Resources

This is where you'll find helpful information such as websites and phone numbers, friends groups, cooperating associations, and even a few books that might make your visit to Yosemite a bit richer.

Yosemite National Park

www.nps.gov/yose

DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite: www.yosemitepark.com

June Lake Loop Chamber of Commerce: http://junelakeloop.org/yosemite_national_park

Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce: http://www.leevining.com/

Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce: http://www.mariposachamber.org

Merced Visitor Services: http://www.yosemite-gateway.org/

Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau: http://www.thegreatunfenced.com/showrecord.asp?id=270

Yosemite Chamber of Commerce: http://www.groveland.org/

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau: http://www.yosemitethisyear.com/chambers.php

FRIENDS ORGANIZATION

The Yosemite Conservancy, an organization recently created by the merger of the Yosemite Fund and Yosemite Association, supports the park by funding various programs and offering field courses for visitors. During 2009, the new organization provided educational programming, trail maintenance, bird research, and other help to the tune of nearly $6 million in projects and programs.

Books Of Interest

Ansel Adams in the Parks

Long after his death we continue to celebrate the brilliance of Ansel Adams, who arguably defined landscape photography, often while working in national parks to capture the magnificence of nature.

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My First Summer in the Sierra

A century after John Muir published "My First Summer in the Sierra," a 100th anniversary edition of the book has been released, one with striking photography.

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Repairing Paradise: The Restoration Of Nature In America's National Parks

Repairing Paradise. That's a somewhat inauspicious title for a book that examines how to restore natural settings in the national parks. But in light of many scenarios that are playing out across the National Park System -- from parks being overrun by elk, deer, and even people to ecosystem subterfuge -- repairs are exactly what need to be made.

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Gloryland

In his first novel, Gloryland, Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson comes full circle.

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The National Parks, Our American Landscape

If the cover photo of The National Parks, Our American Landscape, doesn't encourage you to call in sick and head into the national parks, well, perhaps one of the hundreds of other images inside this book will.

Gracing the cover is an image Ian Shive captured in Montana of Glacier National Park, one of a lone backpacker on a rocky outcrop gazing out across a panoramic landscape of blue lakes, green forests, dramatic mountains. Flip the book over and you're looking at a similarly breathtaking image from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

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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.

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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.

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Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite

Death is the final appointment we can't avoid, the one we most regret. And yet we're fascinated with tragic deaths such as those that occur in the parks. Indeed, posts on this site about deaths in the parks draw large readership. For those fascinated by such stories, Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite is a must-read.

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