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 Announces Public Meetings Regarding the Tuolumne River Plan
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announces several public meetings regarding the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River (Tuolumne River Plan). The public meetings will take place at Parsons Memorial Lodge in Tuolumne Meadows on August 20, September 10, September 11, September 17, and September 18, 2010. All meetings will occur from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
In 1984, the Tuolumne River became a federally protected Wild and Scenic River. Yosemite National Park is currently drafting a management plan for the 54 miles of the Tuolumne River that flows through the park. The Tuolumne River Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be released for public comment in late 2010 or early 2011.
Visitors attending the public meetings will learn what makes the Tuolumne River a Wild and Scenic River and why it stands out from other rivers. Visitors will also learn ways in which to protect and enhance river values for the future. Attendees at the meetings are encouraged to share ideas regarding the planning effort. There are also special activities planned for kids.
The meetings will include a slideshow presentation, followed by a short walk to the Tuolumne River. Attendees are advised to bring water, sunscreen, and sturdy walking shoes. Visitors should allow 30 minutes to walk to Parsons Memorial Lodge from the Tioga Road.
To learn more about the Tuolumne River Plan, please visitwww.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/trp.htm.
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.