Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire
The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »
Yosemite National Park is Open
Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.
Yosemite National Park 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).
Three documents have been released as a result of the aforementioned settlement agreement. These documents include the Revised YVP Record of Decision (ROD), the Revised Yosemite Lodge Area Redevelopment Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and the Revised Curry Village and East Yosemite Valley Campgrounds Improvements FONSI. The YVP document rescinds the ROD, and the second two documents amend the FONSI’s.
The park has initiated the planning process to complete a new Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River in Yosemite National Park.
The Revised Yosemite Valley Plan ROD, Revised Yosemite Lodge Area Redevelopment FONSI, and Revised Curry Village and East Yosemite Valley Campgrounds Improvements FONSI are available in their entirety at http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/litigation.htm.
Did You Know?
The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.