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Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Friday, September 21st, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, September 21st, 2018
 
Today:  Sunny. Highs 76 to 84 at 5000 feet...65 to 71 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 49 to 59 at 5000 feet...40 to 48 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 75 to 81 at 5000 feet...63 to 69 at 8000 feet.
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
15th Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park -  Yosemite News Release September 20, 2018
Extensive Parkwide Clean-Up Event to Occur September 26-30, 2018
 
Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the 15th Annual Yosemite Facelift, an event held each fall to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season. 
 
Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park, including roadways, in the river corridor, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas. The event starts on Tuesday evening, September 25, with an evening program. Trash pick-up volunteer days will start on Wednesday, September 26 and continue through Sunday, September 30, 2018.
 
Last year, over 1,700 Yosemite Facelift volunteers collected and removed 6,790 pounds of trash and debris from Yosemite National Park. Volunteers worked over 11,000 hours throughout the event and throughout the park to clear debris and trash from heavily visited areas and along park roadways.
 
Interested volunteers can sign up at the booth in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 26 through Saturday, September 29. On Sunday, September 30 registration will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A second check-in station will be located at the Tuolumne Meadows campground office on Friday and Saturday September 28-29. The Tuolumne Meadows booth will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Crew leaders will be at the booths to organize work groups and hand out trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks. Trash must be returned to the booths each day by the registration area’s closing time to be weighed and sorted.  All volunteers must register prior to participating in the event.
 
On Saturday, September 29, the park will celebrate National Public Lands Day.  In order to celebrate this special day and the Facelift events, the park will waive entrance fees. The fee waiver includes entrance fees on Saturday only and is not associated with camping fees.  
 
Additionally, there will be a Yosemite Volunteer Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Valley Visitor Center on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
 
The Yosemite Facelift is a park-wide volunteer event that was started by the Yosemite Climbing Association in 2004 to encourage climbers and other visitors to clean up the park at the end of the busy summer season. The Yosemite Climbing Association sponsors and organizes the annual Yosemite Facelift in partnership with the National Park Service.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit the Yosemite Climbing Association website at http://www.yosemiteclimbing.org/facelift-2018.  (J. Richards)

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Rare Collection Of Ansel Adams Photography Donated To The Yosemite Museum In Yosemite National Park - News Release September 21, 2018
Yosemite Museum Exhibit of an Ansel Adams “Museum Set” Runs Sept. 21-Nov. 25
 
A rare collection of 45 photographs by acclaimed 20th century photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) has been donated to the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite National Park.
 
The Museum Sets were originally created in three size groups of 25, 45 and 75 prints. It is estimated that about half of the original edition of 100 sets were completed before Adams passed away. This 45-print set is a gift by Don and Susan Fuhrer, who are residents of Montecito, Calif. and Foresta, Calif. (within Yosemite National Park) and Yosemite Conservancy council members. The set will be shown at the Yosemite Museum Sept. 21-Nov. 25 thanks to a grant by donors to Yosemite Conservancy.
 
“I’ve always felt a Museum Set belonged in Yosemite given Adams’ love for the park,” said Don Fuhrer, who purchased the set in 2003. “There’s an entire generation that is unaware of Adams, a true American icon, that will be able to see his work as he wanted it presented.”
 
Adams began producing what he called “The Museum Set” in 1979 to represent his artistic achievements and to ensure that a representative body of his work would enter public collections. Each set could be purchased on the condition that the buyer would eventually donate their set to an art or educational institution.
 
“Ansel and his advisors developed a plan to ensure that his work would be accessible for future generations. He created the Museum Set edition, sets of prints of his photographs, mostly the classic, iconic images that people have come to know and love, but also works that, while not as popular, he felt were important to his legacy,” said Matthew Adams, president of The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park and grandson of Ansel Adams.
 
From more than 2,500 of his negatives, Ansel Adams selected 75 images, which included photographs from as early as 1923 to 1968. A Museum Set contains a core of ten of Adams’ most famous images, including Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park and Moonrise, Hernandez. New Mexico. Buyers could then choose additional photographs from the list of 75, which makes every Museum Set unique. The Fuhrers’ gifted set also includes Yosemite photographs Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan Falls and Sequoia Gigantea Roots, as well as images from national parks such as Mr. Rainier, Yellowstone, Death Valley, Big Bend and more.
 
