the western portion of the park near Crane Flat early next week. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather conditions. The total prescribed burn area will include 200 acres. Roadside thinning along the Big Oak Flat Road, as well as the ignition of several burn piles, has taken place over the last few years in preparation for this project. Fire engines, water tenders, and fire crews from Yosemite National Park and the U.S. Forest Service will be present during all fire activity. This will be the first prescribed fire of the 2010 fire season.

June 18, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Beginning of 2010 Fire Season
Yosemite fire managers have announced the 2010 Fire Season has begun. Fire season officially begins when seasonal firefighting equipment and personnel are in place, prepared and ready to respond. Firefighters have spent the last week conducting their annual readiness reviews that demonstrate skills and proficiency for fighting fire. In addition, daily weather patterns, temperatures, and moisture levels are closely monitored, which aids in determining if vegetation is within prescription for burning.

June 18, 2010
Yosemite Institute Announces Final Openings for Summer Group Program
No abstract supplied.

June 16, 2010
Cindy Whitten Receives Barry Hance Memorial Award at Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

June 09, 2010
Half Dome Cables Up For The Season on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The cables allowing access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome will be in place and open for the season on Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

June 08, 2010
Yosemite Conservancy Connects People with Park
No abstract supplied.

June 08, 2010
A Window to the Past: New Exhibit in Yosemite National Park to Feature Early Visitor Photographs and Souvenirs
A new exhibit entitled “View & Visitors: The Yosemite Experience in the 19th Century,” will open to the public on June 16, 2010. The exhibit, in the Yosemite Valley Museum features paintings, prints, artifacts and ephemera from Yosemite’s early years. An exhibit opening reception will be held on June 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. located in the Yosemite Valley Museum. There is no cost to attend and food and drink will be served at the reception.

June 03, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Fee Free Weekend on June 5-6
No abstract supplied.

June 03, 2010
Yosemite National Park Asks for New Contract Proposals for Operation of an Urgent Care Medical Clinic
No abstract supplied.

June 03, 2010
Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2010)
No abstract supplied.

June 03, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Presentations for the Outstandingly Remarkable Values of the Merced River
Yosemite National Park announces a series of presentations regarding the Merced River’s Outstanding Remarkable Values. The park is currently developing a comprehensive management plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River, in order to protect and enhance its Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs), water quality, and free-flowing condition. These unique, river-related values will be the foundation of the Merced Wild and Scenic Comprehensive Management Plan.

May 27, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings Regarding Scoping for Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan
No abstract supplied.

May 26, 2010
Yosemite National Park Expects Busy Memorial Day Weekend
Visitors to Yosemite National Park over the Memorial Day holiday weekend should expect the park to be busy. People planning trips into the park are strongly encouraged to arrive before 10:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. to avoid long waits at the entrance stations. Visitors may also choose to ride the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System ( www.yarts.com ), which picks up in multiple locations along Highway 140 from Merced and provides multiple drop-off locations throughout Yosemite Valley. Once visitors arrive in the park, they are urged to ride the free shuttle throughout Yosemite Valley, utilize the bike paths, or walk.

May 24, 2010
Yosemite is our backyard enrollment now open
Yosemite Institute, a campus of NatureBridge, is hosting a week-long summer program for local youth that combines physical challenges, team building activities, and adventures in Yosemite.

May 21, 2010
Rock Climber Injured in Accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
California Highway Patrol Assists in Rescue At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2010, the Yosemite Emergency Dispatch Center received a call regarding a climber that had fallen on a popular climbing route on El Capitan. The climber, a 48 year old male from France, fell approximately 65 feet and sustained head and chest injuries and a loss of consciousness. A second party on the climbing route was able to provide basic emergency medical assistance until Park Rangers arrived.

May 21, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review. This rehabilitation project would repair and stabilize deteriorated structural and exterior elements to prevent further damage, and contribute to full rehabilitation of the ski lodge and associated support facilities. In January 2009, Yosemite National Park initiated public scoping and hosted two public meetings to solicit comments. Comments received from the public, tribes, and other agencies have contributed to the development and refinement of a range of alternatives presented in this EA. The EA describes the No Action and three action alternatives, analyzes the potential environmental impacts of each alternative, and includes mitigation measures to avoid or minimize impacts to sensitive resources.

May 20, 2010
Charles Cuvelier named Chief Ranger at Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

May 17, 2010
Yosemite Will Install Solar Panels for Largest Grid-Connected Photovoltaic System in the National Park System
Beginning in June Yosemite National Park will install a large-scale solar panel project at El Portal that will accommodate a 539-kilowatt photovoltaic generation system with $4.4 million received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

May 13, 2010
Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping Period Regarding Visitor Use on the Half Dome Cables
Yosemite National Park announces the opening of the public scoping period for visitor use on the Half Dome cables. The scoping period will run from May 26, 2010 to June 25, 2010. The public is invited to submit written ideas regarding a long term plan for visitor use on the Half Dome cables. The purpose of the plan will be to provide for the long-term stewardship of Half Dome in a manner that is consistent with the 1964 Wilderness Act and the National Park Service Organic Act. 

April 20, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces the Extension of the Public Scoping for the Invasive Plant Management Plan
No abstract supplied.

April 14, 2010
Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2010)
No abstract supplied.

April 06, 2010
Yosemite National Park Receives $1.3 Million to Improve Transportation System
No abstract supplied.

April 05, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Signing of a Record of Decision for the Yosemite Environmental Education Center
National Park Service Acting Pacific West Regional Director George Turnbull signed the Record of Decision today for the Yosemite Environmental Education Center Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

March 30, 2010
Road Construction to Cause Delays in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

March 25, 2010
America the Beautiful Quarters Program Features Yosemite National Park on New 2010 Quarter
In a ceremony in Washington, D.C. yesterday, United States Mint Director Ed Moy, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and other officials unveiled the designs for the first five coins in the new America the Beautiful quarter series. The America the Beautiful Quarters Program is a multi-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites in each state, the District of Colombia, and U.S. territories. 

