Yosemite National Park Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 61 to 69 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...28 to 38 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 62 to 70 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Mist Trail Open
The Mist Trail is now open. The upper portion of the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and Nevada Falls remains closed due to icy conditions. The Clark Point cutoff to the top of Nevada Falls is open. (P. Johnson)
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Bears Are Awake!
It's spring and Yosemite’s bears are officially out of their dens hungrily foraging around the park. The past five years have been some of the most successful years in terms of keeping bears wild with low bear incidents. This success will only continue if every park employee and resident works together to help protect wildlife:

-Keep your homes (and offices) secure when nobody is there - windows and doors need to be closed and latched.
-Store pet food, trash, recycling, and other possible attractants in a secure part of your house - never outside! Also keep in mind that many garages in the park are not secure enough to keep a bear out.
-Keep your vehicles free of all food, trash, recycling, and other scented items.
-Clip dumpsters every time you use them, or if you happen to see one unlatched.
-Use a portable bear resistant food storage container on any overnight wilderness trip. Stay within arm's-reach of your food when it's not otherwise being stored properly.
-Slow down on park roads!! Wildlife has to cross, and can appear suddenly!
-Give wildlife plenty of space! Enjoy them from a distance - at least 50 yards for a bear.
-Report bear activity and food storage violations to the Save-A-Bear Hotline (209)372-0322 or email yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov.
-Thank you for doing your part to keep Yosemite’s bears wild and safe! (C. Lee-Roney)
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Yosemite National Park Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 61 to 69 at 5000 feet...47 to 57 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 40 to 50 at 5000 feet...28 to 38 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 62 to 70 at 5000 feet...48 to 58 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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Mist Trail Open
The Mist Trail is now open. The upper portion of the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and Nevada Falls remains closed due to icy conditions. The Clark Point cutoff to the top of Nevada Falls is open. (P. Johnson)
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Bears Are Awake!
It's spring and Yosemite’s bears are officially out of their dens hungrily foraging around the park. The past five years have been some of the most successful years in terms of keeping bears wild with low bear incidents. This success will only continue if every park employee and resident works together to help protect wildlife:

-Keep your homes (and offices) secure when nobody is there - windows and doors need to be closed and latched.
-Store pet food, trash, recycling, and other possible attractants in a secure part of your house - never outside! Also keep in mind that many garages in the park are not secure enough to keep a bear out.
-Keep your vehicles free of all food, trash, recycling, and other scented items.
-Clip dumpsters every time you use them, or if you happen to see one unlatched.
-Use a portable bear resistant food storage container on any overnight wilderness trip. Stay within arm's-reach of your food when it's not otherwise being stored properly.
-Slow down on park roads!! Wildlife has to cross, and can appear suddenly!
-Give wildlife plenty of space! Enjoy them from a distance - at least 50 yards for a bear.
-Report bear activity and food storage violations to the Save-A-Bear Hotline (209)372-0322 or email yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov.
-Thank you for doing your part to keep Yosemite’s bears wild and safe! (C. Lee-Roney)
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Yosemite National Park --- Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 57 to 64 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 35 to 45 at 5000 feet...23 to 33 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 61 to 69 at 5000 feet... 47 to 57 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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Trail Crew Blasting
Trail Crew is planning blasting operations April 6 at Mariposa Grove in Wawona and April 7 along Little Nellie Falls road in Foresta. Contact Greg Torres at 742-8811 with questions or concerns. (G. Torres)

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RECENT NEWS

COVID-19 Testing Today
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in El Portal Today and in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday. Note: Both locations are closed from 2-3pm for lunch.

Testing will be available in El Portal today from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

Testing will be available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

The park's testing provider is now 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 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 am to 7 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland and Coulterville.