“This is an inspiring and generous gift,” said Yosemite Conservancy President Frank Dean. “Few artists had the foresight to prepare for how their legacy was portrayed and to create a way to ensure that future generations are able to learn and appreciate it. It’s exciting that this collection of photographs will be shown at the Yosemite Museum.”
 
Adams’ career is inextricably linked to Yosemite, as he was introduced to photography on his first trip to the park, and spent many years exploring, living and working in the park. His work continues to be some of the most iconic images of Yosemite decades after his death.
 
Other museums and organizations with an Ansel Adams “Museum Set” include The National Gallery of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, M. H. Memorial de Young Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Cornell University, Princeton University, Scripps College and The Wilderness Society.  
 
About Yosemite Conservancy
 
Yosemite Conservancy inspires people to support projects and programs that preserve Yosemite National Park and enrich the visitor experience. Thanks to generous donors, the Conservancy has provided $119 million in grants to the park to restore trails and habitat, protect wildlife, provide educational programs, and more. The Conservancy’s guided adventures, volunteer opportunities, wilderness services and bookstores help visitors of all ages to connect with Yosemite. Learn more: yosemiteconservancy.org or 1-415-434-1782.  (J. Richards)
 
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RECENT NEWS
 
Fire Update September 20th, 2018
There are multiple fires burning in Yosemite National Park's wilderness. Wildfires when caused by lightning are a natural phenomenon on the landscape. While hiking trails and sitting at vistas you may see smoke in some of these areas.
 
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are currently in place inside Yosemite National Park. Please review the details for Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, which will remain in place until further notice. 
 
Fire Name: Rancheria   Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/8/18    Location: North end of Rancheria Mountain, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 18.2 acres                      Status: Active
Strategy: Early planning phase, planned action to insert crew for detailed assessment. 
Comments: Lightning caused. The fire is creeping though dead and down ground fuels in red fir. The spread is mostly north and southwest following vegetation pockets. There are some natural barriers including very green vegetation, rock out cropping's, and changes in vegetation. Smoke production has been very light with some overnight accumulation in the Tuolumne river canyon. Fire crews are on scene assessing fuels and spread potential as well as impacts to trails in the area.
 
Fire Name: Indian    Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/4/18    Location: Near Porcupine Camp Ground, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 10.6 acres                      Status: Active
Strategy: Monitor
Comments: Lightning caused. Growth continues to be slow to the south and backing down hill and along rocky ridges. Fire behavior is smoldering and creeping in red fir. This fire is surrounded by many natural barriers and rock bands. Fire crews are monitoring daily with easy access off the Tioga road. Smoke may occasional be seen from Porcupine Campground and and view points above Yosemite Creek
 
Fire Name: Unicorn    Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 7/28/18    Location: Unicorn Peak Area, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: 2.6 acres                      Status: Active
Strategy: Occasional patrol with very low spread.
Comments: Lightning strike start at 9500 feet in elevation. Smoke may be visible from Tuolumne meadows.
 
Fire Name: Chain Lakes    Date: 9/19/18
Discovery Date: 9/9/18    Location: Near Chain Lakes, in Yosemite's Wilderness
Size: .10 acres                   Status: Active
Strategy: Suppression tactics, crews will continue to mop up and monitor
Comments: Human caused.
 
