Resolution Of Support For Yosemite National Park Administrative And Visitor Services Plans



Resolution 12-07.23L

WHEREAS, Yosemite National Park is preparing for the 150th anniversary observation of the 1864 Yosemite Grant Act as well as the 125th anniversary observation of Yosemite's 1890 designation as a National Park, and in order to help preserve and restore the natural beauty of Yosemite Valley and to better serve Yosemite National Park visitors, the National Park Service has committed to removing Administrative Services and adding much-needed satellite visitor services outside the congested Yosemite Valley; and

WHEREAS, Mariposa County is the home of Yosemite and provides the only all-season access to Yosemite National Park via California Highway 140, as well as serving as home to the majority of Yosemite National Park Administrative personnel who currently commute an average of one hour in each direction along the Highway 140 corridor through the Merced River Canyon from home to work, adding unneeded automobile exhaust to an environmentally-sensitive area; and

WHEREAS, the National Park Service, working with Mariposa County's elected officials and members of the United States Congress has determined that crowded conditions that sometimes result in visitors encountering up to a two-hour delay of idling automobiles entering Yosemite via the Arch Rock Entrance on Highway 140 can be greatly alleviated by building an Administrative and Visitor Services Center in the town of Mariposa which may also harbor a small museum, film orientation and other visitor support, all of which will allow visitors to purchase park admission in advance, receive answers to questions as well as brochures and maps now distributed at the Arch Rock Entrance gate and thus, allow for fast-tracking into the park, resulting in a better quality visitor experience as well as greatly reduced auto pollution;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports authorizing the purchase of land in the town of Mariposa near the intersection of California Highways 140 and 49 for the purpose of constructing a Yosemite National Park Administrative and Visitor Services Center.

Sponsor Mariposa County Democratic Central Committee 

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2012 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 18, 2012 


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