Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
After nearly 9 months, the Obama Administration finally filled the post of Director of the NPS. Jon Jarvis was picked to head the huge Department of Interior post. He was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate.
Jarvis, is a 30-year veteran of the Park Service. For the past 7 years he held the position of NPS Pacific West Regional Director. This region contains 54 national parks from Nevada through the Pacific to American Samoa and includes Yosemite. He also was in charge of Mount Rainier National Park. The impact to us is that one of his first jobs (we hope) will be to select the permanent Superintendent of Yosemite. Dave Uberaga has been acting Super since January.
Just in to the news desk – California State Park closure plan got some relief as the Governor now proposes to get $14M in savings without fully closing the parks. He wants to partially or seasonally close some parks, stop major equipment purchases this year, reduce spending on seasonal staff, reduce hours of operation and reduce ongoing maintenance. So they may not be shuttered, but bring your own TP!!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields. Nothing is real. And nothing to get hung about Strawberry Fields forever.” – The Beatles
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com