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October 01, 2014
Yosemite National Park Commemorates 124th Anniversary
Today commemorates the 124th anniversary of Yosemite National Park, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison on October 1, 1890. The legislation preserved and protected more than 1,500 square miles, including Tuolumne Meadows, the park’s high country, and Hetch Hetchy. Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias were still under the control of the State of California due to the provisions of the Yosemite Grant. However, the combination of the legislation and the existing Yosemite Grant comprised most of Yosemite National Park as it is known today.

September 23, 2014
New Program Tracks Yosemite’s Bears in Real Time
For the first time, National Park Service wildlife managers in Yosemite will map and monitor the movement of the park's black bears in real-time to help wildlife managers understand the animals' activities beyond Yosemite Valley.Yosemite Conservancy donors are contributing nearly $70,000 to purchase GPS collars to track the bears.

September 23, 2014
YARTS Celebrates One Millionth Rider to Yosemite National Park
The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) celebrated its one millionth rider this summer. Long-time Yosemite National Park employee Julia Parker, Indian Cultural Demonstrator and regular YARTS rider, had the honor of being the one millionth rider. Parker has been riding YARTS from Midpines to Yosemite Valley since the inception of the program. Parker will be presented with a certificate and a keepsake photograph to commemorate this occasion.

September 18, 2014
Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the Facelift, an annual event held to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. The event starts on Tuesday, September 23, and continues through Sunday, September 28, 2014. Trash pick-up volunteer days will start on Wednesday, September 24. 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 11, 2014
Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park to Open Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The cables have been closed since Sunday night, September 7, due to a wildfire. The Meadow Fire, located east of Half Dome and near Little Yosemite Valley, is currently at 4,906 acres and is 23% contained.

September 10, 2014
Yosemite National Park and Paradox Sports Conduct Climbing Event to Honor Veterans
Yosemite National Park is hosting a multi-day event in which thirteen disabled United States Military Veterans will climb and hike several iconic peaks in Yosemite National Park. Paradox Sports organized the climbs and hikes, in conjunction with the National Park Service (NPS), for the second annual event. The disabled veterans, along with Yosemite veterans and Park Rangers, have begun climbs and hikes to iconic peaks such as El Capitan, Royal Arches, and Ranger Rock, with the intention of reaching the respective summits on Thursday, September 11. The event is designed to honor all veterans and commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

September 08, 2014
Meadow Fire Suppression Efforts Continue in Yosemite National Park Wilderness
The Meadow Fire, in Yosemite National Park’s high country, is estimated at 2,582 acres. The fire, originating in Yosemite’s high-elevation wilderness, is located east of Half Dome and near Little Yosemite Valley, a backcountry camping area. The Meadow Fire was reported yesterday around 12:30 p.m., Sunday, September 7, 2014 after a visible smoke column was spotted. All roads, entrance stations, and park facilities in Yosemite National Park remain open and operational. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

September 07, 2014
Wildfire in Yosemite National Park
A wildfire that started early this afternoon in Yosemite National Park in Yosemite National Park has grown to approximately 700 acres. The Meadow Fire originated in Yosemite's backcountry wilderness, east of Half Dome and Little Yosemite Valley, at approximately noon today. Approximately 100 hikers were evacuated from the top of Half Dome, Little Yosemite Valley, and surrounding trails, via helicopter. There are no reported injuries or structures affected by the wildfire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

August 28, 2014
Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery to Sponsor
Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Gallery announce the fourth annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest. The Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest celebrates the creativity 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. This year the contest will expand to include students in Sonora, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes, California. Students should submit artwork and poetry no later than Friday, October 3, 2014.

August 27, 2014
Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot to be Temporarily Closed
The Tuolumne Grove parking lot in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closed beginning September 8, 2014 while improvements are made to the trailhead and parking area. During the month of September, the parking lot will close at 6:00 a.m. on Mondays and re-open at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. There will be no weekend work during the month of September. Beginning October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 the parking lot will be closed seven days a week. The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will remain open, with limited parking available at the Crane Flat Gas Station and other road turnouts.

