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Laura Bush helps rededicate Tioga Road

Former First Lady Laura Bush Joins Yosemite National Park for Tioga Road Rededication Event

Highest road across the Sierra dedicated exactly 100 years ago

 A historic rededication ceremony on the Tioga Road, conducted exactly 100 years after the original dedication ceremony, was held in Yosemite National Park, Tuesday July 28th. Former First Lady Laura Bush, Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher, and Yosemite Conservancy Vice President Jerry Edelbrock participated in the reenactment ceremony. Highlights of the event included a rechristening of the road, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and celebrating the history and importance of philanthropy in Yosemite and national parks across the country.

The Tioga Road, a 46-mile road in the northern portion of Yosemite National Park, is the highest road crossing the Sierra at an elevation of 9,945 feet above sea level at Tioga Pass. The road is an extremely popular route for the park’s four million visitors per year and is generally open for May through September each year. Highlights along the Tioga Road include Tuolumne Meadows, Tenaya Lake, and trails leading into the park’s spectacular backcountry.

“I’ve loved our parks for many years and hiked in parks all over the country accompanied by my friends,” stated Former First Lady Laura Bush, who is the Honorary Co-Chair for the National Park Service Centennial. “I urge all Americans to think about parks in the upcoming year and find their park. I found Yosemite,” said Mrs. Bush.

On July 28, 1915, Stephen Mather, prior to becoming the first director of the National Park Service, formally dedicated the opening of the Tioga Road. The route previously was a rutted private toll-road through the park. Mather and some friends purchased the 46-mile-long road for $15,000 and donated it to the Federal Government so it could be repaired and open to all at no cost. Standing at the crest of the Tioga Road, framed by the granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Mather, joined by park supporters, dedicated the road by breaking a bottle filled with Pacific Ocean water on a rock with “$15,000” painted on it, symbolizing the purchase price of the road.

“The re-dedication of Tioga Road reminds us of the importance of protecting remarkable places like Yosemite’s high country and of the need to encourage future generations to visit our parks so they are inspired to be stewards of natural lands,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. 

“Even before Congress created the National Park Service in 1916, philanthropists helped to create our stunning national parks. Their commitment remains just as deep today among individuals, families, foundations, and corporations,” said Frank Dean, President of Yosemite Conservancy. “Philanthropy has had a dramatic positive impact on our park system.”

Yosemite Conservancy donors have helped restore famous overlooks including Tunnel View, Glacier Point and Olmsted Point, which is located along Tioga Road. $20 million is being raised for the restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, which will be matched by the National Park Service. A $13.5 million effort restored 100 miles of trails, the largest trail repair program in park history. Contributions helped reintroduce Bighorn sheep and peregrine falcons and install bear-proof lockers. Another $13.5 million went to the Lower Yosemite Fall project, with more than $11 million from 14,000 contributors, setting a new world-class standard for improving iconic natural locations. More than $1 million annually goes to programs for youth of all ages to create a new generation of park stewards.

July 28,  2015--Tioga Road Rededication Ceremony-- A ceremony was held in Yosemite National Park to rededicate the Tioga Road. The highest road crossing of the Sierra at 9,945 feet, was originally dedicated on July 28, 1915. Pictured here (L to R) are Jerry Edelbrock, VP, Yosemite Conservancy, Laura Bush, Former First Lady and Co-Chair National Park Service Centennial, and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. A "christening bottle" was broken over a ceremonial rock to reenact the original dedication, exactly 100 years ago. Photo by Al Golub/Yosemite Conservancy
July 28, 2015–Tioga Road Re-dedication Ceremony– A ceremony was held in Yosemite National Park to rededicate the Tioga Road. The highest road crossing of the Sierra at 9,945 feet, was originally dedicated on July 28, 1915. Pictured here (L to R) are Jerry Edelbrock, VP, Yosemite Conservancy, Laura Bush, Former First Lady and Co-Chair National Park Service Centennial, and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. A “christening bottle” was broken over a ceremonial rock to reenact the original dedication, exactly 100 years ago. Photo by Al Golub/Yosemite Conservancy
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Yosemite National Park Possible Fee Increase for 2015