March 25, 2010
Mariposa Grove Road to Open in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

March 23, 2010
Seventeen Year Old Hiker Injured in Yosemite National Park
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2010, the Yosemite Emergency Dispatch Center received a call regarding a collapsed hiker on the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail. The hiker, a 17-year old student from Upland, California, was on a hiking trip with the Yosemite Institute. He was with a group of approximately eight students, with several adult chaperones and instructors. This hike is a regular part of the curriculum experienced by the students of the Yosemite Institute, a week-long residential environmental education program.

March 18, 2010
Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping Period For Invasive Plant Management Plan Update
No abstract supplied.

March 09, 2010
The Yosemite Fund to Raise $1 million for "Youth in Yosemite" Programs to Cultivate Future Park Stewards
The Yosemite Fund is seeking $1 million for youth programs to cultivate future park stewards through hands-on experience in Yosemite National Park.

March 04, 2010
The Ansel Adams Gallery® Awarded New Concession Contract in Yosemite National Park
Best's Studio, Inc. doing business as The Ansel Adams Gallery® in Yosemite National Park, was the awarded a new 10-year concession contract that became effective March 1, 2010. The Ansel Adams Gallery® has been operating in the park since 1902, making them the oldest, family owned and operated concessioner in the National Park Service. The Ansel Adams Gallery® is a photographic and art business with an emphasis on Ansel Adams and the history of art and photography in Yosemite.

February 26, 2010
Yosemite Institute Summer Group Program Registration Opens
Yosemite Institute, a campus of NatureBridge, announces a unique opportunity today for groups seeking a summer program that combines academic study with physical challenges, team building activities, and service projects.

February 25, 2010
Yosemite Association Announces Full Roster of Educational Outdoor Adventures for 2010
Yosemite Outdoor Adventures offer interactive and fun-based learning experiences that appeal to all interests in the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Guided naturalist hikes to lesser-known destinations, Half Dome treks, family camping programs, plein air art and backpack courses are just a sampling of the wide range of affordable learning adventures offered by the acclaimed non-profit organization, Yosemite Association (YA) during 2010.

February 25, 2010
Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available March 1
No abstract supplied.

February 23, 2010
Yosemite Institute Summer Field Research Program Registration Opens (2010)
No abstract supplied.

February 22, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Scoping for the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Project
Yosemite National Park is initiating public scoping for the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Project. Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) will be coordinated through development of an environmental assessment (EA). The public scoping period for the EA will open on Thursday, February 25, 2010 and will extend through Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Public scoping comments will be used to assist the park in developing a range of reasonable and feasible alternatives that meet the purpose and need, including a no action alternative, and then analyzing the environmental effects of each alternative.

February 10, 2010
Kathleen Morse Selected as Chief of Planning at Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

February 02, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Scoping on the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment
No abstract supplied.

January 29, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Interim Program for Half Dome Day Use Permits to Address Visitor Safety
No abstract supplied.

January 29, 2010
Yosemite National Park Releases Documents Pertaining to Park Plans
The Department of the Interior /National Park Service (NPS), the Friends of Yosemite Valley (FOYV), and the Mariposans for the Environment and Responsible Government (MERG) announced the completion of a formal Settlement Agreement last September regarding the litigation on the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). The settlement resolved the decade long litigation on Merced River planning that began in 2000, and also resolved the complaint challenging the Yosemite Valley Plan (YVP).

January 23, 2010
Roads Reopen in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

January 23, 2010
All Roads Within Yosemite National Park Are Now Open
All roads within Yosemite National Park, including from Yosemite West to Wawona on Highway 41 (Wawona Road), are now open. The Badger Pass Road and the Badger Pass Ski Area are also open. 

January 22, 2010
Yosemite National Park Temporarily Closes All Roads
All roads leading into Yosemite Valley are temporarily closed due to snow, ice, and fallen trees. Highways 41 (Wawona Road) and 120 (Big Oak Flat Road) into Yosemite National Park are closed at this time due to snowy and icy conditions. Additionally, Highway 140 (El Portal Road) into Yosemite Valley is temporarily closed due to fallen trees on the roadway. The Badger Pass Road and the Hetch Hetchy Road are also closed at this time.

January 22, 2010
All Roads in Yosemite National Park to Remain Closed Through the Evening
No abstract supplied.

January 21, 2010
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Yosemite Environmental Education Center Final Environmental Impact Statement
Yosemite National Park announces the availability of the Yosemite Environmental Education Center Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for public review.

January 08, 2010
Yosemite National Park Recorded 3.9 Million Visitors in 2009
Yosemite National Park received 3,866,970 visitors in 2009. This marks the highest level of visitation in the park since 1996.

December 21, 2009
Tom Medema Selected as Chief of Interpretation and Education at Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

December 18, 2009
Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Parkwide Communication Data Network Environmental Assessment
No abstract supplied.

December 18, 2009
Yosemite Association Announces Exciting Roster of Winter Outdoor Adventures for 2010
Yosemite Outdoor Adventures offer interactive and fun-based learning experiences that appeal to all interests in the winter wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Guided naturalist hikes on snowshoes, a winter ecology program at the cozy Ostrander Hut, assisting rangers with a snow survey, two winter photography courses, and a series of moonlight snowshoe programs are just a sampling of the wide range of affordable learning adventures offered by the acclaimed non-profit organization, Yosemite Association (YA) during 2010.

December 01, 2009
Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park
The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite are closed for the season. These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring next year.

November 23, 2009
Yosemite National Park Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Person
Yosemite National Park Rangers are asking the public's assistance in locating a missing person, who was last seen in Yosemite National Park on November 6, 2009.

November 23, 2009
Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson wins National Freeman Tilden Award
Shelton Johnson, Interpretive Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park has been selected as a recipient of the 2009 Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation.

November 17, 2009
Yosemite National Park Extends Merced River Plan Public Scoping Period Another 60 Days
Yosemite National Park is extending the public scoping period for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRP/EIS).

November 05, 2009
Yosemite National Park to Waive Fees for Veterans Day
No abstract supplied.

October 29, 2009
Glacier Point Road Construction Delays Extended
The Glacier Point Road construction delays will be extended through Saturday, October 31 and Saturday November 7, 2009 in order to complete paving on the road.

October 26, 2009
$5.8 Million Donated to Yosemite National Park by The Yosemite Fund
Yosemite National Park’s meadows, trails and wildlife are better off thanks to a $5.8 million contribution by the nonprofit Yosemite Fund.

