Yosemite National Park

Is There A Need to Have the Government Promote National Parks?

Is there a need to promote places that "our woven into our American culture," that require room reservations to be made months, if not a year, ahead of schedule, and which not too long ago gained national exposure through a 12-hour Ken Burns mini-series?

Yosemite National Park Boasts One Very, Very, Very Old Lodgepole Pine

Since we're taking a look today at champion trees as recognized by the American Forests, it seems appropriate that we toss a bit more national park tree trivia your way. According to the folks at Yosemite National Park, the oldest known lodgepole pine in the United States is located just a bit east of Tuolumne.

Spring is a Great Time To Watch For Migratory Birds in the National Parks

Spring is a fantastic time to be outdoors. Along with the beauty of plants in bloom, a trip to a national park can reveal mammals emerging from their hibernation and frogs singing up a storm. But the one spring event that brings countless new and life-long nature lovers to our nation’s parks is the return of migratory songbirds.

Frazil Ice On the Run in Yosemite National Park

Frazil ice. What the heck is that? If you've been to Yosemite National Park in the past couple of weeks, you might know. If not, check out this video by Steven Bumgardner.

Crews Searching For Fishers in Yosemite National Park

Olympic National Park has been a relatively successful landscape for a program to restore a stable population of fishers on the landscape. Against that success, biologists are wondering how Yosemite National Park's fisher population is doing.
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, And Dying In The National Parks Television shows love to portray park rangers as fit and polite, beaming dazzling smiles, displaying knowledge that knows no bounds, nerves of steel, and with dashing personalities. And then there are the realities, as Andrea Lankford describes in her latest book, Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks.

Summering in Yosemite National Park: The Logistics

Yosemite is one of the most iconic of the national parks, and rightfully so. The seven-mile-long valley that draws visitors from throughout the world has been described as the most beautiful place on Earth.

Yosemite National Park Putting $1.3 Million To Use Improving Transportation

If you've been to the Yosemite Valley in the summer, you know what a headache it can be to get around, what with all the traffic. Well, Yosemite National Park just received $1.3 million to go towards easing the transportation nightmares.

How Will Wildfires Impact The National Park Landscape This Summer?

Winter has been pretty fluky across the United States, with heavy snows taking aim at the Mid-Atlantic and Sierra states, cold weather diving deeply into the Southeast, torrential rains hitting the Northeast, and quick warming baking the Midwest. With such a mix, what might we expect from the coming wildfire season across the National Park System?

By the Numbers: Yosemite National Park Visitor Use

Yosemite entertains millions every year with alpine wilderness, sequoia groves, and a glacier-carved valley of unmatched beauty. Let’s take a look at some interesting visitor use statistics for this big, gorgeous park.

Road Work Will Snarl Traffic In Yosemite National Park Near South Entrance

Spring brings raging waterfalls, wildflower blooms, and a renewed landscape to Yosemite National Park. This year it also will bring road work near the park's south entrance that will snarl traffic for most of the year.

El Capitan Gets Nod To Showcase Yosemite National Park on Commemorative Quarter

Would you have put Half Dome, Yosemite Fall, or El Capitan on a commemorative 25-cent piece honoring Yosemite National Park?
The Changing Range of Light: Portraits of the Sierra Nevada A gorgeous new book of photography that captures the seasons of the High Sierra has arrived, but it comes with a pausing message that this beautiful landscape is changing before our eyes.

The Yosemite Fund is Raising $1 Million for "Youth in Yosemite" Programs

YCC crew at work in Yosemite.
What do the CCC, YCC, SCA and Junior Ranger programs have in common? They all provide great opportunities for young people to gain hands-on experience in national parks. In the process, some of them will develop a life-long appreciation of parks—and the values that make them special. An ambitious project by the Yosemite Fund will help make those experiences possible.

Is The American Pika Really On The Road To Extinction Due to Climate Change?

Less than a month after a conservation group expressed its displeasure with the Obama administration for not providing Endangered Species Act protection to the American pika due to the plight it might face due to climate change, a new study suggests the tiny mammals are more widespread than thought and seem to thrive in a temperature range greater than long thought possible.
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Oldest Family-Owned Concessioner in the National Park System Receives New Ten-Year Contract

Grand Teton NP by Ansel Adams
A variety of visitor services are provided in many NPS areas by private businesses under a concession contract. The oldest family-owned and-operated concession in the National Park System features a famous name, and was recently awarded a new 10-year contract. Do you know where it's located?

