Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Thursday, May 19, 2011

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Thursday, May 19, 2011

WEATHER

Yosemite Valley
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph
becoming west northwest.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. North northwest wind between 3
and 10 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63. East northeast wind at 11 mph becoming
west.

El Portal
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph
becoming west.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. Northwest wind between 3 and
11 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 83. East northeast wind between 10 and 13
mph becoming light.

Wawona
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming west between 5
and 8 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. North northwest wind between 5
and 8 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming west between 5 and 8
mph.

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HAPPENING TODAY

Wawona Area Pile Burning
Pile burning began in the Bill’s Hill area of Wawona May 18, 2011.
Firefighters were able to burn approximately 50 piles in rain, with good
consumption, and little smoke impacts to the community.

Burning will be conducted on permissive burn days with favorable weather to
disperse and minimize smoke. Although, people with smoke sensitive
respiratory conditions are advised to take precautions to minimize smoke
impacts and use caution when exerting themselves in smoky areas.

Pile burning is an effective method of removing accumulated burnable
vegetation from the forest floor. When combined with other treatments,
mechanical thinning or prescribed fire, piles are a relatively fast and an
inexpensive method to restore fire dependent forest systems and to
eliminate hazardous fuels near communities. Pile burning helps create
“firebreaks” that fire managers can utilize for future prescribed fire
projects or to defend against unwanted wild fire. The cool temperatures
and continuing winter like conditions, predicted for this week, will make
the Wawona area project easier to manage with minimal staffing and which
further reduces costs.

For additional information:
· Fire information and Education – gary_wuchner@ps.gov; (209) 375-9574 or
372-0480
· http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm
· Please follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/YosemiteFire (G.
Wuchner - 5/19)

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Degnans Deli temporary closure
Degnans Deli is closed for an equipment upgrade starting Monday May 16, and
will re-open Saturday May 21. The Degnans Cafe located next door is open
with a variety of deli selections, fresh coffee, beverages, desserts and
other items from 7 AM to 5 PM daily. (V. McMichael - 5/16)

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PARK AND PARK PARTNER NEWS

Half Dome Cables will not be up for Memorial Day Weekend
Due to the heavy snow fall this winter, cool spring temperatures, and
frequent storms, the snowpack remains deep. As a result, the National Park
Service will not be putting the Half Dome Cables in place for the Memorial
Day weekend. It is also unlikely that they would be put up during the first
week of June. Continued expected snow storms in the high country prevent
the NPS from making an accurate prediction of the when the cables may be
put in place. In 2010, which had less snow than 2011, the cables were not
put in place until June 16. Starting next week, the NPS will provide weekly
conditions updates on the Half Dome Trail and cables along with any
prediction for a possible opening date, when known. To read these updates
go to: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/halfdome.htm. (M. Marschall -
5/19)

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Yosemite News Release
Pacific Fisher Den Found in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is home to more than 400 species of animals,
including a number of species that qualify for listing under the Endangered
Species Act. The park provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife due
to its undisturbed ecosystems in the Central Sierra Nevada. Wildlife
species in Yosemite range from aquatic invertebrates to large mammals.

One of the many mammals that roam Yosemite’s forests is the Pacific fisher
(Martes pennanti). The fisher, a medium-sized member of the weasel family,
is a candidate species for listing as threatened or endangered under the
federal Endangered Species Act. Yosemite National Park, in conjunction
with the U.C. Berkeley Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Program (SNAMP)
Fisher Project, has successfully identified the park’s first Pacific fisher
den.

The female Pacific fisher using this den was originally captured as a
juvenile in October of 2009 in Sierra National Forest, directly south of
the park. SNAMP researchers have been able to continuously track this
fisher using radio-telemetry since her initial capture. After remaining
near her capture site for almost a full year, she moved northward toward
Yosemite. This female fisher recently moved her kits (young) from their
den in Sierra National Forest where they were born, to a den in the
southern portion of Yosemite National Park. This is typical behavior for a
female fisher with newborn kits. The female will likely move her kits one
to two more times to different dens during the next month.

Female Pacific fishers can breed as early as one year of age, but most do
not successfully reproduce until three years of age. The fisher discovered
at the park successfully had kits at two years old. Following a gestation
period of about 40 days, the female typically gives birth to one to three
kits in a hollow cavity of a tree. Kits are born blind and helpless, and
completely dependent on their mother’s milk for the first 8 to 10 weeks.
Kits begin to crawl after about 3 weeks, can open their eyes after about 7
weeks, and can start to climb after 8 weeks. At about 4 months, kits are
more mobile and are able to travel with their mother on hunting trips.
Fisher eat small mammals such as mice and squirrels, and are even known to
be one of the few animals to prey on porcupines. After approximately 5 to 7
months, the kits leave the maternal den and their mother and travel out of
the territory of their birth and upbringing.