October 22, 2009
Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Reopen in Yosemite
The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park have reopened. The roads were closed earlier this week due to snow and icy conditions.

October 21, 2009
Yosemite National Park Employee Receives Prestigious Accessibility Award
Branch Chief for Interpretive Services in Yosemite National Park, Mary Kline, was the recipient of a National Park Service (NPS) National Accessibility Achievement Award in the “Programmatic Accessibility Achievement” category.  

October 20, 2009
Glacier Point Road and Tioga Road Closed / Half Dome Cables Down for Season
The Glacier Point and Tioga Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed due to snow and ice on the roadways.

October 15, 2009
Fire Season Ends in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park announces the end of the fire season, tomorrow, October 16th, 2009. 

October 14, 2009
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis Visit Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

October 14, 2009
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Scoping Meetings for the New Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan
Yosemite National Park Acting Superintendent Dave Uberuaga announces a series of public scoping meetings for the new Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan.

September 30, 2009
Half Dome Overlook Makeover Completed in Yosemite National Park
For many visitors to Yosemite National Park, Half Dome Overlook is their first chance to stop and see the Valley’s iconic features: Half Dome framed perfectly between the granite walls of El Capitan and the cliffs of Glacier Point.

September 30, 2009
Yosemite Merced River Litigation Settled After 10 Years
No abstract supplied.

September 24, 2009
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day
In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Yosemite National Park, and all other National Park sites, will offer free admission this Saturday, September 26, 2009.

September 17, 2009
Sixth Annual "Yosemite Facelift" Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 23-27, 2009
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the “Yosemite Facelift” September 23-27, 2009.

September 09, 2009
All Roads Open in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

September 07, 2009
Yosemite National Park to Re-Open Big Oak Flat Road at 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 8
Yosemite National Park Acting Superintendent Dave Uberuaga announces that the Big Oak Flat Road from Crane Flat to the El Portal Road will re-open at 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 8. 

September 05, 2009
Tioga Pass Road and Segments of Big Oak Flat Road to Re-open
Through travel between Groveland and Lee Vining Possible

September 04, 2009
Public Scoping Meeting for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Announced (for September 22)
A public scoping meeting for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Underlounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley.

September 03, 2009
Yosemite National Park Remains Open for the Holiday Weekend
Big Meadow Fire 70% Contained

September 03, 2009
Foresta Residents and Homeowner Re- Entry
The evacuation order for the community of Foresta will be lifted at 10:00 AM Friday, September 4, 2009.

September 02, 2009
Big Meadow Fire Suppression Efforts Continue
Road Closures in Effect Through the Holiday Weekend

September 01, 2009
Evacuations Lifted for Yosemite View Lodge and El Portal Residents
Closure of Big Oak Flat Road and a Portion of the Tioga Road to Through Traffic

September 01, 2009
Yosemite National Park Employee Dies in Climbing Accident
Jeff Maurer, a Wildlife Biologist at Yosemite National Park, died Sunday, August 30, after falling from the Third Pillar, a technical rock climbing route on Mount Dana.

August 31, 2009
Significant Progress Made on Big Meadow Fire - UPDATED
No abstract supplied.

August 31, 2009
Public Scoping Meeting for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Announced
A public scoping meeting for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Underlounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley.

August 30, 2009
Tioga Road Access Restricted Due to Big Meadow Fire
No abstract supplied.

August 29, 2009
Suppression Efforts Continue for Big Meadow Fire
No abstract supplied.

August 28, 2009
Minimal Growth in Big Meadow Fire
No abstract supplied.

August 27, 2009
Ahwahnee Hotel to Reopen in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

August 27, 2009
Big Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park Continues to Grow
No abstract supplied.

August 26, 2009
Several Moderately Small Rockfalls Occur in Yosemite National Park
Ahwahnee Hotel Temporarily Closed as a Precaution

August 26, 2009
Yosemite National Park Extends Merced River Plan Public Scoping Period
Yosemite National Park is extending the public scoping period for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRP/EIS). 

August 25, 2009
Poaching Suspects Charged in Yosemite National Park
After an extensive investigation, three individuals face multiple federal charges for poaching within Yosemite National Park. 

August 21, 2009
Prescribed Fire Planned in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Big Meadow in the community of Foresta next Wednesday August 26, 2009. The total burn area will include 90 acres, pending weather conditions and air quality. 

August 21, 2009
Yosemite National Park Eradicates Marijuana Garden
Yosemite National Park Rangers and National Park Service Agents, with assistance from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, eradicated 4,735 marijuana plants valued at nearly $19 million from within the park yesterday.

August 19, 2009
Local Fisherman Dies in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

August 03, 2009
Yosemite National Park Announces Initial Data Collection and Planning for The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan
No abstract supplied.

July 23, 2009
Yosemite National Park Celebrates Arrival of Hybrid Tractors Used in Yosemite Valley Floor Tours
No abstract supplied.

July 17, 2009
Yosemite National Park Extends Merced River Plan Public Scoping 90 Days
Current Public Scoping Meetings Postponed

July 10, 2009
Yosemite National Park Archeologist Laura Kirn Wins Prestigious Award from Goucher College
Yosemite National Park Archeologist Laura Kirn was selected as the 2009 winner of the Goucher College Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Alumnae Prize (MAHP) as the outstanding first year student in the historic preservation graduate program.

July 09, 2009
Yosemite National Park hosts Public Site Visits for the Communication Data Network EA
No abstract supplied.

July 08, 2009
Update on Managed Fires in Yosemite National Park (July 8, 2009)
Activity on the Grouse and Harden fires in Yosemite National Park has slowed significantly with the fires reaching the established boundaries that managers planned for the incidents. The Grouse Fire is three miles southwest of Yosemite Valley and north of Glacier Point Road. The Grouse Fire is 3,029 acres and 93 percent contained. The Harden Fire on the north side of the park, west of Harden Lake and northwest of White Wolf is currently 1,661 acres and 95 percent contained.

