Yosemite Conservancy 2011 Spring Forum

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     The annual Yosemite Conservancy Spring Forum will be held Saturday, March 26 at the Valley Visitor Center’s Auditorium. Actually, the event used to be the called the Yosemite Association Spring Forum, but since its merger with the Yosemite Fund, they now are using the new name. If you are an old YA or YF member – whala! You are now a YC member. We are still waiting to see the process for renewal. I am a member of both. I hope they will announce this at the meeting. 

     The event  draws a good crowd – upwards of 200 Yosemite groupies attend. Old and young, but mostly those who really care about the park show up. Many benefactors are there. These are the big buck donors. Did you  know you can put Yosemite in your will? (Heck, you can put me in your will.) We all wear nametags to facilitate conversation. A highlight is the annual “State of the Park” kind of talk given by the Superintendent. Don Neubacher will take the mic at 9 am. There are nature walks, trekking pole seminars by the lovely and talented Jayah Faye Paley, Ranger talks and a ton of activities go on during the day.

     Plan to arrive Friday the 25th and stay until Sunday if you can. It sure beats driving up at the crack of dark and buzzing home. There is plenty of networking that can be done. I try to attend every year. Look for me and let’s talk Half Dome. Although HD is not on the formal agenda now, I’m hoping we will get an update on the Half Dome Stewardship Planning and the HD Permit process. By then all the May / June permits will be given out. Click <HERE> for a complete agenda of activities.

     Permit Update – The NPS is working on the recreation.gov website. Half Dome is now listed under the PERMIT (not as a TOUR as in 2010). But things are still mushy. Here is the message I got – I hope to the 7th moon of Thor that it’s all in place BEFORE March 1.

ATTENTION: The Permits for Half Dome will be available on March 1, 2011 at 10am (ET). Currently the facility is under construction. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please check back on March 1, 2011.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Gather round a corner, half a mile from here. See those long trains runnin and watch them disappear. Without love, where would you be now?” – DoobieBrothers

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


7 Responses to “Yosemite Conservancy 2011 Spring Forum”

  1. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    hi, Rick,

    I got a consolidated statement from the Yosemite Conservancy with my YA and YF 2010 contributions added together. (For income taxes, you’re supposed to get an end of year statement from anyone to whom you give $250 or more.)

    If you got the email from YC to register for the Spring Forum, then they have you as a current donor. If you didn’t get that email earlier this week, then call ’em up and make a donation as the YC website says.

    Dedicated readers, there’s still time to donate and register for the Forum. The fee is now $75, which includes boxed lunch with choice of sandwich. Go to yosemiteconservancy.org, look under events, and follow the links.

    I think the old YA member idea is a bit different from being a YF/YC donor. (Remember that those of us who were YA members actually got to vote on the consolidation and I think we used to be asked to formally elect the YA board members.)

    Now that my YA membership is expired, I don’t have any nifty card to present for discounts at the YF bookstores in the park; maybe their computer knows me? That’s not my main reason for donating a bit to the YF as a “park partner,” of course, but it’s a nice reward!

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Excellent info, Maureen. So I assume you will be there? Let’s break bread together. Maybe a hke up Yosem Falls on Sunday.

      What is the IRS process if you donate more the $300,000 in a single year ? :>)

  2. Kathy Says:

    I spoke to someone at YC yesterday regarding “Memberhip” YC doesn’t list “membership” as YA did – it is under donations or support. There are two types that give the same benefits as the old YA Membership. Friends of – is the exact same benefits as YA membership was – smallest donation is $25 for the coupon book and discounts at bookstore etc. it is annual membership and needs to be renewed yearly. The other option is Sequoia – it is ongoing monthly – no renewal – so you need to contact them to cancel – smallest montly donation is $5 and you get the same benefits of Friends or the old YA membership. If you have a YA membership even if it expired last summer you should still be in the system. If you renew online or on phone you should get the card and letter in a couple of weeks.

  3. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    I’m fortunate that the week before the Forum is spring break at UC Berkeley, where I’m a lecturer.

    So I’ll be coming up early Thursday morning and plan to hike Hite Cove Thursday afternoon for wildflowers. I’m not sure what I’m doing Friday and Sunday.

    One of those days I plan to snowshoe out to Dewey Point from Badger Pass, and I’ve been thinking that could be done Sunday and still get me home to be ready for my 8 am Monday lecture. But hiking partway up to Yosemite Falls, at least to where there’s a gate they close when the trail gets too slick, is another Sunday possibility. (The little graphic of the falling hiker is a good warning.) I’ve only been on that trail in the summer. Even going that far up, the view of the ice cone might be spectacular.

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Hites is neat.

      I’ve done Y Falls to the top after previous Spring Forum…poles make it do-able. Funny to watch people with sneakers attempt it…I don’t recall a gate.

      Anyone else want to join us??

  4. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    I’m up for the top of Yosemite Falls on Sunday. I do love this hike, but have only done it near the end of May.

    I even once found the little trail down to the overlook of the Middle Falls, what one hiking book calls Oh my gosh! Rock.

    Rick, want to name a start time and meet-up place?

    (I’ll be leaving my car in day parking, probably, and taking the shuttle bus to stop 7.)

    I love this hike.

    I have to warn you, I’m not really a speed demon, particularly down hill, so I won’t mind if those who are out for a great workout speed on ahead!

    I’ll do Dewey Point on Friday! If you’ve never been there in the winter, I highly recommend it. Going in on the old Glacier Point Road provides an opportunity for some of that vaunted solitude.

    I love Yosemite at the end of March — wildflowers at 2,000 feet on the west (gets more sun) side of the canyon of the south fork of the Merced, snowshoe and skiing at 7200+ feet at Badger Pass.

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