Safety means first aid to the uninjured. —Author Unknown (M. Doyle)
Campground openings for Memorial Day Weekend
Tamarack Flat campground will open at 10:00 AM on Friday 5/27 to the public. The campground will close to the public at noon on Friday June 10th. Spiritual Encampment begins in Tamarack Flat campground on June 11th and will continue through June 20th. Tamarack Flat will reopen to the public on June 21st for the season. The campground is available on a first come first serve basis and costs $12 per night.
Crane Flat campground will open at 10:00 AM on 5/27 for Memorial Day Weekend only. The entire campground will have portable toilets and hand washing stations. No water will be available in the campground. Campsites will be available on a first come first serve basis and cost $12 per night. The Crane Flat campground closes at noon on 5/30. (S. Ogden)
Yosemite National Park Anticipates Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend - News Release
Visitors are advised that severe traffic congestion is expected and will result in delays getting into and moving about the park
Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors in personal vehicles arriving late morning through mid-day should expect extensive delays getting into and moving about the park, particularly in Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Visitors are urged to enter the park before 9:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. in order to avoid traffic congestion and difficulty finding parking. The park also asks visitors to consider using alternative transportation, such as the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses, which serve the park from several gateway communities.
“The park has made improvements to parking, revamped entrance stations, added internal shuttle service, and additional YARTS bus service to alleviate congestion over the last few years, “ stated Don Neubacher, Park Superintendent. “However, we’ve been experiencing very high visitation and we wanted to ensure that visitors are informed and able to trip-plan accordingly during this very popular holiday weekend.”
So far this calendar year, visitation to the park has increased by over 20%. Last year, the park had severe traffic congestion, delays up to two hours, on major holidays and weekends like Memorial Day.
Yosemite National Park encourages visitors to enjoy our gateways communities and other Sierra public lands and sites during this holiday weekend. Adjacent areas such as Groveland, Eastern Sierra/Mammoth (Mono County), Oakhurst, Mariposa, and other public lands are major scenic areas adjacent to the park that are available for public recreation and sightseeing.
Tioga Road and Glacier Point Roads have both opened for the season. When the parking lot becomes full at Glacier Point, visitors will need to take a free shuttle bus from the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard area, formerly Badger Pass. The shuttle bus is expected to run during peak hours, 10 AM to 6 PM. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias remains closed for restoration.
Traffic becomes congested when parking spaces fill in Yosemite Valley. To preserve emergency and shuttle bus access, the park designates a single lane on the southside drive for bus and emergency vehicle access only. This lane enables buses to shuttle park visitors to popular sites, and also allows for emergency response to incidents which are ongoing despite traffic congestion. The bus and emergency vehicle lane is expected to be in use during the busy parts of the Memorial Day Weekend.
All campgrounds within Yosemite National Park on the reservation system are sold out through the Memorial Day weekend. There are a very limited number of first-come, first-served campsites within the park and those are expected to fill early. For 24 hour road and weather information, call 209-372-0200
. (S. Gediman)
Gift of Life
Yosemite Lions Club and Central California Blood Bank thanks the Yosemite community for the Gift of Life--we appreciate your contribution! 28 potential blood donors were processed, with a total of 23 pints collected. It was great to see some of our many "regulars" and meet new donors from the community! Thank you, Yosemite! We'll see you again in October in El Portal! (D. Stewart)
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a science-based decision-making process used by park managers who are investigating pest situations. The process includes identification of the pest, learning about the potential solutions, and selecting the least impacting one with the greatest likelihood of success. IPM focuses on prevention, education, and monitoring. At Yosemite, IPM is approached in partnership with Aramark, our major concessionaire. If you have questions about the Yosemite IPM program please contact Rachel Mazur, who coordinates the IPM program and quarterly meetings. If you work through the IPM system and decide you still need to use a chemical with an EPA number, please contact Garrett Dickman. He is in charge of tracking our use in the NPS Pesticide Use (PUPS) database and can set you up with the proper forms. If you have general questions about public health and/or zoonotic diseases, please contact Matthew Weinburke. (R. Mazur)
Now accepting applications for Program Director at Mariposa Heritage House and the C.O.R.E. This is a full time salaried position with benefits. Please refer to our website: www.alliance4community.org
. Applications with a resume and a cover letter are due Friday, June 3. (B. Chenoweth)
Sal's Night is This Thursday: Lucky You
Meet the Yosemite Employee Association and Sal's Taco truck at the rainbow's end, the Clark Community Hall in El Portal this Thursday night, May 26th. It's a place in time and space. Please come, be free and enjoy your local community. Happiness feels like this: Sal's Tacos upon your sleeve. (A. Davis)
The wilderness center is now open daily with the limited hours of 8:30 am to 4 pm. The wilderness center will also act as the visitor center until the summer utilities are operational. The center offers information about park activities, trail conditions, wilderness permits, bear canister rentals, books and maps. (N. Chakrin)