July 08, 2009
Tuolumne River Plan Summer Workshops and Open Houses to Take Place in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

July 05, 2009
Lightning Caused Fires Continue to Burn in Yosemite National Park (July 5, 2009)
While thousands of visitors came to experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park July 4, fire personnel continued to manage the Grouse and Harden fires in the Park. The Grouse Fire is three miles southwest of Yosemite Valley and north of Glacier Point Road. The Grouse Fire is 2,300 acres and 50 percent contained. The Harden Fire on the north side of the park, west of Harden Lake and northwest of White Wolf is currently 1,594 acres and 75 percent contained.

July 04, 2009
Lightning Caused Fires Continue to Burn in Yosemite National Park (July 4, 2009)
The Grouse and Harden fires continue to grow moderately in two areas of Yosemite National Park. The Grouse Fire is approximately 2160 acres, three miles southwest of Yosemite Valley and north of Glacier Point Road. The Harden Fire on the north side of the park, west of Harden Lake and northwest of White Wolf is currently 1120 acres. On Friday, the Central Sierra Type II Incident Management Team began managing the Grouse Fire.

July 02, 2009
Yosemite National Park Reopens Public Scoping for the New Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan
Yosemite National Park is reopening public scoping for planning and environmental impact analysis for a new Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (NMRP/EIS). Public scoping comments will be accepted through August 29, 2009. Scoping comments submitted when the National Park Service (NPS) first initiated public scoping on March 28, 2007 are still valid and do not need to be resubmitted. 

July 02, 2009
El Portal Market Reopens in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

July 02, 2009
Yosemite National Park Prepares for Busy Fourth of July Weekend
The Fourth of July is one of the busiest weekends in Yosemite National Park. The park estimates that up to 50,000 visitors will visit and pass through Yosemite over the extended holiday weekend. The increase in visitors can lead to traffic congestion during midday. Visitors are encouraged to come into the park as early in the day to avoid any delays. All park campsites under the reservation system have been sold out. However, there are a limited number of first-come, first-served campsites available throughout the park. It is anticipated that these sites will be full by the beginning of the weekend.

July 02, 2009
Update on Managed Fires in Yosemite National Park
The Grouse and Harden fires in Yosemite National Park continue to progress toward the management boundaries that managers have identified for the fires. The Grouse Fire (1163 acres), lightning-caused on May 30 and is located about three miles southwest of Yosemite Valley and north of Glacier Point Road. The Harden Fire (520 acres), started by lightning June 8,  is on the north side of the park, west of Harden Lake and northwest of White Wolf. 

July 01, 2009
Lightning Caused Fires Continue to Burn in Yosemite National Park
Some Trails Closed due to Fires

June 25, 2009
Rescued Park Visitors Return to Yosemite to Present Plaque to Park Ranger
No abstract supplied.

June 22, 2009
Yosemite National Park Ranger Saves Lives of Two Park Visitors
No abstract supplied.

June 18, 2009
Yosemite Art Exhibit to Feature Diverse Works by Artists-in-Residence
A unique art exhibit is opening on June 20, 2009 at the Yosemite Museum Gallery. The exhibit features work from seven professional artists, all part of the Artists-in-Residence program.

June 17, 2009
Barry Hance Memorial Award given in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

June 17, 2009
Glacier Point Road Rehabilitation Project to Begin in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park will be reconstructing part of the Glacier Point Road beginning this Monday, June 22, 2009. Work will consist of the rehabilitation, restoration, and resurfacing of the road, including repaving and drainage improvements to include 5.1 miles of the road from the Chinquapin intersection to Badger Pass Ski area. Additionally, there will be work on the Wawona Road (Hwy. 41) near the Chinquapin intersection. 

June 15, 2009
Missing Employee Found Dead in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

June 14, 2009
Victim of Half Dome Fatality Identified
No abstract supplied.

June 13, 2009
Hiker Fatality on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

June 10, 2009
Surprise Bus Inspections Conducted in Yosemite National Park
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the National Park Service (NPS) held a surprise inspection for all commercial for hire multiple passenger tour buses in the park today. The purpose of these unannounced inspections is ensure visitor safety through safe operation of tour buses in an attempt to reduce chances of crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving tour buses bringing passengers to Yosemite National Park. 

June 03, 2009
Yosemite National Park Celebrates the 130th Anniversary of the Yosemite Chapel
The Yosemite Chapel, located in Yosemite Valley, will be celebrating its 130th anniversary this Sunday, June 7.

June 02, 2009
Yosemite National Park Invites the Public to Community Safety Day
Safety events will focus on community health, community safety, wilderness safety, and emergency services

May 19, 2009
Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2009)
Visitors urged to take safety precautions for upcoming Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 2009
Yosemite National Park Rangers Search for Missing Woman
Yosemite National Park is seeking assistance in locating a missing woman who was last seen below the Vernal Fall footbridge at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2009.

May 18, 2009
Yosemite National Park Receives the Chancellors Medal from University of California, Merced
On May 16, 2009, University of California, Merced (UC Merced) Chancellor Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang presented the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest award given by a UC Chancellor, to Yosemite National Park. This is the first time the Chancellors Award has been given to an organization, rather than an individual. The award was given to Yosemite National Park for excellence in collaborative partnership of several programs offered at UC Merced designed to inspire academic leadership, field study, and experimental learning in Yosemite National Park. 

May 15, 2009
Half Dome Cables in Place in Yosemite National Park (2009)
The cables allowing trail access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome are up and open for the season today, May 15, 2009.

May 08, 2009
Glacier Point Road Open in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

May 08, 2009
Yosemite National Park Announces the availability of the Yosemite Institute Environmental Education Campus Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Public Review
The Yosemite Institute (YI), a National Park Service (NPS) non-profit park partner, has provided environmental education programs in Yosemite since 1971 at its Crane Flat campus. Most of the campus structures and utilities are over 60 years old, energy inefficient, and difficult to retrofit to achieve modern standards for health, safety, and accessibility. The campus can accommodate only a fraction of the students in the program; the remainder must be based elsewhere in the park, in commercial lodging. To address these issues, YI and the NPS are considering options to provide better facilities by redeveloping the existing campus, or constructing a new campus at Henness Ridge, and restoring Crane Flat to natural conditions.

