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Yosemite National Park Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 73 to 81 at 5000 feet...59 to 69 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 50 to 60 at 5000 feet...39 to 48 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 75 to 81 at 5000 feet...60 to 70 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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Free COVID-19 Testing
Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Mondays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Testing is available in El Portal on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

The park's testing provider is OptumServe/LHI. Testing is available for people of all ages, including children 3 and up with their parents/guardians present, as long as the children can tolerate the test. Registering in advance is strongly advised, though space for some walk ins may be available. It is easy to sign up online or by phone.

There are 100 appointments available each testing day. Register online for your OptumServe test here: https://lhi.care/covidtesting. It will take several minutes to complete your initial registration. You can also register by calling 888-634-1123.

OptumServe testing also remains available in Mariposa from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (closed 11:30 - 1:00 for lunch) break) Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland.

It continues to be recommended for anyone working in close contact with high volumes of the public to continue to get tested frequently. For those who have been fully vaccinated, it is recommended to get tested between every two weeks to at least once a month. For those who have not yet been fully vaccinated, or for those who work in healthcare/EMT or other close-contact positions, it is recommended to get tested every 7-14 days.

If you have been traveling out of your home area or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended to get tested within 4-6 days of returning from travel or from the date of the COVID-19 exposure. (J. Richards)

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Wawona Road Maintenance
The Wawona road crew will be brushing, ditching, patching and scaling along Wawona Road until August with periodic traffic delays. Please remember to drive safely and slowly in this work zone. (M. Jones)

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RECENT NEWS

Yosemite National Park To Implement Pilot Overnight Climbing Permit System Beginning Friday, May 21, 2021 - Yosemite News Release Release May 7, 2021
Yosemite National Park – All visitors planning to overnight on any rock climbing routes in Yosemite National Park will be required to obtain an overnight wilderness climbing permit beginning on May 21, 2021. This pilot program is being implemented to better understand how park visitors use Yosemite’s big walls and to help improve climbing wilderness ethics and reduce negative human impacts associated with overnight big wall use.

Overnight climbing permits will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on May 14, 2021. For the duration of the pilot program, these permits will be free. Please visit https://yosemite.org/climbingpermits/ to learn more.

For more detailed information on climbing in Yosemite National Park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/climbing.htm.

This program will be a 2-year pilot.  

For further information on Yosemite National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/yose (J. Richards)
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Local Volunteer Opportunity
The Yosemite Fleet Office is looking for an individual local volunteer that can assist with delivery of Yosemite Park government vehicles to and from vehicle repair facilities for estimates, repairs, recalls, in surrounding communities including Merced & Fresno.
Other duties include vehicle inspection, sanitization and cleaning, accident reporting, vehicle and parts running, inventories as needed etc.
Dates: position is set to run April to August or later depending on department needs.
Hours are flexible depending on the day's tasks. Suggested schedule Mon-Fri from 7a-4pm, may vary from 16-32 hours depending on candidate's preference.
Great resume building experience & cross training opportunities available.
Primary work location El Portal.
Valid Driver’s License required. Knowledge or experience with Yosemite/Mariposa area driving and conditions are preferred.
Position is open until filled.
Contact reed_wilson@nps.gov for more information. (J. Gonzales)
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Yosemite Local Zero Landfill & Sustainability Volunteer Opportunity
Join Yosemite Conservancy and the Park Partners for a Zero Landfill & Sustainability Park Project. Register ahead of time by emailing ebrosk@yosemite.org. Volunteers will meet at the NPS Warehouse in El Portal at 7am on June 5 to sort, count, and recycle empty propane canisters. The project will be done by 11am, before it gets too hot. A great chance to learn more about Yosemite's Zero Landfill initiatives and find out how you can get involved with future sustainability projects. (J. Gonzales)

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

Bridalveil Falls Project Traffic Control Update 5/7/21
There will be 15 minute delays from 0700 to 0830 and up to 30 minute delays from 0830 to 1730 on Southside Drive between Pohono Bridge and the Wawona Road junction. These delays will also affect Northside Drive east of Pohono Bridge.

Contractors will be completing utility work in the roadway as part of the Bridalveil Falls project. The Bridalveil Fall parking lot and trails are closed to visitation to allow for ongoing rehabilitation work. NPS crews are currently constructing a new accessible trail and making other trail and site repairs. Contractor work consisting of utility upgrades and parking lot and bus platform improvements will continue through May 2021. (P. Johnson)
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Wawona Road Biomass Removal
Contractors are removing biomass along Wawona Road between Wawona and the South Entrance. Delays up to 15 minutes may occur. Biomass removal is part of an ongoing project to reduce fuel loading along road corridors and to prepare for prescribed or wildland fires. Material is sent to co-gen facilities where it is converted to electricity. Email garrett_dickman@nps.gov for more information. (G. Dickman)
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Tree Trimming In El Portal
Valley Forestry has begun residential trimming and hazard reduction in Rancheria and Old El Portal. Surveyors will be assessing trees. They will be followed by climbing crews performing work. This work will focus on reducing dead wood in trees and minimizing removal of green limbs unless absolutely necessary. Requests for hazard evaluation can be sent to brian_see@nps.gov. Thanks for being patient with Forestry vehicles affecting traffic. (B. See)
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El Portal Warehouse Roof Replacement
Replacement of the roofing membrane on the El Portal Warehouse roof is expected to continue through the spring, and possibly the summer. This project includes replacement of four of the large HVAC units on the roof, as well as the deteriorated joint sealant on the tilt-up concrete wall panels on the exterior walls, and demolition of an obsolete solar system. Crews will be working both on the roof and around the exterior of the building on lifts. They will try to keep all entrances open, but there may be periodic interruptions. (K. White)