Yosemite Conservancy provided $9.3 million for projects and programs at Yosemite National Park over the last year, park officials said in a press release. The nonprofit has supported projects such as trail restoration, wildlife protection and art, youth, and educational programming.
"People are incredibly passionate about providing for Yosemite's future. Their support for the park makes a lasting difference in improving people’s experiences and protecting it for future generations," said Mike Tollefson, Yosemite Conservancy President, in the press release.
Yosemite superintendent Don Neubacher acknowledged the importance of the Conservancy's role during the group's Fall Gathering at the historic Wawona Hotel on Saturday.
"This generous support is essential to making possible projects that preserve, protect and enhance the park’s natural condition and the visitor experience," said Neubacher.
More than 50 projects and programs received support during the last year throughout the park. For example, $1.3 million went to 11 Youth in Yosemite programs on education, mentoring, wilderness exploration and park restoration. At Tenaya Lake, one of Yosemite National Park’s most popular summer destinations, $850,000 in contributions is restoring wetlands and improving beach access. The 90-year-old fountain in front of the Wawona Hotel was rehabilitated thanks in part to Conservancy supporters.
Dozens of accomplished artists reach more than 2,000 park visitors annually through Yosemite Conservancy’s Art in the Park programs. Yosemite Theater performances at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center entertain and educate more than 10,000 visitors each year.
-- Posted by Brandon Bowers