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avatar Yosemite National Park Gifted $5.8 Million
October 26, 2009 01:22PM
Yosemite National Park, CA -- Yosemite National Park's meadows, trails and wildlife are better off thanks to a $5.8 million contribution by the nonprofit Yosemite Fund.

http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/605135/Yosemite-National-Park-Gifted-58-Million.html
avatar Re: Yosemite National Park Gifted $5.8 Million
October 27, 2009 10:35AM
$5.8 Million Donated to Yosemite National Park by The Yosemite Fund
Date: October 26, 2009

Yosemite National Park’s meadows, trails and wildlife are better off thanks to a $5.8 million contribution by the nonprofit Yosemite Fund.

“People care deeply about preserving Yosemite,” said Mike Tollefson, president of The Yosemite Fund. “Without help from our generous donors, many of these projects would not be possible.”

A check was presented to Acting Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, at the Fund’s Donors Day event in Wawona last Saturday. Donors paid for 56 projects in 2009 to improve the park. The Fund’s signature project this year was the $800,000 rehabilitation of the Half Dome Overlook, which improved vehicle and pedestrian access, educational signage and viewing terraces, and protected natural habitat. Donors also funded projects to restore Wawona Meadow, repair the Red Peak Pass backcountry trail and Valley Loop trail, protect Peregrine Falcons and restore amphitheaters near several Valley campgrounds.

“Visitors to Yosemite are surrounded by Fund-sponsored projects,” said Acting Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga. “The Fund is great way for donors to make a lasting difference for today’s visitors and for future generations.”

Since 1988, The Yosemite Fund has granted over $55 million for more than 300 projects in Yosemite. Fund donors include individuals, foundations and corporations – people who have a real love for Yosemite.

“Donors to the park share the same belief in the power of nature to restore and inspire, and the fear that something precious will be lost if these special places aren’t protected,” added Tollefson.

The Yosemite Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides broad-based private funding and resources for projects that preserve, protect or enhance Yosemite National Park. Contributors provide a margin of excellence in Yosemite, extending a long-standing tradition of private philanthropy in National Parks. Results of the Fund’s work on major projects can be seen most notably at the approach to lower Yosemite Falls ($13.5 million), Glacier Point ($4 million), Happy Isles ($2 million) and Olmstead Point ($1.2 million). Learn more at http://www.yosemitefund.org 1-800-4-MY-PARK.
avatar Re: Yosemite National Park Gifted $5.8 Million
October 27, 2009 11:01AM
We need more of this. If every registered user of this forum donated, say, $100 a year that gift amount would really go up. Or one could get Yosemite license plates and make a relatively painless donation every year. These funds go directly into the park for specific projects. They don't disappear into the NPS budget.

eeek your should stick a link to the fund in some prominent spot on the home page.



Old Dude
avatar Re: Yosemite National Park Gifted $5.8 Million
October 27, 2009 02:28PM
Straighten me out here. Don't people donate to the Yosemite Fund with the expectation that most of the money will be given to projects in Yosemite? Is this a new event? What happened to all the other money over the years? Have they been donating it to Yellowstone by mistake all these years?



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/27/2009 02:29PM by Frank Furter.
avatar Re: Yosemite National Park Gifted $5.8 Million
October 27, 2009 03:05PM
I would suppose that everyone that does already donate to the Yosemite Fund knows that the money is used for specific projects within the park.
The post was aimed more toward those that don't know and don't donate.



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