Yosemite Facelift © 2008

The 2008 Facelift © was huge!

Over 2,000 people showed up for the 5th annual Yosemite Facelift to help clean up Yosemite National Park. This event is organized by the Yosemite Climbing Association in partnership with the National Park Service and Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yosemite. The Yosemite Facelift is a California Coastal Cleanup event, a National Public Lands Day event, and the largest Access Fund Adopt a Crag event in the country.

The participants cleaned up trails, roadways, river corridors, campgrounds, lodging and housing areas taking special care to not disrupt archeological sites. Several special projects were taken on with NPS crew leaders, some of these included abandoned phone lines that ran to Nevada Falls and to Mirror Lake. Other special projects included cleaning up a former dumpsite in Tuolumne Meadows and loading up over 400 rusted fire rings for recycling through the generous loan of a backhoe and crew by Candelaria Corporation.

41,631 pounds of trash was gathered and two thirds of it was recycled. Over a hundred miles of trail and sixty miles of roadway were scoured. Over a thousand pounds of non-native plant species were removed and disposed of. Many children's groups helped with this effort including the Yosemite Institute, the El Portal School, the Yosemite School and a Brownie Troop from Sacramento. These children had a lot of fun and will be the future land stewards of our Public Lands.

The Yosemite Climbing Association treated all Facelift helpers to incredible daily raffles and evening entertainment. Slideshows were provided by Don Lauria, Glen Denny and Dave Nettle. There was a showing of the internationally acclaimed and award winning Reel Rock Film Tour highlighting the film “The Sharp End”. Timmy O'Neil had the crowd roaring with laughter acting as a talk show host with selected climbers and members of the audience. Josh Ritter in partnership with CLIF Bar’s GreenNotes program played a live acoustic set for the audience outdoors under a magical landscape. During the final evening Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yosemite served Dinner to volunteers and after the final raffle people danced the rest of the evening to music by the extremely talented Jonathan McEuen Band.

Yosemite sparkles once again. Many different user groups came together this year to clean a national treasure. Families, school groups, foreign visitors, hikers, first time Park visitors, and climbers all volunteered. It was obvious by the enthusiasm, smiles, and energy that these volunteers received more than they gave. The Facelift is a shining example of how people from all over the world can work together for a common cause.

Thank you,

Ken Yager

Read the ABC 7 San Francisco interview, aired 9/19/08, with Ken Yager and watch the video at: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/abc7_salutes&id=6402819
 
 

2008 Facelift © - Another Success!

2008 Facelift - Another Success! A huge Thank You to everyone that came out to this years clean-up. You all did an outstanding job.

Over 2,000 people participated cleaning up trails, roadways, river corridors, campgrounds, lodging and housing areas. Several special projects which were headed by NPS crew leaders were completed as well. Some of those were the clean-up of a previous dump site in Tuolumne Meadows, the removal of some abandoned phone lines that ran to Nevada Falls and Mirror Lake and the removal of 400 old and rusted fire rings.
 
In all 41, 631 pounds of trash was picked up with two thirds of it being recycled. Over 100 miles of trail and sixty miles of roadway were cleaned up and over 1,000 pounds of non-native plant species were removed.
 
A very special thanks goes to all the kid's groups that particiapted: Yosemite Institute, the El Portal School, the Yosemite School and a Brownie Troop from Sacramento.

  So many different user groups came together to help in this effort to take care of our beloved Yosemite. This event brings so much to us and we think, to everyone that particiapted and will participate in the future. We hope this event ripples out to all of your local areas with the understanding that the Facelift really isn't just for five days but that it's more of a way in which we should all conduct ourselves and take responsibility in our daily lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 Yosemite Facelift a Huge Success

2007 Yosemite Facelift a Huge Success

The Facelift 2007 was very successful. The final count was 2,945 volunteers contributing 18,335 man hours. The cleaning was contagious and people jumped in and helped participants fill their bags. The Park Service valued the work at $344,148.00. 132 miles of roadway were cleaned including cigarette butts, micro-trash and the toilet paper in the woods at all the turnouts. 80 + miles of trails were cleaned. The Merced River corridor was cleaned from Happy Isles to the NPS Warehouse in El Portal. All lodging, campgrounds, and housing areas in the Valley and Tuolumne were cleaned. Certain abandoned infrastructures were removed which was the majority of the weight.

In all over 42,330 pounds were collected and everything that could was recycled. About 32,000 pounds of the weight was from special projects we took on helping rid the Park of old infra-structure that NPS does not have the funding for removal.

Media links:

Story: ABC World Newser Blog, David Muir

Video: ABC World News with Charles Gibson

ABC News photos

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