YA Spring Forum goings on

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
     This week we are going to share info I gleaned at the annual Yosemite Assn Spring Forum held last weekend. It was nice to see so many of you. The rest of you should join up. 450 or so members made the trek on a spectacular Spring weekend. It was actually hot! Not like what coming to the Sierra this week – SNOW.
    The biggest non-surprise was the announced merger of the Yosemite Association and the Yosemite Fund into the Yosemite Conservancy. That will be the official name and a new logo will be forthcoming. The official legal date for the new organization is June 4. Christie Holloway kicked off the event and introduced many of the leadership staff. Ms. Holloway is the chair of the Yosemite Association Board of Trustees.

     In his talk, new Superintendent, Don Neubacher said the 2 emphasis areas will be Resource Protection and Youth Education. The latter will emphasize diversity of youth so that all segments experience the park. Don admitted to having only been on the job for 2 weeks and deferred to his top staff. He went ot UC Davis. The 2016 100th anniversary of the NPS is coming up and Yosmtie hopes to get resources to help in the celebration.

     Stan Austin is currently Superintendent at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area but is acting Deputy of Yosemite. I didn’t know we had a Deputy!

     Niki Nicolas is the Chief of Resources. Restoration will be big this year. She told us that the Wawona Meadows will be restored and the classic fountain that has been inop for so long will be made functional again. There is also program to preserve the  Yosemite toad and the Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog.

     Jack Hoeflich heads the Protection Division and manages fire protection and security as well as the  new cable permit system.

     Scott Gediman’s Public Affairs office has been pretty busy with the Ken Burns film – it began in 2003!  The park has coverage in the California Visitors magazine as well as the booklets produced by the gateway communities.  The next Sunset magazine will have a Yosemite feature. Cable TV’s Food Network will have Rachel Ray doing a 1 hour show about camping at the park. San Francisco’s KPIX (CBS) will have a show on April 22 with coverage of springtime in Mariposa with good shots of  Tunnel View. He announced that the image used on the selected quarter for the next US Mint Quarter program was El Cap. What we didn’t know was that his wife Beth took the photo that was used! The line drawing view of El Cap with the Merced and the log in the foreground is a clone of what Beth took!! He showed us the photo. This quarter will roll out in July.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A stitch in time saves nine, so we take a thousands stitches today to save nine tomorrows.” – John Muir, 1912
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


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