Press Release Jan 24, 2018

Mike Reynolds Named Superintendent of Yosemite National Park

Statement by Mark Rose, Sierra Nevada Field Representative for National Parks Conservation Association

Statement by Mark Rose, Sierra Nevada Field Representative for National Parks Conservation Association

“As the Sierra Nevada Field Representative for National Parks Conservation Association, I look forward to working with Superintendent Mike Reynolds to ensure long-term protection of one of the crown jewels of our National Park System.

“Superintendent Reynolds will face two primary obstacles at Yosemite that are unfortunately not unique to this national treasure: an ever-increasing repair backlog and overcrowding within the park. Yosemite’s $555 million maintenance backlog contributes to the more than $11.3 billion problem facing national parks across the country. Members of Congress in the region and across the country have a responsibility and opportunity to support more robust funding for our national parks as well as the bipartisan, bicameral National Park Service Legacy Act.

“Over-crowding is another issue that Yosemite and many other parks must address. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for this problem, and Superintendent Reynolds will need to work with local stakeholders, as well as Secretary Zinke and the administration to create a solution that ensures visitors have a safe, enjoyable experience and park resources are protected.

“Yosemite also has an opportunity to lead by example, as one of three pilot national parks working to reduce the amount of visitor-generated waste that parks send to the landfills. Yosemite National Park is collaborating with Subaru of America, Inc., National Parks Conservation Association and park concessionaires to substantially reduce landfill waste. We look forward to working with Superintendent Reynolds and his leadership team at the park to help make Yosemite an example of sustainable operations throughout the National Park System.”

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