In preparation for the reintroduction of the Western Pond Turtle into Yosemite National Park, the NPS contacted Sierra Foothill Conservancy to discuss the possibility of sourcing Western Pond Turtles from the significant population in the Stockton Creek Preserve. Extensive monitoring by park biologists and research teams has taken place since then to insure that the Stockton Creek is robust enough to supply turtles for relocation without negatively affecting the current population. Some juvenile turtles were sent to the San Francisco Zoo for monitoring until they are old enough for release. The first release of turtles from Stockton Creek into Yosemite National Park took place this spring in June and again with SFC staff and volunteers in August 2016. The turtles were fitted with radio transmitters for monitoring and identification of preferred habitat. The next release is slated for spring 2017.