May 01, 2009
Thomas Hill Exhibit at Yosemite Opens to the Public on Friday, May 8
The Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio now features a display about Thomas Hill Thanks to Contributions from Yosemite Fund Donors

April 24, 2009
Ken Burns visits Yosemite National Park to preview his latest film: NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA
No abstract supplied.

April 08, 2009
Ahwiyah Point Rockfall Size Estimated
On March 28, 2009, a large rockfall occurred from Ahwiyah Point near Half Dome. Rocks fell roughly 1,800 feet, knocking down hundreds of trees and burying hundreds of feet of trail on the southern portion of the Mirror Lake Loop Trail. The impact generated ground shaking equivalent to a magnitude 2.4 earthquake. Numerous smaller rockfalls have occurred from Ahwiyah Point since the initial rockfall on March 28. There were no injuries or structures affected.

March 17, 2009
Yosemite Institute Summer Field Research Program registration opens
Two Week Long Course Offers Teens Personal and Intellectual Challenges

February 24, 2009
Korean Climber Rescued from Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
A Korean mountaineer was rescued from Half Dome today at approximately 8:30am after being swept downhill in an avalanche yesterday afternoon.

February 24, 2009
Korean Climber Caught in Avalanche on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
Early contact with the approximately 40 year old mountaineer indicates that he is alert and responsive

February 19, 2009
Poacher Successfully Prosecuted in Yosemite National Park
Hunters Urged to be Aware of Park Boundary

February 10, 2009
Amgen Bicycle Tour of California Coming to Yosemite Area
The largest cycling event in America, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding, recently expanded, 750-mile course from Sacramento to Escondido from February 14-22, 2009. For the first time, the Tour will be passing through the Yosemite National Park area with the course going through the gateway communities of Mariposa and Oakhurst. The Yosemite portion, Stage 4, will occur midday on Wednesday, February 18. 

January 30, 2009
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Scoping for the Scenic Vista Management Plan Environmental Assessment
Yosemite National Park is announcing the public scoping period for the Scenic Vista Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). Public scoping comments will be used to assist the park in developing a range of reasonable and feasible project alternatives that meet the purpose and need, including a no action alternative, and then analyzing the environmental effects of each alternative. A 30-day public scoping period for this EA will open on February 12, 2009 and will extend through March 13, 2009. Written comments should be postmarked no later than March 13, 2009 .

December 22, 2008
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Scoping for the Rehabilitation of the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Environmental Assessment
Yosemite National Park is announcing the public scoping period for the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). Public scoping comments will be used to assist the park in developing a range of reasonable and feasible project alternatives that meet the purpose and need, including a no action alternative, and then analyzing the environmental effects of each alternative. A 30-day public scoping period for this EA will open on January 14, 2009 and will extend through February 13, 2009. Written comments should be postmarked no later than February 13, 2009.

December 15, 2008
Tioga Road and Glacier Point Roads Close for the Winter Season in Yosemite National Park
The Tioga Road and the Glacier Point Road have closed for the winter season due to snow and icy conditions.

December 12, 2008
Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Members Celebrate a Year of National Service in 2008
On December 9th, twenty-seven Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members celebrated their efforts which restored 2000 acres of habitat, conducted ecological monitoring on over 340 sites, educated over 17,200 individuals, and engaged over 2600 volunteers in 2008. At the graduation ceremony, members recounted the highlights of their year of national service for the Sierra Nevada and received accolades and thanks for all their great work. Here in Yosemite, one member, Brittany Woiderski, graduated after completing two years with the program.

December 08, 2008
Acting Superintendents Selected for Yosemite and Mount Rainier National Parks
David "Dave" Uberuaga (You burr ah gah) will serve as acting superintendent of Yosemite National Park, Calif, beginning January 4, 2009. He arrives at the park as Superintendent Mike Tollefson retires from federal service.

November 21, 2008
Geologic Assessment of Recent Rockfalls in Curry Village Completed
On October 7 and 8, 2008, two rockfalls occurred in Yosemite Valley, affecting the Curry Village area. This resulted in the temporary closure of many of the visitor accommodations until a thorough geologic assessment could be completed. During this time, National Park Service (NPS) geologists, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, and other national and international scientists, conducted extensive investigation and study of rockfalls that have occurred in the area above Curry Village using the latest scientific mapping and computer modeling techniques. The analysis has shown that approximately 6,000 cubic meters of rock were involved in the events.

November 20, 2008
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Scoping
Yosemite National Park is announcing the public scoping period for the Parkwide Data Communication Network Environmental Assessment (EA). Public scoping comments will be used to assist the park in developing a range of reasonable and feasible project alternatives that meet the purpose and need, including a no action alternative, and analyzes the environmental effects of each. A 45 day public scoping period for this EA will open on November 12, 2008 and will run until December 26, 2008. Written comments should be postmarked no later than December 26, 2008.

November 20, 2008
Glacier Point Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (November 21, 2008)
The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for all vehicles on Friday, November 21, 2008, at 8:00 a.m.

November 14, 2008
Yosemite Association Announces Exciting Roster of Winter Outdoor Adventures for 2009
Every weekend, affordable, interactive and fun-based learning experiences appeal to all interests in the winter wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Guided naturalist hikes on snowshoes, a winter ecology program at the cozy Ostrander Hut, assisting rangers with a snow survey, two winter photography courses, and a series of moonlight snowshoe programs are just a sampling of the wide range of affordable learning adventures offered by the acclaimed non-profit organization, Yosemite Association (YA) at the start of 2009.

November 13, 2008
Yosemite National Park Wins Prestigious Award for Deaf Services
No abstract supplied.

November 04, 2008
2008 Fire Season Concludes in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

October 31, 2008
Yosemite National Park Announces The Tioga Trailheads Project
Yosemite National Park is preparing a Tioga Trailheads Environmental Assessment (EA) to provide corridor-wide trailhead design guidelines; to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources; and to improve visitor safety, access, and enjoyment. This project will consider alternative means to improve traffic and pedestrian travel patterns, way-finding, accessibility, interpretation, picnicking facilities, food storage, and waste management.

October 30, 2008
Tioga Road to close in Yosemite National Park
With the arrival of the first winter storm of the season, the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will close this evening at 7:00 p.m. The storm is bringing rain to the Sierra Nevada region with significant snowfall expected at higher elevations.

