The March 4 blog generated some comments. My words came out wrong. I meant to say for the MRP, the Yosemite Conservancy YC) will be one source of the funds needed to execute the selected alternative. YNP gets about $29M a year from the Feds to run the park. They actually spend much more…like $80M. The Yosemite Conservancy is one of the sources of the additional funds. Bequeathments, donations, fund drives, etc. provide additional money. In 2011, YC provided the park about $9.3M. The current concessionaire, Delaware North Company, gains revenue from managing much of the physical plant and services. Much of that gets back to the Park.
The Merced River Plan is expected to cost $235M over the 20 years for implementation. That will be funded by a combination of their portion of the concessioners revenue, some from the federal highways administration, their Congressional funded budget and the largest contribution will be from the recreation fees or a percentage gate admission fees. Keep in mind that the current sequestration crisis will cut 5% ($1.4M).
The park has until July to have an acceptable plan that passes muster with the courts. This whole project is a result of the park losing 2 appeals years ago. Regardless of the alternative that is ultimately chosen, don’t expect the ice rink and bike rentals to stop August 1. It could take 2 decades for everything to be implemented.
Did you know that the Mariposa Grove is home to over 500 big trees and 5,000 seedlings? I hold my postion that the golf course there is overkill for a park and should be repurposed. I realize that it is not a large source of revenue for the concessioner, whose main contribution to their bottom line is from the lodging operations they manage across the whole Park.
And now you know.
Bulletin – I will be speaking at REI Berkeley, CA Tomorrow, March 7, at 7 pm. Be there or be square.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” Bill Shakespeare
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com