Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Planning Prescribed Burn This Week

One could understand if those living in communities near the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park are a little apprehensive this week with the park's plan to start a wildfire near Crane Flat.

Would Year-Round Access To Old Faithful Compromise Yellowstone National Park's "Frontier"?

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
In Dances With Wolves, Lt. John Dunbar requests a posting on "the frontier" because he "wants to see the frontier before it's gone." It's not too difficult to put Yellowstone National Park, between the months of December and April, as being on the last frontier of the Lower 48.While it would be relatively easy to maintain wheeled-access to Old Faithful year-round, with apparently few environmental consequences, should we shrink what little "frontier" we have left in the National Park System?
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The Yosemite Fund and The Yosemite Association Come Together Under The "Yosemite Conservancy"

The Yosemite Fund and the Yosemite Association, which late last year announced their plans to combine operations, are now operating under the name of the Yosemite Conservancy.

Cables Should Be Strung Up Half Dome In Yosemite National Park By June 16

The cables are finally going up the shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
Treasures of America Before Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan came out with their view of the National Park System, many others were turning their cameras on the parks. One collection I've found that is worthy of space in your DVD collection is Treasures of America's National Parks, a six-disk collection of some of the system's icons.

Traveler's Checklist: Yosemite National Park

Stick your head into Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park and you'll quickly come to appreciate why they say that 95 percent of the park's visitors can be found in the spectacularly scenic valley. And while it's good they've come to explore the valley, they'll head home greatly shortchanged if they don't explore the rest of the park.
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What Outstanding Values Are Tied to the Merced River in Yosemite National Park?

The Merced River can mean different things to different people, in part depending upon where in Yosemite National Park they view it. The National Park Service is working to focus on those values as it develops a plan for managing the stretch of river that flows through the Yosemite Valley.

List of Top 10 Endangered Rivers Includes Two That Flow Through The National Park System

American Rivers came out there other day with its top 10 list of endangered rivers, and No. 1 was the Upper Delaware, which flows through the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. No. 3 also falls in the National Park System, the Gauley River around which the Gauley River National Recreation Area rises up from.

Habitat Protectors Program Offers Summer Volunteer Opportunities at Yosemite National Park

Trees and ferns in Yosemite.
Looking for a way to "give back a little" at Yosemite National Park this summer? The park's volunteer Habitat Protectors program offers a chance to do just that every Wednesday; no experience or advance registration is required for individuals or small groups.

Opposition Mounts to Tourism Promotion of National Parks

What is the role of national parks? Are they created and designed to preserve nature, or to serve as playgrounds for the public? In Australia, one group it's the former, and they're rising in opposition to a move to promote tourism in their parks.

Tracking Crime in National Parks Is Not An Exact Science By Any Means

Trying to assess the amount of crime that occurs across the National Park System seemingly is difficult at best because of inconsistent accounting and the spillover of crime from neighboring communities.
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Winter's Lingering Grip Affecting Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, Half Dome, Kurt Repanshek photo
Winter's lingering grip is impacting Yosemite National Park in a variety of ways. On the up side, the snowmelt is fueling spectacular waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley. On the down side, the Tioga Road remains closed, as does the route to the top of Half Dome.

Delaware North Building Its Visibility Around Yellowstone National Park Through Lodge Acqusitions

In a move that will strengthen its presence in the National Park System, the Delaware North Companies has picked up two lodging properties in West Yellowstone, Montana, bringing to three the number of hotels it owns in the western gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

Is There A Thaw Coming On the Three-Year-Old Freeze on National Park Fees?

Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Three years ago, then-National Park Service Director Mary Bomar placed a freeze on most fees associated with visiting the national parks. Now, though, it appears that freeze might be thawing.

Tours of Yosemite Valley Being Offered In Spanish

Hablo Espanol? If so, you might be interested to know that tours of the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park are being offered in Spanish.

Luxury Lodging in Our National Parks

Lodging in America’s national parks ranges from barebones tent cabins to fashionable lodges with upscale amenities. Choose the former and you may well end up with an evening meal of grilled hot dogs, pork and beans, a bag of Fritos, and a six-pack of Bud Light. Splurge on the latter and you could enjoy an evening with a gourmet meal accompanied by fine wine.

Yosemite National Park To Install Large Solar Energy Complex At El Portal

The largest solar energy complex in the National Park System will be built just outside Yosemite National Park and, when operational, will essentially double the amount of electricity generated via renewable energy for the National Park Service's Pacific West Region.

An Idea in Trouble: Thoughts about the Future of Traditional National Parks in the United States

Historians point out that ideas, and the organizations associated with them, sometimes age and lose their relevance. Today, as the National Park Service (NPS) approaches the centennial of its establishment, the agency faces huge potential problems with its founding mission and subsequent land management policies.

Yosemite Nature Notes: The Tuolumne River

The name can be a mouthful, turning your tongue in knots as you try to pronounce "Two-ahl'-oh-me." Native American in origin, some believe Tuloumne means "Many Stone Houses" or "Straight Up Steep," which, if you've ever traveled the Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park, certainly seems appropriate.

National Park Quiz 82: Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, so let’s run with that idea in this month’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Flowers are the reproductive organs of angiosperms.”
Do our national parks need to be better promoted? Should the National Park Service be placing advertisements in major media outlets, on Internet sites, and buying TV commercials?

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.
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