Park Management and the Growth of Cooperating Associations in Yosemite National Park California
In January 1997 a 100-year flood destroyed buildings, campgrounds, roadways, and bridges in Yosemite Valley, the most visited part of Yosemite National Park. The advent of the flood gave park managers an opportunity to rethink the built environment of Yosemite and create a new approach to managing the park by drafting environmental plans and utilizing partnerships with cooperating associations. This thesis uses historical documents, current data, and illustrations to trace the management of Yosemite since it was founded in 1890. This study is the first to report on the growth of cooperating associations operating within the national park system, which originated in Yosemite. Over time, these associations have become more intimately involved with the operation of Yosemite. The study proves that without cooperating associations park staff cannot operate Yosemite National Park and serve the public according to the NPS mission statement as outlined by the 1916 Organic Act.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:yosemite national park cooperating associations ngo s management
Date of Publication:01/01/2003