It is recommended for anyone working closely with the public, anyone who has been traveling, or anyone who has been exposed to a lot of people outside of your household bubble to get tested every 14-days. (J. Richards)
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Yosemite National Park -Monday, March 29, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Monday, March 29, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 57 to 64 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, gusts up to 40 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Windy. Lows 33 to 43 at 5000 feet... 21 to 31 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph after midnight.
Tomorrow: Sunny, windy. Highs 57 to 65 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 65 mph.
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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

COVID-19 Testing Today
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in El Portal Today and in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday. Note: Both locations are closed from 2-3pm for lunch.

Testing will be available in El Portal today from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

Testing will be available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

The park's testing provider is now 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 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 am to 7 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland and Coulterville.

It is recommended for anyone working closely with the public, anyone who has been traveling, or anyone who has been exposed to a lot of people outside of your household bubble to get tested every 14-days. (J. Richards)
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Vehicle Stickers, Obtain by April 8th
Do you live in Yosemite or regularly drive into the park for work? If so, please follow the instructions below to get a current fee exemption sticker for your vehicle. It will help you, gate staff, and visitors alike, esp. with visitation picking up and longer queues at the gate. Red YNP-20 stickers are no longer valid for entry into Yosemite. Yosemite Hospitality employees--we will forward your email to your HR department.

Badger Pass Road Closing Sunday April 4th, 5pm

Badger Pass Road Closing Sunday April 4th, 5pm

Yosemite Badger Pass will remain open to visitor access until 5pm, Sunday April 4th. The gate at Chinquapin will be closed and locked at that time.Roads crews will begin snow clearing operations on the Glacier Point Road. The road up to Badger Pass will be open to Administrative traffic only. Recreational bicycle use will be allowed from Chinquapin to Badger Pass until the snow clearing operations are complete.

Yosemite National Park ----- Friday, March 26, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Friday, March 26, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny, breezy. Not as cold. Highs 48 to 56 at 5000 feet...34 to 44 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the morning. Wind chill readings around 8 below in the morning.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 30 to 40 at 5000 feet...20 to 28 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Not as cool. Highs 55 to 63 at 5000 feet... 42 to 52 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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Correction: Badger Pass Road Closing
Badger Pass will remain open to visitor access until 5pm, Sunday April 4th. The gate at Chinquapin will be closed and locked at that time.Roads crews will begin snow clearing operations on the Glacier Point Road. The road up to Badger Pass will be open to Administrative traffic only. Recreational bicycle use will be allowed from Chinquapin to Badger Pass until the snow clearing operations are complete. (E. Scott)

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RECENT NEWS

COVID-19 Testing Today
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday and now in El Portal on Thursday.

Testing will be available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Testing will be available in El Portal on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

The park's testing provider is now 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 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 am to 7 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland and Coulterville.

It is recommended for anyone working closely with the public, anyone who has been traveling, or anyone who has been exposed to a lot of people outside of your household bubble to get tested every 14-days. (J. Richards)
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#YosemiteNationalPark --- Thursday, March 25, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs 41 to 49 at 5000 feet...29 to 38 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, west winds around 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. A 20 percent chance of rain and snow in the evening. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow in the evening. Over higher elevations, northeast winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph after midnight. Breezy. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Total snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Lows 26 to 33 at 5000 feet...15 to 21 at 8000 feet. Wind chill readings around 5 below.
Tomorrow: Sunny, breezy. Not as cold. Highs 48 to 56 at 5000 feet...34 to 44 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 60 mph in the morning decreasing to 40 mph in the afternoon. Northeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 55 mph over higher elevations. Wind chill readings around 5 below in the morning.

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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

COVID-19 Testing Today
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday and now in El Portal on Thursday.

Testing will be available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Testing will be available in El Portal on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

The park's testing provider is now 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 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 am to 7 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland and Coulterville.

