Tioga & Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Winter
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed due to snow; they usually reopen late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »
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. 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/whitewolflodge.
The public is invited to attend the park's monthly Open House and discuss the project with park staff on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. The Open House will be held at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, behind the Valley Visitor Center, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The EA evaluates the No Action Alternative (continuation of as-needed emergency repairs and routine and periodic maintenance) and one action alternative (preferred alternative). Rehabilitation under the preferred alternative includes accessibility modifications to the main building, duplex cabins, and immediate surroundings. Modifications would occur to some cabins, paths of travel, and restrooms for day and lodge users. Other repairs include improvements to the flooring, foundations, and roofing at the main building and the duplex cabins; operational efficiency improvements including providing an alternative location for two self-contained cold-storage units for kitchen operations; and site grading and drainage/foundation improvements to minimize further weather-related damage to the structures and paths onsite.
The preferred method for submitting comments is through the PEPC website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/whitewolflodge. Printed and CD copies of the plan will be available at the Open House on Wednesday, February 29, or can be requested by emailing Yose_Planning@nps.gov. Limited hard-copies are available. Comments may also be submitted via mail and should be postmarked by March 23, 2012 to: Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, Attn: White Wolf Lodge and Duplex Cabins Rehabilitation, PO Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389.
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.