From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
Every year my family looks forward to visiting Tuolumne Meadows
in Yosemite National Park—where you not only experience the
beautiful alpine meadow, but you can also take in one of the
wonderful presentations at the Parsons Memorial Lodge.
Some California State Parks and Forest Service campgrounds have
begun shutting off toilets and showers because of the drought,
but most local facilities remain in the clear for water usage as
of right now.
Looking eastward from the canyon’s popular South Rim, visitors
could soon see a hive of construction as workers build
restaurants, hotels and shops on a distant mesa on the Navajo
Indian reservation. … That project and a second, unrelated
development proposed for just south of the canyon have set off
alarms at the National Park Service, which sees them as the most
serious threat the park has faced in its 95-year history.
Yosemite National Park, in California’s Sierra Nevada, is
celebrating the 150th anniversary of the law that preserved it —
and planted the seeds for the National Park system. At the same
time, the park faces the challenge of protecting the natural
wonders from their own popularity.
Half Dome and the grand vista around cozy Yosemite Valley are
good reasons to practice science here, but researchers see a much
bigger picture. Yosemite is a living laboratory — the entire
1,169 square miles, not just the gorgeous 7 square miles of
“A promise made by the Interior Department to preserve and
protect the ranches that have long been part of the Point Reyes
National Seashore is going to be transformed from a political
pledge into the rules and regulations of the national park.”
“On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally
Jewell will kick off National Park Week with a visit to Crater
Lake National Park, highlighting this year’s ‘Go Wild!’ theme
that encourages people to connect with the nation’s natural,
historic, and cultural heritage through events and programs at
401 national park units across the country. National Park Week
runs from April 19 to April 27.