August 22, 2014
Yosemite National Park Conducts Sierra Wilderness Celebration
Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 30th Anniversary of the California Wilderness Act on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Special events will take place throughout the day in Yosemite Valley and are designed to honor and celebrate the signing of these two acts, engage the public to better understand and appreciate wilderness, bring wilderness conservation organizations together, and connect with today’s youth and non-wilderness users.

August 20, 2014
Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Founder’s Day on August 25, 2014
On Monday, August 25, 2014, Yosemite National Park will celebrate Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day marks the birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). This year, the NPS will be celebrating its 98th birthday. In commemoration of this significant day, entrance fees will be waived for all park visitors.

August 18, 2014
Yosemite National Park Receives 2014 America’s Best Idea Grant from the National Park Foundation
Yosemite National Park is one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Inspired by Ken Burns’ critically acclaimed documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” this program builds partnerships between national parks and community, state, and other public organizations, and engages diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspires participants to become stewards of our National Park System.

August 07, 2014
Yosemite National Park Receives 2014 California Preservation Foundation Design Award
Yosemite National Park has been selected by the California Preservation Foundation as the recipient of the 2014 Preservation Design Award in recognition of the publication of A Sense of Place: Design Guidelines for Yosemite National Park. The Preservation Design Award is specifically intended to recognize excellence in historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and sustainability. A ceremony to present the award to the park will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.

August 01, 2014
NatureBridge Announces Grant from Alcoa Foundation
NatureBridge and Alcoa Foundation proudly announce the 2014 NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program. Twenty-four high school students were selected from more than 160 applicants from Alcoa communities around the world, representing 18 countries. This summer, these Scholars will participate in a 10-day program immersed in the wonder and science of Yosemite National Park while building connections with each other.

July 30, 2014
Big Oak Flat Road Re-Open in Yosemite National Park
The Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) in Yosemite National Park has been reopened to vehicular traffic on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The road was temporarily closed due to fire activity related to the El Portal Fire. All other roads within the park, including the Tioga Road, are open and clear, with the exception of the Foresta community access road, which remains closed at this time. Crane Flat, Yosemite Creek, and Bridalveil Creek Campgrounds remain closed. All other park campgrounds remain open.

July 24, 2014
Yosemite National Park Seeking Volunteers to Assist with Park Projects
Yosemite National Park is seeking help from the interested people to assist in preserving, restoring, and enjoying Yosemite Valley. Experienced work leaders will guide each day's group 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.

July 22, 2014
Tourism to Yosemite National Park creates $373 million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,691,192 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2013 spent $373,269,800 in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,033 jobs in the local area.

July 16, 2014
Fire Restrictions in Effect in Yosemite National Park
Fire restrictions for Yosemite National Park went into effect yesterday, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The fire order restricts the use of campfires in wilderness below 6,000 feet in elevation. However, campfires in designated campgrounds and picnic areas will still be allowed.

July 09, 2014
National Park Service Releases Prospectus for Business Opportunity in Yosemite National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) today has issued a Prospectus soliciting proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, auto fuel, recreation activities, and other related services within Yosemite National Park.

July 03, 2014
Busy Holiday Weekend Expected in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park anticipates a busy Fourth of July weekend and Yosemite Park Rangers would like to remind visitors how to best enjoy summer weekends in the park. On average, Yosemite sees nearly 4 million visitors annually; approximately 55% of those arrive during the summer and frequently on weekends.

June 30, 2014
Yosemite Anniversary Celebrated with Groundbreaking for Landmark Project to Protect the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Under a towering canopy of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy and public officials today celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, the legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln to preserve Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove, by breaking ground on a landmark project to protect the ancient sequoia trees and the extraordinary experience they make possible.

June 25, 2014
Boxer, Feinstein Praise Sentage Passage of Resolution Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act
U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) today praised the passage of their resolution honoring the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 that permanently protected the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove.

June 13, 2014
Barry Hance Memorial Award Given at Yosemite National Park (2014)
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced yesterday that Julia Parker, Indian Cultural Demonstrator, and Stephen “Stevie” Lynds, Trails Supervisor, are the recipients of the 2013 Barry Hance Memorial Award. Although the award is typically presented to one Yosemite employee annually, the Awards Committee felt that two nominees were deserving of the award. The awards were given during an all employees meeting on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients.