October 24, 2008
Historic Tunnel View Overlook Makeover Completed in Yosemite National Park
Secretary of the Interior Kempthorne Dedicates First Centennial Initiative Project

October 14, 2008
Rockfall in Yosemite National Park
Minor injuries and several cabins destroyed in significant rockfall event

October 14, 2008
Yosemite National Park Cautions Poachers
No abstract supplied.

October 02, 2008
Yosemite National Park Announces Signing of the Invasive Plant Management Plan
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael J. Tollefson announced the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on September 19, 2008 for the Invasive Plant Management Plan for Yosemite National Park Environmental Assessment (EA).

September 19, 2008
Fifth Annual "Yosemite Facelift" Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 24 - 28, 2008
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the "Yosemite Facelift" September 24-28, 2008. 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.

September 19, 2008
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fee in Celebration of National Public Lands Day and to Honor Newly Naturalized Citizens
No abstract supplied.

September 12, 2008
Yosemite National Park to Begin Fall Prescribed Fire Program
No abstract supplied.

August 29, 2008
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Scoping Period for The Tenaya Lake Area Plan
No abstract supplied.

August 22, 2008
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Named New President of The Yosemite Fund
Mike Tollefson to lead successful nonprofit that raises funds to improve Yosemite National Park

August 14, 2008
Postage Stamp Unveiled in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

August 14, 2008
Yosemite National Park Invites Public To Open House (August 2008)
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

August 06, 2008
Full Electrical Power Restored to Yosemite National Park
Telegraph Fire 100% Contained

July 27, 2008
Yosemite National Park Remains Fully Open During Telegraph Fire
Roads and facilities in Yosemite National Park remain open with limited impacts in Yosemite Valley due to the Telegraph Fire burning in Midpines, CA.

July 21, 2008
Yosemite National Park And Yosemite Institute Partner for Innovative Field Research Course
The Yosemite Institute and Yosemite National Park will host 18 high school students from across the United States to initiate the Yosemite Institute’s Summer Research course. 

July 17, 2008
Yosemite National Park Invites Public To Open House (July 30, 2008)
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

June 11, 2008
Search Continues for Missing Visitor in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park staff continues to search today for Esmin Garmendia-Barrios.

June 11, 2008
Missing Visitor Found in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

June 10, 2008
Search Underway for Missing Person in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

June 09, 2008
Search Begins for Missing Hiker in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park staff began the search today for Ssmyn (Ess-meen”) Barrios. 

June 04, 2008
Yosemite National Park Announces the Public Comment Period for the Invasive Plant Management Plan Environmental Assessment
The public comment period for the Invasive Plant Management Plan Environmental Assessment will open on Friday, June 13, 2008 and will run through Sunday, July 13, 2008.

May 19, 2008
Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2008)
Visitors urged to take safety precautions for upcoming Memorial Day Weekend

May 15, 2008
Yosemite National Park Rangers Honored With Valor Awards from the Department of the Interior
Nine Yosemite rangers received Valor Awards from Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne at the 65th Annual Honor Awards Convocation in Washington DC on May 13, 2008.

May 08, 2008
School Bus Collision Causes Minor to Moderate Injuries in Yosemite National Park
Two school busses headed toward Yosemite Valley from the Yellow Middle School in Newman, California collided today in a rear end collision.

April 29, 2008
Glacier Point Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2008)
Road to Mariposa Grove Opened April 26, 2008; Tioga Road Plowing Progressing Well

April 24, 2008
Historic Tunnel View Overlook Rehabilitation to Begin as First Centennial Project in Yosemite National Park
The historic Tunnel View Overlook will receive a much-needed makeover thanks to the National Park Service Centennial Initiative and partnership with The Yosemite Fund.

April 21, 2008
El Portal Market Burns in Yosemite National Park
Historic building a park fixture since 1934

April 17, 2008
Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities
President George W. Bush has proclaimed April 19- 27, 2008 as National Park Week and encourages everyone to enjoy the natural wonders and inspirational history found in parks across the country.

April 10, 2008
Yosemite National Park to be Featured on New Travel Channel Show
No abstract supplied.

April 08, 2008
Spring Prescribed Fire Program to Begin in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

April 07, 2008
El Portal Market Concessions Contract Awarded in Yosemite National Park
The National Park Service has awarded a concession contact for year-round operation and management of the El Portal Market, a grocery and general merchandise store located within the El Portal Administrative Site adjacent to Yosemite National Park.

February 05, 2008
Search Underway for Missing Snowboarders Near Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

February 05, 2008
Snowboarders Found in Yosemite National Park
Three snowboarders, missing since Monday afternoon, were located by helicopter spotters at around 2:00pm near the South Fork of the Merced River.

January 29, 2008
Yosemite National Park Welcomes Malidoma Patrice Some, PhD. for Black History Month Celebration
Public Invited to Free February 6th Event at the El Portal Community Hall, Dinner at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00 pm

January 29, 2008
Yosemite National Park Managers Invite Public to Tuolumne Planning Workshop in Yosemite Valley
No abstract supplied.

January 23, 2008
Yosemite National Park Invites Public to User Capacity Symposium
Symposium designed to address user capacity issues in national parks and other public lands, including implications for Yosemite National Park's future park planning efforts

January 17, 2008
Yosemite National Park Announces Launch of Oral History Project
Participants sought for recorded sessions to document Yosemite area history currently titled "I Remember Yosemite…"

January 17, 2008
Yosemite National Park Invites Public to Open House (January 2008)
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on January 30, 2008 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

January 03, 2008
Yosemite National Park Announces Opening of Public Scoping for Vogelsang Backcountry Utilities Improvement Project
Project will be accompanied by an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental effects of a range of project alternatives

December 10, 2007
El Portal Road Reconstruction Hours Announced in Yosemite National Park
The El Portal Road is a park road that begins at the western boundary of Yosemite National Park. It begins at the eastern end of California State Highway 140 and continues 7.5 miles east to the Pohono Bridge.

December 07, 2007
Winter Conditions Close the Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road For the Season in Yosemite National Park
Winter conditions bring the opportunity for a variety of cold- weather activities, including snow-shoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice skating, and winter hiking and backcountry use.

