Viewpoints on Yosemite Management
Tourist In Yosemite
You've been coming to Yosemite for many years. You enjoy the accommodations at
the lodge and the opportunity to go out to dinner. On the other hand, you
resent the crowds and traffic you have attempted to escape by coming to the
(Yosemite Concession Services Corporation)
You operate the hotels and business operations for a contract worth more than
$1 billion in gross revenue. You will turn back 20.2% to the federal
government, which will own all major buildings in Yosemite.
You work at the lodge and have worked in the park for ten years. You like the
luxury of living in Yosemite Valley. If the lodge is moved, your job will be
National Parks and Conservation Association
You are a member of an organization dedicated to preserving Yosemite and other
national parks. You believe facilities and development should be located
outside the park and that a regional transportation system should be set up,
using concession fees.
Yosemite Institute Instructor
You are an instructor at an educational institute in the park and teach people
how to protect Yosemite and other wilderness areas. You are a conservationist,
but if all development is moved out of the park, your organization will be
affected and will need to relocate.
Artists, Photographers and Writers
You visit Yosemite by yourself to gain inspiration for your artistic work. You
also participate in annual workshops offered in the park and meet old
acquaintances. You would be willing to use public transportation if it meant
less congestion in the park.
Resident of El Portal
Your small town outside the park may become a much larger city if all the
development in the park is relocated. The town is on a Wild and Scenic River,
which would be affected by development.
Business Owners in Outlying Areas
If there is a reduction in the number of people allowed in Yosemite Valley,
your business could suffer. On the other hand, more people might seek your
services if services inside the park were limited.
You study the restoration of impacted ecosystems in the park. You believe that
a general reduction in commercialization and the number of cars will enable the
park to restore some of its already impacted ecosystems.
Tour Bus Company
You are the owner-operator of a tour bus company, and many of your visitors are
from Japan, Germany, Holland, and England. Currently, the Park Service limits
the concessionaire to only 18% of its rooms for tour bus groups. You believe
that if the Park Service would raise this to 22%, there would be 120 fewer cars
overnight in the park and less congestion.
Sierra Club Members
You belong to the conservation organization founded by John Muir, whose primary
goal is to preserve the natural systems in the park. You believe that
development in the park should not exceed the limits set by the General
Management Plan and support innovative, regional transportation
National Park Service
Your job, as a team, is to listen to all sides of the General Management Plan
debate and vote on a plan for how the valley should be managed. Consider all
the perspectives presented in the debate and decide on the best plan of action
to fulfill the mission and goals of the National Park Service for future
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