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Yosemite National Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day (2010)

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Date: September 15, 2010

Park Entrance Fees Waived for the Day

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.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American’s enjoy. In 2009, 150,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, and removed trash and invasive plants on public lands across the country.  

Yosemite National Park’s major emphasis for the day will be the Yosemite Facelift. This volunteer effort begins Wednesday, September 22, and continues through Sunday, September 26. Last year, this massive cleanup effort yielded over 60,000 pounds of trash collected throughout the park. Over 1,200 volunteers donated 16,488 hours to the effort. Additionally, more than 100 miles of roadway were cleaned, as well as over 120 miles of trails. For more information on the Yosemite Facelift, please visit www.yosemiteclimbing.org.

Fees being waived for National Public Lands Day include the park entrance only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived. The fee waiver is good for National Public Lands Day only.  

Other federal agencies participating in National Public Lands Day include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Did You Know?

Vernal and Nevada Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.