Yosemite News Release
October 20, 2014
For Immediate Release

Yosemite National Park Proposes Entrance Fee and Campground Fee Increase

30 Day Public Engagement Period Begins Today 

Yosemite National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park.  The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $20 to $30 for a seven day pass.  The park’s annual pass would increase from $40 to $60.  The current rate of $10 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 for an individual and $25 per motorcycle.  Interagency Passes, which are honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at $80 for the regular pass, $10 for the Senior Pass and free for the Access and Military passes.  The current park entrance fees have been in place since 1997, when a seven day pass was increased from $5 to $20 per vehicle.  According to the U.S. Bureau of labor and Statistics, $20 in 1997 is equivalent to $29.64 in 2014.  This fee change will allow Yosemite to maintain consistent revenue while adjusting accordingly for inflation.
The additional revenue from the fee increase will be used to enhance visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities, restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, additional park programs and transportation services, and increase resource protection.
Yosemite National Park is also evaluating current campground rates to determine if camping fees are adequate to sustain campground operations.  The current campground rates have been in place since 2006 and range between $5 per night to $20 per night for family sites and $40 per night for group sites.  The park is proposing to raise camping fees with fees ranging from $6 per night to $24 per night for family sites and $48 per night for group sites.  The park will utilize comparable campground rates and public feedback to determine if an adjustment to campground fees is warranted.
A 30-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open today, Monday, October 20, 2014 through Thursday, November 20, 2014.  Feedback will be accepted via email at: yose_planning@nps.gov and via U.S. Mail at: Superintendent Attention Proposed Fee Increase P.O.  Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389.  The public is also invited to an open house in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, located behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., which will include public engagement.
The new fees could be implemented in early 2015.  However, the implementation schedule may vary based on the results of civic engagement.  The park will develop an implementation schedule that supports local communities and interested stakeholders.
The park is a strong economic engine for the region and local communities.  Previous fee increases have had no negative effect on visitation levels.  This fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country.
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Meadow Fire at 4,906 Acres, 23 Percent Contained

Half Dome Cables Prepare for Weekend Reopening, Meadow Fire at 23 % Containment – Yosemite

#MeadowFire in Yosemite National Park increases in acreage, but also in containment.

UPDATE: 9/12/2014 – Meadow Fire held at 4,906 acres and now 50 % contained.

 

Dramatic photo of the #MeadowFire in #Yosemite National Park, courtesy of Susan Holt.
Dramatic photo of the #MeadowFire in #Yosemite National Park, courtesy of Susan Holt.

NPS Press Release Below

Yosemite News Release
September 11, 2014
For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:
Scott Gediman 209-372-0248
Kari Cobb 209-372-0529

Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park to Open Saturday, September 13, 2014

Meadow Fire at 4,906 acres, 23% Contained

The Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public on Saturday, September 13, 2014.  The cables have been closed since Sunday night, September 7, due to a wildfire.  The Meadow Fire, located east of Half Dome and near Little Yosemite Valley, is currently at 4,906 acres and is 23% contained.
Yosemite National Park is continuing active suppression efforts on the fire.  Over 550 fire personnel are assigned to the fire, including fire crews from the National Park Service and the U. S. Forest Service.  Additionally, there are sevenaircraft dedicated to suppressing the fire.
The trail to Half Dome via Little Yosemite Valley is open to day-use only.  No overnight camping in any areas impacted by the fire is permitted.  All other area closures, including Little Yosemite Valley, Sunrise High Sierra Camp area, Echo Valley, and Clouds Rest, are still in effect.
Visible smoke in the early morning hours may be present in and around Yosemite Valley and the Half Dome Hike.  Visitors who are sensitive to smoke should consider rescheduling their hike to Half Dome or their visit to Yosemite National Park.  Visitors are urged to check the park’s website to get updated information on the smoke impacts to the park.  Updated information can be found at www.nps.gov/yose or http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm.
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U.S. Forest Service providing 243 firefighters #MeadowFire incl 9 hotshot crews & 4 helicopters.

Our own Inyo Hotshots are among the USFS firefighters assigned to the #MeadowFire in Yosemite.

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Meadow Fire near Half Dome, Yosemite

Half Dome Cables Prepare for Weekend Reopening, Meadow Fire at 23 % Containment – Yosemite

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