It is recommended for anyone working closely with the public, anyone who has been traveling, or anyone who has been exposed to a lot of people outside of your household bubble to get tested every 14-days. (J. Richards)
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Yosemite National Park #### Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow in the morning. Very windy. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs 40 to 48 at 5000 feet...25 to 35 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds 30 to 40 mph. Gusts up to 55 mph in the morning increasing to 75 mph in the afternoon. Wind chill readings around 4 below.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Very windy. Lows 25 to 33 at 5000 feet... 14 to 20 at 8000 feet. Northeast winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts to around 80 mph. Wind chill readings around 9 below.
Tomorrow: Sunny, breezy. Not as cool. Highs 48 to 55 at 5000 feet...36 to 46 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, northeast winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the morning. Wind chill readings around 5 below in the morning.

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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

"Picture A Scientist" Facilitated Discussion 2PM Today
Join Yosemite Allies For Inclusion for the post-viewing dialogue & panel discussion exploring the experiences of women in STEM fields and improving inclusion of women in science. This event is open to Park Partners and Yosemite community members who have RSVP'd and already viewed the documentary.

For more information and to register for future events go to http://www.yoscommunity.com/events or email jamie_gonzales@partner.nps.gov. (J. Gonzales)
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Upper Pines
The 3rd and 4th loops of Upper Pines opened March 22 in addition to what was already open in the 1st and 2nd loops. Some sites within the campground remain closed for social distancing. Beginning April 1, all 6 loops of Upper Pines will open. Reservations must be made through Recreation.gov. (S. Montroy)

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RECENT NEWS

COVID-19 Testing
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday and now in El Portal on Thursday.

Testing will be available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Testing will be available in El Portal on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

The park's testing provider is now 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.

Yosemite National Park Monday, March 22, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Monday, March 22, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Near the crest, a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the afternoon. No snow accumulation. Highs 44 to 52 at 5000 feet... 32 to 42 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Near the crest, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Little or no snow accumulation. Lows 25 to 33 at 5000 feet...15 to 21 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Near the crest, slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs 41 to 49 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 at 8000 feet. Gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Northeast winds around 25 mph over higher elevations. Wind chill readings around 5 below.

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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

COVID-19 Testing
Free COVID-19 Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday and now in El Portal on Thursday.

Testing will be available in Yosemite Valley on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Testing will be available in El Portal on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

The park's testing provider is now 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 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 am to 7 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland and Coulterville.

It is recommended for anyone working closely with the public, anyone who has been traveling, or anyone who has been exposed to a lot of people outside of your household bubble to get tested every 14-days. (J. Richards)
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Weekly Safety Topics 2021
The "Weekly Safety Topics 2021" link is now accessible and ready for use.

Yosemite National Park Friday, March 19, 2021

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Friday, March 19, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Rain, snow. Snow accumulation up to 4 inches. Snow level 7500 feet. Highs 42 to 48 at 5000 feet...32 to 41 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Rain with snow likely in the evening, then chance of snow and rain after midnight. Near the crest, snow in the evening, then chance of snow after midnight. Colder. Snow accumulation up to 4 inches. Total snow accumulation up to 12 inches. Snow level 6000 feet. Lows 28 to 34 at 5000 feet... 17 to 23 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow. Near the crest, slight chance of snow in the morning, then chance of snow in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs 39 to 46 at 5000 feet...26 to 36 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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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

RT-130 Webinar Today 9AM
The first webinar RT-130 Wildland Fire Safety Refresher is Friday, March 19. All times are the same for the webinars: 0900 to 1200. The current goal is to get all permanent employee red card applications completed by April 30.

There is pre-work and information to review before attending the live webinar portions.
- Register on the Wildland Learning Portal to get access to the class: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwildla...
- Scroll down the left side to Admin box and select self-register.
- Complete pre-work and review information before attending.

In addition to the refreshers, pack tests are back on this year. With that, physicals need to be completed. Everyone who makes an appointment for a pack test should request to do their shelter deployment the same day in order to meet the refresher requirements for the fire shelters. Sanitized shelters will be available on those days to complete that portion of the application process. Also don't forget to bring gear, gloves, hard hat, and real shelter that day. There are modifications to the fire shelter bag that need to be completed this year (details in the refresher).

Don't forget to update your Confidential Diary.

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