Is history repeating itself?

07/01/2014 3:07 PM

07/03/2014 3:16 AM

Re "150 years of protecting Giants" (Capitol & California, July 1): This article recognizes the bill signing anniversary which established Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove as a park. Two important points were overlooked.

This act was the first time in human history where natural lands were set aside as a public park. The idea caught on in this democracy and eventually spread throughout the world. A fantastic first that we now take for granted.

Secondly, the act gave the land to California as a state park, a status held for approximately 50 years. It eventually was given back because California was not able to properly manage the area.

The relevance to today is striking. It's been 32 years since State Parks has had a director with prior top park resource management experience and 12 years since anyone with prior park experience. No wonder the parks and organization have deteriorated.

-- Pete Dangermond, Sacramento

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