An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.
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Six months after a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred in its decision to deny Endangered Species Act protections for wolverines, the agency is reconsidering the matter and revisiting a past proposal to give the small predator a "threatened" designation under the act.
Avid mushroom hunters will tell you that fire is essential for finding morels. These fungi, distinguishable for their dark, honeycomblike caps, pop out of the ground by the bushel in spring after a large wildfire.
Yosemite National Park superintendent Don Neubacher announced his retirement, just a week after a Congressional committee took testimony from a number of Yosemite staff that they had been subjected to harassment and bullying.
“Animal Life as an Asset of National Parks,” proposed two revolutionary ideas, first, that predators should live unmolested in the parks, and second, that education was essential to the visitor experience.
Photographers know the golden hour as those fleeting minutes in the early morning and again in the early evening when the angle of sunshine creates softer, more vibrant lighting for photos. In Yosemite National Park, the golden hour is more like the golden season: autumn.
This week, Yosemite National Park grew by 400 acres, its largest expansion in nearly six decades, with the donation of wetlands and meadow habitat along the park’s western boundary. The land, known as Ackerson Meadow, was donated through the cooperative efforts of the Trust for Public Land, Yosemite Conservancy, and the National Park Service.
With word that efforts to settle their differences over the ownership of trademarks to iconic Yosemite National Park landmarks failed, a legal battle between the National Park Service and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite is expected to resume in the U.S Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Julia Huston, a partner and chair of the Trademark, Copyright, & Unfair Competition Practice at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP, weighs in on the standoff in this column.
Yosemite National Park will close a day-use parking area in Yosemite Valley this coming Monday evening to improve parking and traffic circulation. The parking area, also known as the Village Day-Use Parking Area (south) or Camp 6, will reopen this winter.
During a 32-year-period early in the 20th century roughly one-third of Yosemite National Park was released so it could be opened to natural resource extraction, according to an analysis published in Ecology and Society.