November 30, 2007
"Holiday in the National Parks" Celebrated at the White House
Yosemite National Park Ornament Displayed on the Official White House Christmas Tree

November 14, 2007
Wildland Fires Continue to Expand in Yosemite National Park
Fires are being managed for resource benefit and community safety

November 09, 2007
Photography Exhibit Opening in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

November 07, 2007
Lightning-Caused Fires Managed for Public Safety and Resource Benefit in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

October 23, 2007
El Portal Market Contract Available in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

October 04, 2007
Half Dome Cables Scheduled to Come Down for Season in Yosemite National Park
The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park are scheduled to be taken down on October 15, 2007, weather permitting.

October 03, 2007
Marijuana Cultivation Sites Eradicated in Merced River Drainage
No abstract supplied.

September 26, 2007
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fee in Celebration of National Public Lands Day
All National Park Service sites, including Yosemite National Park, will offer free visitor admission on September 29, 2007 for National Public Lands Day. 

September 25, 2007
Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest Announce Public Review and Comment Period for Hetch Hetchy Communication System Upgrade Project Environmental Assessment/Initial Study
Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest announce the public comment period for the Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (EA/IS) for the Hetch Hetchy Communication System Upgrade Project. The EA/IS outlines a range of feasible project alternatives, including a no action alternative, and analyzes the environmental effects of each. The public review and comment period for the EA/IS will open from October 2, 2007 to November 2, 2007. Written comments must be postmarked no later than November 2, 2007.

September 21, 2007
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Review Period for the Tunnel View Overlook Environmental Assessment
No abstract supplied.

September 19, 2007
Fourth Annual "Yosemite Facelift" Volunteer Event to be Held in Yosemite National Park September 26-30, 2007
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the "Yosemite Facelift" September 26-30, 2007. 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.

September 18, 2007
Missing Hiker Found in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

September 18, 2007
Yosemite National Park Invites Public To Open House (September 2007)
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

September 16, 2007
Search Underway for Missing Hiker in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

September 05, 2007
Bald and Babcock Wildland Fire Use Fires Grow in Yosemite National Park
The Bald and Babcock Fires are the largest and most active of the several lightning-caused fires currently burning in Yosemite National Park.

August 14, 2007
Marijuana Gardens Raided in Yosemite National Park
On Monday, August 13, 2007, Yosemite National Park Rangers located and seized 7,428 mature marijuana plants from three gardens in the park related to the same growing operation. The value of the marijuana plants is estimated at about $22 million.

August 14, 2007
Missing Woman Found Dead in Yosemite National Park
The search for a missing woman in Yosemite National Park ended on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 when her body was located in the Echo Creek drainage, a rugged wilderness area southwest of Tuolumne Meadows.

August 08, 2007
Yosemite National Park Welcomes Ford Transportation Interns
Tomoko Tamagawa, 23, and Kelley Sterle, 22, are spending three months in Yosemite National Park as interns this summer, teaching visitors about the history of transportation in Yosemite and the use of alternative technology in transportation as well as about the natural, cultural, and historical resources in Yosemite National Park. They are participating in the Proud Partner Transportation Interpreter Program, which is made possible through a partnership between the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, the Student Conservation Association, and the Ford Motor Company.

August 06, 2007
Ottorina Bonaventura Search Incident Update
Effective Monday, August 6, 2007, the search efforts for lost backpacker Ottorina Bonaventura transitioned to a limited continuous search strategy involving local ground searchers and an investigations unit.

August 04, 2007
Search Continuing into the Weekend for Missing Hiker
The search continues today for a missing backpacker in the wilderness area east of Merced Lake in Yosemite National Park.

August 03, 2007
Additional Resources in Place as Search Continues for Missing Backpacker in Yosemite National Park
The search continues today for a missing backpacker in the wilderness area east of Merced Lake in Yosemite National Park.

August 02, 2007
Search Continues for Missing Backpacker in Yosemite National Park
The search continues today for a missing backpacker in the wilderness area east of Merced Lake in Yosemite National Park.

August 01, 2007
Search Underway for Missing Backpacker in Yosemite National Park
A large-scale search is underway in Yosemite National Park for Ottorrina “Terrina” Bonaventura, 80, from Schererville, Indiana.

July 26, 2007
Yosemite National Park Mourns Passing of Long-Time Volunteer Kathie Orr
Kathie Orr, a Yosemite volunteer and former Yosemite Association board member, died of natural causes in her trailer at North Pines Campground on July 23, 2007. She was 72.

July 23, 2007
Yosemite National Park Invites Public to Open House July 25, 2007
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

July 16, 2007
Tuolumne Planning Workbook Available in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

July 16, 2007
USGS Botanists Help Identify a New Orchid, the Yosemite Bog-Orchid
An orchid so elusive, 70 years elapsed after George Henry Grinnell collected the first specimens in 1923 before a new generation of botanists rediscovered its location in 1993. But the plant’s identity remained a challenge to taxonomists. Now, two U.S. Geological Survey botanists and a colleague at the New York State Museum have identified the orchid as a new species, the Yosemite bog-orchid (Platanthera yosemitensis), according to a recent publication in the journal of the California Botanical Society, Madroño.

July 12, 2007
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Review and Comment Period for Hodgdon Meadow Housing Area Trailer Replacement and Utilities Improvement Project Environmental Assessment
Environmental Assessment (EA) will be released on July 16, 2007

June 18, 2007
Hiker Dies on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
Hirofumi Nohara, 37, slipped and fell while ascending the Half Dome cables on June 16, 2007 at around 2:30pm.

June 14, 2007
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Review and Comment Period for Glacier Point Road Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment
No abstract supplied.

June 06, 2007
Chiura Obata Exhibit to Open in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Museum Gallery exhibit to run from June 9, 2007 to October 21, 2007

May 30, 2007
Yosemite National Park Invites Public to Community Safety Day
June 1, 2007 event will focus on community health, safety, prevention, and emergency services.

May 30, 2007
Yosemite National Park Announces Public Review and Comment Period for Reconstructing Critically Eroded Sections of the El Portal Road Environmental Assessment
Public review and comment will be sought on the Environmental Assessment (EA) to be released in June, 2007

May 21, 2007
Half Dome Cables in Place in Yosemite National Park
The cables allowing trail access to hikers to the summit of Half Dome were put in place on May 17, 2007.