June 03, 2014
Yosemite National Park Announces Road Construction on Tioga Road
Road construction on the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park began this week, and will continue through September 30, 2015. This two-year rehabilitation project is a multi-phased construction project that encompasses improvements to the Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot and the Tioga Road Corridor. This phase of the rehabilitation work will include a 15 mile segment along the road from the Crane Flat Intersection to just east of White Wolf. The construction work will include improvements to culvert drainages, road grading and pavement resurfacing, new signage, and road striping.

June 02, 2014
Busy Summer Weekends Expected in Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park anticipates a robust 2014 summer season and offers tips to visitors on how to best enjoy the Yosemite Region during the park’s 150th Anniversary Year. On average, Yosemite National Park sees 3.8 million visitors annually; approximately 55% of those visitors arrive between June and September. To best enjoy the park and region during the busiest months, the National Park Service provides these special suggestions and tips to visitors.

May 28, 2014
New Museum Exhibit, Yosemite, the Grand Experiment, Opens in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park unveils a new exhibit entitled Yosemite, the Grand Experiment which opens to the public on Tuesday, June 3. It will run through Saturday, October 18, 2014. The exhibit is located in the Yosemite Valley Museum (adjacent to the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center) and features paintings, prints, artifacts, and ephemera from Yosemite’s early years. Photographs and paintings of visitors and the landscape from the park museum’s extensive collection, including some of the earliest Yosemite images, will also be on display. Survey equipment, notes, and maps will be included.

May 13, 2014
Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park to Open Friday, May 16
The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be reset this Friday, May 16, 2014. This opening date is a week earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack. Hikers wishing to ascend the cables between May 16 and May 22 can apply online at: www.recreation.gov for a first-come, first-served, permit. Permits for the early season week will be available at 7:00 a.m. (PDT) / 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, May 14. These early season permits are required, non-refundable and non-transferable.

May 09, 2014
Yosemite National Park Rangers Win Valor Awards for Technical Rescue
Four Yosemite National Park employees received Valor Awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on yesterday, Thursday, May 8, 2014. The rangers were recognized and honored for their valorous efforts from a complex and technical rescue on El Capitan in September 2011. The awards were given to two Yosemite National Park Rangers, Jeffrey Webb and David Pope, and two Yosemite Helitack Crewmembers Eric Small and Jeff Pirog. Additionally, a private contract park helicopter pilot, Richard Shatto, was also honored with a Citizen’s Award for Bravery for his expertise in piloting the helicopter during the intense rescue operation.

May 02, 2014
Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) Prohibited in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park advises visitors that the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited within park boundaries due to regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Specifically, the use of drones within the park boundaries is illegal under all circumstances. Thirty Six CFR 2.17(a)(3) states, “delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss, or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit” is illegal. This applies to drones of all shapes and sizes.

May 01, 2014
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to open tomorrow, Friday, May 2 at Noon
The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season tomorrow, tomorrow, Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon 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.

April 23, 2014
Bishop Creek Prescribed Fire Postponed in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park Fire Managers have rescheduled a prescribed fire in the Bishop Creek area for early May. The prescribed fire, originally scheduled for the end of April, is postponed because of forecasted rain in the area. Yosemite is expecting up to one inch of rain throughout the park. Ignition of the prescribed fire is dependent on weather and moisture levels.

April 16, 2014
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park (April 2014)
Yosemite National Park is planning a 1,447 acre prescribed fire in the southwestern portion of the park near Yosemite West. The burn is projected to start the week of April 28, depending upon weather conditions. Ignition will take approximately five days with active burning, and about two weeks to monitor burn down activity. The Wawona Road will remain open during the burn, however, traffic control may be instituted if conditions require. Firefighters, fire equipment, smoke and debris may be present on the roadway.

April 15, 2014
Yosemite National Park announces Availability of the Ansel Adams Gallery Complex Rehabilitation
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Ansel Adams Gallery Buildings Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA will be available for public review and comment from April 16, 2014 to May 16, 2014. The EA addresses the rehabilitation needs while retaining the historic integrity of the structures.

April 11, 2014
Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open Monday, April 14 at Noon
The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season for automobile traffic on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.

