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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Worst Drought Ever Alters #Yosemite National Park

Drought Alters Familiar Landscape In Yosemite National Park

"Where's the waterfall?"

Hikers walk along the muddy banks of Mirror Lake on March 19, 2015 in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Tenaya Creek feeds Mirror Lake, whose banks have receded months earlier than usual, the remaining water reflects bare rock that is usually covered in snow this time of year. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park is bracing for its driest year on record, with visitor bureaus downplaying the allure of the park's most famous waterfall and instead touting the park as a destination for hiking, bicycling and photography.Yosemite Falls will probably go dry in June — two months earlier than usual, parks officials say. The Merced River, which powers the spectacular Nevada and Vernal falls before meandering across the Yosemite Valley floor, will probably slow to a shallow stream about the same time.
And with the drought enabling western pine bark beetles to kill large areas of forest, the park is preparing for a bad fire season."Visitors bureaus are saying they're not going to promote Yosemite Falls as much this year," said Scott Gediman, assistant superintendent for public and legislative affairs at the park. "My response: No problem. We have to be realistic." Read more

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