May 21, 2007
National Park Officials Urge Visitors to Use Extreme Caution Around Waterways
Currents in rivers, streams, and creeks are still moving too quickly to be safe for water recreation in most places. Drowning is one of the most common causes of death in the Sierra Nevada.

May 18, 2007
Yosemite National Park Announcing Public Scoping for the Tunnel View Overlook Rehabilitation Project
Proposed rehabilitation project addresses safety, sanitation, and accessibility issues.

May 18, 2007
Yosemite National Park Announces Beginning of Fire Season
Yosemite National Park declares the beginning of fire season for the park on Monday, May 21st.

May 16, 2007
Yosemite National Park Announces Merced River Plan Public Scoping Meetings
No abstract supplied.

May 16, 2007
Yosemite National Park Invites Public to Open House (May 2007)
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

May 15, 2007
Sister Parks Partnership between Torres del Paine and Yosemite
On May 10, a Sister Parks agreement was signed at the Chile's Foreign Ministry.

May 09, 2007
Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Mike Tollefson announced today that the Tioga Road (Highway 120 East through Yosemite National Park) will open for the season on May 11, 2007 at noon.

May 03, 2007
Glacier Point Road to Open in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

April 17, 2007
Yosemite National Park Invites Public to Tuolumne Planning Workshop in Yosemite Valley
No abstract supplied.

April 06, 2007
Yosemite National Park Advises Visitors of Quarantined Wood
Park officials concerned about spread of Sudden Oak Death from infested coastal California counties

March 28, 2007
Yosemite National Park Announces Merced River Plan Public Scoping
No abstract supplied.

March 21, 2007
Yosemite National Park Invites Public To Open House (March 20, 2007)
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Friday, March 30, 2007 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

February 12, 2007
Chinese Rangers Participating in Seven-Week Long Exchange Program in Yosemite National Park
Jiuzhaigo National Park in the western Sichuan Province and Yosemite National Park share ideas and practices about park management

February 01, 2007
Yosemite National Park Managers Invite Public to Tuolumne Planning Events in Yosemite Valley
The National Park Service invites the public to participate in a series of public events as part of management planning for the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River and Tuolumne Meadows area.

January 18, 2007
Yosemite National Park Initiates Improved Campground Reservation System
New system highlights improved customer service and easier access to campsite reservations.

November 29, 2006
Tioga Road and Glacier Point Roads Close for the Winter Season in
The Tioga Road and the Glacier Point Road have closed for the winter season due to snow and icy conditions.

November 21, 2006
Yosemite National Park Invites Public To Open House (November 29, 2006)
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

November 17, 2006
Wildland Fire Season Concludes in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

November 15, 2006
Yosemite National Park Announces Opening of Public Scoping for El Portal Road Reconstruction--Pohono Bridge to the Big Oak Flat Road Intersection
No abstract supplied.

October 24, 2006
Celebration of Life Scheduled for Yosemite Association President Steven P. Medley
A celebration honoring the life of Steven P. Medley will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2006 in Yosemite National Park. Steve was the president of the non-profit Yosemite Association from 1985 until his death in a car accident on October 5, 2006.

October 24, 2006
Yosemite National Park Invites Public To Open House (October 2006)
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium.

October 24, 2006
Climber Dies in Yosemite National Park
An experienced rock climber fell to his death Monday, October 23, 2006, while climbing near Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite Valley.

October 12, 2006
Significant Ecological Restoration Projects Completed and Ongoing in Yosemite Valley
Recent projects continue to decrease the overall human footprint in Yosemite Valley while providing for an improved visitor experience.

October 10, 2006
Yosemite National Park's Fall Prescribed Fire Program to Start
Yosemite National Park will begin conducting fall prescribed fire activities to meet the management goals for wildland urban interface protection and ecosystem restoration.

October 05, 2006
Yosemite Association President Dies in Auto Accident
Steven P. Medley, longtime President of the Yosemite Association, died in a single vehicle automobile accident this morning while traveling to work in Yosemite National Park. He was 55 years old.

September 29, 2006
$3.5 Million Donated to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Fund Contribution Goes To Trail Repair, Visitor Service Improvements & Habitat Restoration

September 28, 2006
Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day
Park admission fee will be waived September 30, 2006

September 28, 2006
Yosemite Climbing Association and Yosemite National Park Announce Third Annual Yosemite Facelift
No abstract supplied.

September 18, 2006
Firefighters Suppressing Powerhouse Fire in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

September 18, 2006
Powerhouse Fire Contained in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

September 13, 2006
Hundreds Celebrate Completion of Facelift to Yosemite's Dramatic Olmsted Point Overlook
No abstract supplied.

August 28, 2006
Public Invited to 9th Annual Bear Awareness Day/Apple Picking
The 9th Annual Apple Picking Event and Bear Awareness Day will be held at the Curry Village Orchard Parking Lot in Yosemite Valley on August 30, 2006 from 10am to 1pm. 

August 26, 2006
Yosemite National Park Takes Fire Management Actions to Reduce Smoke
Fire managers in Yosemite National Park are making efforts to reduce smoke from multiple fires in the park.

August 23, 2006
Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson Named an Honorary Kentucky Colonel
Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson was named an Honorary Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed upon him by Ernie Fletcher, the Governor of Kentucky. Shelton was nominated for this honor by Derrick W. Graham, a Kentucky State Representative.

August 22, 2006
Yosemite National Park Invites Public to Open House
The National Park Service welcomes those interested to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday, August 30, 2006

August 21, 2006
Interagency Effort to Suppress Fire is Started in Yosemite National Park
No abstract supplied.

July 27, 2006
Wildland Fire Use Projects Continue to Burn
Fire officials are continuing to monitor several lightening-caused fires in Yosemite National Park. Approximately nine fires are currently considered active in areas around the park, consisting of about 100 total acres.

July 15, 2006
Missing CCC worker found dead in Yosemite National Park
The search for a missing California Conservation Corps (CCC) trail crew member working in Yosemite National Park ended on Friday, July 14, 2006 when his body was located half-way down the Royal Arches wall north of the Ahwahnee Hotel.

Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

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.