Yosemite Park Limits Access
- Those of you who might be considering a trip to visit some
of our western national parks this summer, should take a minute
to read this article.
In a move to reduce the strain on the park from overcrowding
and traffic congestion, the National Park Service announced this
week that access to Yosemite National Park will be cut by 10%.
Park superintendent Gabe Foster told reporters that the move
was long overdue.
"The effect of overcrowding has had a devastating effect
on the wildlife and the park's natural features." He explained,
"At this point, we feel the only way to preserve its natural
beauty is to limit such exposure."
Local businesses did not react well to the announcement. "This
is going to have a devastating impact on the restaurant."
said Susan Sanchez, owner of the El Cap Inn, "We're looking
at least a 10% decline in revenues, if not more. I don't know
how we're going to make it."
Environmental groups hailed the decision, saying that it was
a tough call but necessary to preserve the park for future generations.