The Pacific fisher is a western subspecies that once ranged from British
Colombia, south through Washington, Oregon, and northern California, and
reached their southern extent in the Sierra Nevada. Pacific fisher have
declined to only 50 percent of their historical range in California, with
only two native populations separated by approximately 260 miles remaining
today. One population is located around the western California-Oregon
border, while the other is located in the southern Sierra Nevada in
California. Yosemite represents the northern boundary of the small and
isolated southern Sierra Nevada population, which is estimated to be
between 125 to 250 adults.

The Pacific fisher is threatened by low reproductive rates, reduced genetic
diversity, predators, disease, and habitat degradation. Trapping prior to
1946 also contributed to population decline. Recently, road-kill has
become a concern as several Pacific fisher have been found dead along the
roadways in the park over the past decade after being hit by cars.

In order to promote continued fisher recovery, partnerships have developed
between the NPS, the Yosemite Conservancy, U.C. Berkeley, the U.S. Forest
Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the California Department
of Fish and Game.

This important recovery work has been made possible with support from
Yosemite Conservancy, the Wilderness Society, and the Aspenwood Foundation.

For more information on Pacific fishers, please visit
http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/fishers.htm (K. Cobb - 5/19)

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Hazard Tree Removal - Yosemite Valley (Re-scheduled for a later date)
Valley Forestry will be removing hazard trees along the west bank of
Yosemite Creek and North Side Drive. The trees have been affected by the
progression of the creek bank and have potential of uprooting over the
roadway and bike path. Possible traffic delays and re-routing of foot
traffic will occur during work hours. Work hours will be 8:00am - 3:30:pm.
(L. Castro - 5/19)

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Women of Yosemite: Enid Michael and Shirley Sargent Focus of May 20 Talk:
Author Fernando Peñalosa, of Rancho Palos Verdes, will speak noon-1:30 p.m.
May 20 on "Making and Documenting Women's History: Enid Michael and Shirley
Sargent" in the Valley Auditorium. The Rancho Palos Verdes author has
written “Shirley Sargent: Yosemite Historian” about the late park resident
who published under the Flying Spur and Ponderosa Press labels and “The Joy
of Yosemite: Selected Writings of Enid Michael” about the early female
ranger, appointed in 1921, who wrote more than 500 articles related to
Yosemite’s botany and ornithology. Don’t miss this chance to learn about
two prominent Yosemite women, including vintage video footage of Enid
Michael interacting with plants and animals. Penalosa’s books will be
available for purchase and signing at the event through the Yosemite
Conservancy bookstore. This event, sponsored by the EOC, is a rescheduled
event from the March storm that temporarily shut down the park. Learn more
about Yosemite women's history:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/historyculture/women.htm (E. Munding - 5/18)

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Hazard Tree Removal - Wawona Road
Mather Forestry will be removing hazard trees along highway 41 between
Chilnualna falls intersection and Chinquapin. Work will start on 5/ 24 and
continue through 6/2. Work may be extended beyond 6/2 if there is available
staffing and if it is necessary for completion. The work schedule will be
from 0900-1600 hours, Tuesday through Thursday for the first two weeks. If
work continues beyond two weeks the hours of operation will remain the same
and the days will be Monday through Thursday for an additional two weeks if
necessary. Weather permitting. Traffic control will be in place with minor
delays. (B. Castro - 5/18)

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EMPLOYEE NEWS

Seasonal Housing Search: I have several new seasonal hires who are looking
for shared housing in or near Yosemite. If you have a room or
house/cabin/apartment you want to share please contact me. (D. Henderson -
5/19)

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Farewell Party
After 20 years in Yosemite National Park, Kristine Hutchinson is leaving
and moving on to Colorado! She has spent her career here working primarily
in the Division of Interpretation and Education, both in the field and with
the development of the many curriculum-based programs that our Education
Branch has to offer. Her enthusiasm and passion for connecting people with
the park is infectious and the park has been lucky to have held on to her
this long!

When: Friday, May 20 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Wawona - Sierra Nevada Research Institute Building (off of
Chilnualna Falls Road)
Potluck - Bring your favorite dish, stories, and pictures to share! (C.
Raines - 5/18)

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Traffic Delays at Big Oak Flat Rd / El Portal Rd Intersection
Trenching activity will require flagger controlled traffic delays on
weekdays from 8am to 4pm. The work requiring traffic control is expected to
begin on Monday, May 9 and be completed by Friday, May 20. (G. Rothell -
5/6)

Wawona Road Rehabilitation
Expect up to 30-minute traffic delays along Wawona Road starting Wednesday,
April 20 and continuing through May 27. The work hours are scheduled for
6:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. There will be multiple work zones,
similar to last fall, so please be patient as crews complete the remaining
work on this project. (M. Pieper - 4/18)

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ACTING DESIGNATIONS

Lou Summerfield will be Acting Chief of Facilities Management from May 19
at noon through May 20. He may be reached at 379-1075.

