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15th Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release September 20, 2018

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avatar 15th Annual Facelift to be Held in Yosemite National Park - Yosemite News Release September 20, 2018
September 22, 2018 11:44AM
Extensive Parkwide Clean-Up Event to Occur September 26-30, 2018

Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association invite the public to participate in the 15th Annual Yosemite Facelift, an event held each fall to clean up trash and debris from around the park after the busy summer season.

Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park, including roadways, in the river corridor, on trails, near climbing routes, and in parking, camping, and lodging areas. The event starts on Tuesday evening, September 25, with an evening program. Trash pick-up volunteer days will start on Wednesday, September 26 and continue through Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Last year, over 1,700 Yosemite Facelift volunteers collected and removed 6,790 pounds of trash and debris from Yosemite National Park. Volunteers worked over 11,000 hours throughout the event and throughout the park to clear debris and trash from heavily visited areas and along park roadways.

Interested volunteers can sign up at the booth in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 26 through Saturday, September 29. On Sunday, September 30 registration will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A second check-in station will be located at the Tuolumne Meadows campground office on Friday and Saturday September 28-29. The Tuolumne Meadows booth will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Crew leaders will be at the booths to organize work groups and hand out trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks. Trash must be returned to the booths each day by the registration area’s closing time to be weighed and sorted. All volunteers must register prior to participating in the event.

On Saturday, September 29, the park will celebrate National Public Lands Day. In order to celebrate this special day and the Facelift events, the park will waive entrance fees. The fee waiver includes entrance fees on Saturday only and is not associated with camping fees.

Additionally, there will be a Yosemite Volunteer Awards Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Valley Visitor Center on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

The Yosemite Facelift is a park-wide volunteer event that was started by the Yosemite Climbing Association in 2004 to encourage climbers and other visitors to clean up the park at the end of the busy summer season. The Yosemite Climbing Association sponsors and organizes the annual Yosemite Facelift in partnership with the National Park Service. For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit the Yosemite Climbing Association website at http://www.yosemiteclimbing.org/facelift-2018.
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