For more information go to https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm.  (S. Saunders)
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New Vacancy:  Tree Faller WG-5042-07
Duty Location: Yosemite National Park, CA
Relocation Expenses: Yes
Type of Appointment: Full-Time- Career seasonal- subject to placement into nonpay status
Who May Apply: Open to the public 
Open Period: 09/19/2018-10/03/2018
Click this link to view Announcement:
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Rental In Bootjack
A small Bootjack ranch is offering a small rental for a responsible quiet tenant.  Set back off the main road the private setting is home to many animals including goats, a horse and pigs.  The rental is a partially furnished travel trailer with a small kitchen, sleeping quarters and bath.  It includes satellite TV connection - you provide the television set.  Also included is a washing machine and clothesline.  Well behaved pets would be considered.  No smoking inside unit.  References and work history are requested.  Please email rfmudflap@gmail.com for an application. $450/month plus security.  (R. Fruehauf)
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Zero Landfill Facelift Booth Needs Volunteers 
Like to talk to visitors? Like to be in the middle of all the fun during Facelift? Join in the Zero Landfill Initiative Facelift booth. This year, the booth will be shared with Yosemite Hospitality's Recycling Program, which also helps implement the Zero Landfill Initiative. There will be fun displays and mementos to give out from a shady spot right on the center of the mall. Email jodi_bailey@nps.govto sign up.  (J. Bailey)
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Wetland Restoration At Demolished Art Activity Center
Re-vegetation will occur at the demolished Art Activity Center wetland restoration area in Yosemite Village from late September to mid-October. Staff and volunteers will plant about 6,000 native wetland plants, broadcast native seed, and mulch with native pine needle duff. If you would like to help out, come volunteer the week of Facelift!  (J. Baccei)
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Gateway Expressions Art Judging Tuesday
Yosemite Employees (NPS, YC, NatureBridge, Aramark, etc.), come take a break during your busy day to help the Education Branch by enjoying as well as judging artwork created by students from Yosemite's Gateway Communities. This event will take place in the Yosemite Valley Amphitheater on Tuesday, September 18th from 10am to 3pm.  (A. Guzman)
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YARTS Winter 2018 Schedules
YARTS Winter 2018 Schedules are now available online. The new schedule starts October 1st and will be in effect until May 12th, 2019.  (C. Kelly)
 
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
Traffic Data Equipment Installation 9/10-10/22
New Traffic Data Recording Equipment is Currently Being Installed to Replace All of the Existing Traffic Counters in the Park
 
From September 10 to October 28, 2018 the park will be replacing the existing traffic counters in Yosemite, beginning this week along Tioga Road. 
 
At each location, the park will be installing loop vehicle detectors in each lane, trenching and placing underground conduit/wiring along the shoulder of the road and installing an Automatic Traffic Data Recorder. 
 
While work is under way, you should expect to see a flagging operation that will reduce traffic to one lane. Each lane will be closed for approximately 3 hours. A flagger and traffic cones will be out in the work zones. 
 
This may cause short traffic delays during the day as work crews proceed with digging and cutting operations along the shoulder of the road and in the roadway. Motorists should expect day work along Tioga Road, Big Oak Flat Road, Wawona and Glacier Point Roads, Southside Drive near the Chapel, and Northside Drive near Camp 4. Night work will take place at the South Entrance, Arch Rock, and Big Oak Flat Entrance. Work will not be conducted on the weekends, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. 
 
Location                         Dates             Time                               Traffic Control
 
Tioga and Big Oak        9/19-9/25           9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger 
Flat Roads                                                                                  (one-lane road)       
 
Wawona and Glacier     9/26-10/1          9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger 
Point Roads                                                                               (one-lane road)
 
Northside Drive at         10/2-10/7          9:00 am-6:00 pm        Flagger  
Camp 4                                                                                      (one-lane road)
 
Southside Drive            10/8-10/10        9:00 am-6:00 pm        Single lane closure
at Valley Chapel                                                                        (Second lane open)
 
Big Oak Flat                  10/11-10/16      8:00 pm-5:00 am        Flagger  
Entrance                                                                                    (one-lane road)
 
South Entrance             10/17-10/21      8:00 pm-5:00 am        Flagger        
                                                                                                  (one-lane road)
 
Arch Rock Entrance      10/22-10/28     8:00pm-5:00 am         Flagger
                                                                                                  (one-lane road)  (J. Richards)
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Riverbank Restoration At Housekeeping Camp
Between September 3rd and October 26th, Yosemite restoration staff will restore eroded and armored riverbanks on the eastern border of Housekeeping Camp. During this time a limited number of tent cabins will be closed while heavy equipment works in the immediate vicinity. Pedestrian access through this area will be limited. The riverbank will be stabilized using large engineered wood structures as well as seeding and planting with native riparian vegetation.  (C. Fong)
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Construction On Hwy 140 In Mariposa
The California Department of Transportation is repairing more than six miles of Highway 140 between the intersections of Highway 49 North and Whitlock Road in Mariposa County. This project is expected to finish by the end of September. Crews will upgrade structures that are used to keep water off the highway, repair and repave damaged pavement, and re-stripe the roadway. Crews are scheduled to work during the day, Monday through Friday, and will perform one-way traffic control. Delays in travel time should be anticipated between Mariposa and El Portal. The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d10/projects.html  (J. Donovan)