World Heritage site

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     In 1984, Yosemite National Park was designated as a World Heritage Site.  I don’t think this is promoted very well. I’d like to spend a few electrons and let you know what this means. Although preservation has been an ongoing quest of many countries, like the building of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt, which would have flooded the valley containing the Abu Simbel temples, drew worldwide attention. 

     The idea of preserving cultural sites and the conservation of nature matured in 1972 with UNESCO and the International Council on Monuments and Sites leading the charge. The United Nations conference on Human Environment in Stockholm developed the cooperative wording for the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The current list consists of 660 cultural, 166 natural and 25 “mixed” sites in 141 geopolitical sites. Currently 184 countries participate. Yosemite is in fine company. El Cap, Half Dome, the waterfalls and natural surroundings all made for a great choice. Here’s the list of the 20 World Heritage Sites located in the USA. They are listed by year of designation. Many are pretty obscure to me, but I presume  they merit recognition.

Mesa Verde National Park (1978)
Yellowstone National Park (1978)
 Everglades National Park (1979)
 Grand Canyon National Park (1979)
 Independence Hall (1979)
 Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek (1979, 1992, 1994)
 Redwood National and State Parks (1980)
 Mammoth Cave National Park (1981)
 Olympic National Park (1981)
 Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (1982)
 La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico (1983)
 Great Smoky Mountains National Park (1983)
 Statue of Liberty (1984) 
 Yosemite National Park (1984)
 Chaco Culture (1987)
 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (1987) 
 Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (1987)
 Pueblo de Taos (1992)
 Carlsbad Caverns National Park (1995)
 Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (1995)

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” – John Muir

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Maureen Lahiff says:

    the plaque with the designation of Yosemite as a World Heritage Site is just to the left of the main doors to the Visitors Center in Yosemite Valley.

    a nice photo op!

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