April 10, 2014
Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2014)
Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day from Saturday, April 19, through Sunday, April 27, 2014. Special events and activities are being sponsored and organized by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Yosemite Conservancy, and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

April 07, 2014
Rockfall Closes Trail to Rancheria Falls in Yosemite National Park
A rockfall in the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite National Park closes trail east of Wapama Falls. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on March 31, a large rockfall occurred from the cliff just east of Wapama Falls above the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. No visitors were injured. However, the trail was closed just east of the Wapama Creek footbridges for safety purposes, and due to boulders preventing access beyond Wapama Falls.

April 03, 2014
New Yosemite Theater Performances and Art Workshops Unveiled by Yosemite Conservancy Celebrate Park History and Grandeur
Yosemite Conservancy announced an exciting line-up for the Yosemite Theater 2014 season celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act as well as a host of new art workshops to inspire visitors to create memories of the park’s iconic landscape, wildlife and people.

April 02, 2014
Yosemite National Park Reopens Areas Affected by Rim Fire
Yosemite National Park reopens areas that were previously closed because of the Rim Fire. All areas previously closed, including the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and hiking trails in the Hetch Hetchy area, are now open to the public. Visitors traveling in the areas impacted by last year’s Rim Fire should be aware of potential risks including hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails.

March 07, 2014
Yosemite National Park Partners with Macy’s “Heart your Park”
Yosemite National Park is participating in the “Heart Your Parks” fundraising program in partnership with Macy’s Department Stores. The program is a part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, 2014, customers at the Visalia, California, Macy’s can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Yosemite National Park. Additionally, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.

March 06, 2014
Prescribed Fire Scheduled in Yosemite National Park Burn Scheduled for Hetch Hetchy Area
Yosemite National Park is planning a prescribed fire in the Hetch Hetchy area, near the O’Shaughnessy Dam. The fire is planned for mid to late March and will include a total of 57 acres. Ignition and active burning will take approximately one to two days and a few additional days to patrol and monitor until the end of the burn.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Yosemite National Park Creates over $378 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,853,404 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2012 spent $378,757.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,162 jobs in the local area.

February 28, 2014
Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available for Reservation Starting March 1 2014
Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Available for Reservation Starting March 1, 2014

February 20, 2014
Yosemite National Park Commemorates Restoration of Yosemite Cemetery
Yosemite National Park Commemorates Restoration of Yosemite Cemetery

February 19, 2014
Yosemite National Park to Award Short Films Celebrating Nature and Connection to Yosemite
Yosemite National Park to Award Short Films Celebrating Nature and Connection to Yosemite

February 18, 2014
NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders 2014
NatureBridge Summer Teen Program in Yosemite National Park Builds Future Scientists and Leaders (2014)

February 14, 2014
Yosemite National Park Announces the Release of the Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
“This plan will protect the Merced River and its outstandingly remarkable values into perpetuity and provide quality visitor facilities and access,” stated Don Neubacher, Yosemite Superintendent. “The planning process has been a monumental effort and we appreciate all the public input we have received. We now want to move forward with actions in the Plan that are critical to the preservation and enjoyment of this iconic national treasure.”

February 10, 2014
Yosemite National Park Ranger Aaron Smith Receives Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award
Yosemite National Park Ranger Aaron Smith received the Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award, given annually for excellence in “rangering.” Smith was recognized for his overall impact, record of accomplishments, and excellence in traditional ranger duties. He will be considered, along with six other National Park Service regional award winners, for the National Harry Yount Award. This prestigious award is one of the highest recognitions a ranger can receive. The award was presented at Yosemite National Park today.

January 10, 2014
Yosemite National Park to Waive Entrance Fees for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (2014)
Yosemite National Park will offer free admission into the park on Monday, January 20, 2014 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The fee free waiver is for all visitors in honor of the holiday.

December 12, 2013
Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Season in Yosemite National Park (2013)
The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite Area over the last several weeks have resulted in heavy snow accumulation throughout the park. Due to snowy and icy conditions, 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.

 

Did You Know?

Riparian area in Tuolumne Meadows

Riparian communities are adjacent to the river channel and tributaries; they are the interface between the river and surrounding meadow and upland communities. They provide specialized habitat and important nutrients to the meadow and river systems.