Jun R Kinoshita is Acting Branch Chief for Anthropology Programs May 17, 18
and 20. Paul DePascale is Acting Branch Chief for Anthropology Programs for
May 19.

Historical Landscape Architect Danny Schaible (379-1295) will be acting
Branch Chief for HAL, May 16-20.

Kevin Keheley will be acting Branch Chief for B&G from May 12 thru May 19
while Tom Darcy is out.

Jay Shields will be Acting Mather District Ranger until further notice.

Brenna Lissoway (379-1283) will be the Acting Park Archivist while Paul
Rogers is on a detail as the Acting Regional Archivist (PWR). If you have
need to access the Archives, or have archive related questions, you can
call 379-1282 or 379-1104.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Yoga with celebrity yogi Noah Mazé: Four sessions at the El Portal
Community Hall over Memorial Day Weekend
Noah Mazé is one of the most sought-after, advanced, and proficient
practitioners and teachers of Anusara® Yoga, a style popularized by
celebrity yogi John Friend. In Noah's classes, yoga philosophy, myths, and
stories weave together with yoga postures, breathing practices, and
meditation to create a powerful and transformative experience.
There are only a few individual fee-based yoga classes with Noah available
on Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29. Reserve now at
www.balancedrock.org

Special donation-based fundraiser session on Monday, May 30!
Monday, May 30 from 9:00 – 11:00am
El Portal Community Hall
Open to public. Suggested donation: $20-$40 at the door; first-come,
first-served
RSVP strongly recommended to info@balancedrock.org
Silent auction includes Giants tickets and weekend at a cottage in Pt Reyes
Food will be available for purchase after the yoga session.
Funds generated during Noah’s Memorial Day fundraiser session will be used
for Balanced Rock’s scholarships and empowerment programs for low-income
and underserved populations.Special programs have included free community
yoga, Women of Color expeditions, self-care courses designed for social
workers and Yosemite trips for Mariposa youth.
For more information, visit www.balancedrock.org, email
info@balancedrock.org or call (209)379-9453. (P. Meierding - 5/19)

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SAL'S - TONIGHT: Tonight is another night of Sal's in El Portal at the
Carroll Clark Community Hall. Come on by and buy. When you purchase adult
beverages from the YEA bar you are supporting the local community-arts,
education, sports, and hygiene (YEA Board members give out toothbrushes at
Halloween in addition to candy!). Remember-we don't just ask you to
drink-we ask you to drink for the children's education-responsibly!
Designated drivers get free soda. (M. Dale - 5/19)

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26th ANNUAL COULTERVILLE COYOTE HOWL & CAR SHOW - Old Fashioned Fun - Car
Show - Parade - Free Admission
Saturday, May 21 is the 26th annual Coyote Howl and Car Show in historic
Coulterville. This is a fun, free, old-fashioned, family oriented event,
complete with a parade, car show, music, crafts, food, and merchandise
vendors, as well as the all important howlin' contest - many great prizes!
A great way to celebrate springtime!

The parade down main street starts at 10am ending at the Coulterville Park.
Sign-up on site for the howlin' contest which gets underway at 2:30pm. A
dinner dance at 5:30 pm rounds out the festivities.

For additional information, please call the Northern Mariposa County
History Center at 209/878-3015. (M. Wolfgang - 5/18)

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Housing Needed: Newly hired NPS employee searching for equally responsible
roommate to share costs of housing. Work June 9th – Novemberish in Yosemite
Valley. Would consider living in Midpines or sharing living arrangements
with an already staffed employee inside the park. Male or female fine. Open
minded. Please call or send email asap if this sounds feasible. Thanks.
Matt - 503/752-5433 or matthewf@pdx.edu (Matt - 5/19)

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FOR RENT: Great Midpines location - 3 bedroom modular home near corner of
Triangle Rd. and Hwy 140. $700 per month plus utilities. Includes storage
shed. Available June 1. Phone Allison, 209-379-2289. (A. Baggett - 5/18)

FOR RENT: Midpines Rental - Secluded location on Oak Rd. One mile from hwy
140. Well-maintained, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, large tub, newer appliances,
washer/dryer hookups, unfurnished. Lots of shade with covered decks front
and back, 3-bay carport and workshop/storage area. $950/mo. Lease, 1st,
last and security/cleaning deposits req'd. Available June 1. Roy Navik
742-4887 (C. Baker - 5/18)