The Maps of Yosemite National Park, A Video

What can you glean from glancing at a map? If it's a road map, folks will look for routes to their destinations, interesting sidetrips, population centers. Topographical maps can provide rich details of landscapes and help us navigate through them. In this episode from Yosemite Nature Notes, Producer Steven M. Bumgardner introduces us to the map wonders of Yosemite National Park. There's even a cameo appearance by Ken Burns!

What Should Be Done With Hazardous Areas of Curry Village In Yosemite National Park?

Late in 2008 a thunderous rockfall from the cliff that holds up Glacier Point slammed down on Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. In the aftermath of that incident, Yosemite National Park officials permanently closed 233 tent cabins, cabins with bath, cabins without bath, or roughly one-third of the village's overnight capacity, due to the threat of more rock peeling off from the cliff. Now they're wondering what to do with those facilities.

Obama Administration Draws Criticism for Declining ESA Protection To Pikas

A diminutive creature that struggles with warmer temperatures brought on by climate change will not receive Endangered Species Act protection for its predicament, the Obama administration has decided in a move that brought quick condemnation from some corners.
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Rockfalls In Yosemite National Park Are Part of Life

My first visit to Yosemite National Park back in June 1999 coincided with a rockfall that forced me out of a tent cabin in Curry Village and into one in Tuolumne Meadows. Ever since, I've been intrigued by rockfalls in the park's iconic valley. While the frequency of rockfalls in recent years might be alarming to park visitors, they are calling cards evidencing the active geology that's ongoing in Yosemite.

Yosemite National Park Officials Looking At What Needs To Be Done To Tioga Road Corridor

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite NP. Kurt Repanshek photo
If you've traveled Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park at the height of summer, you no doubt have been struck by the grandeur of the high-country scenery. And, you've no doubt noticed the car-clogged trailheads that dot the two-lane road. And the crumbling road shoulders. Well, so have Yosemite officials, who are now beginning work on a plan to rehabilitate 27 miles of the road.

Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Promoted to Yosemite National Park

Don Neubacher, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service who has spent the past 15 as superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore, is moving over to take the helm at Yosemite National Park.

Updated: Strong Positions Developing As Yosemite National Park Officials Again Attack Merced River Plan

El Capitan, copyright QT Luong
Climbers are expressing concern over how a renewed effort to craft a plan that controls development along the Merced River in the Yosemite Valley could impact their access to certain routes. At the same time, others are urging park officials not to turn Yosemite Valley into a "Popcorn Playground."
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Weekend and Holiday Warriors Who Plan to Hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park Will Need a Permit

With hopes of increasing the safety of those who hike up Half Dome, Yosemite National Park officials will limit numbers of weekend and holiday hikers through a permit system this year.

Lodging Sale in Yosemite National Park, Savings Up to 50 Percent Off

Yosemite National Park has been battered by winter, buried under feet of snow that felled trees and closed the park's iconic valley for a day last week. Well, the good news is this snowfall makes for an idyllic setting in the park, and you can experience it at a savings thanks to a lodging sale in the park.

Looking To Gain A Little Structured Education On Your National Park Trip?

Can you tell by looking at a wildflower in Yellowstone National Park what the underlying geology is? Or, while hiking through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, can you identify a bird simply by its song? Do you want to get relatively up close to the elephant seals at Point Reyes National Seashore? Here's how you can do all those things and more.

All Roads Into and Out of Yosemite Closed Temporarily Due to Storm

Yosemite in winter
Going to Yosemite National Park this weekend? You need to check ahead for a road update. All roads into and out of Yosemite Valley were closed on Friday due to snow, ice and fallen trees.

Creature Feature: Yosemite's Great Gray Owls

Great gray owl.
Great gray owls are not only an endangered species, they're also the largest North American owl. Yosemite National Park is home to about 75% of California's population of these impressive birds, and new research suggests they're even more unique that previously believed.

Where In the National Park System Will You Venture in 2010?

Winter is a great time for planning national park vacations. These suggestions will help you get started in the right direction, whether your interests are mainstream or nontraditional.
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