Press Coverage


Peter Bartelme, Yosemite Conservancy, 415-664-1503,
Jennifer Miller, Yosemite Conservancy, 415-434-1782,

Yosemite Conservancy in the News


April 2, 2014, Palos Verdes Peninsula News, "Conservancy's first film series shares the wonders of nature"

March 14, 2014, KSEE 24 Fresno, Spring Time Yosemite Adventures in Full Bloom, Interview with Adonia Ripple, General Manager at Yosemite Conservancy

February 14, 2014, USA Today "The Silent Yosemite"-Print Story

February 14, 2014, USA Today "Yosemite is Magical in Winter"-Online Story


December 17, 2013, Pasadena Star News "Ken Burns talks about National Parks, His New Movie About Yosemite"

December 2, 2013, Capitol Public Radio Interview with Dayton Duncan author of “Seeds of the Future: Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea” Part 1, Part 2

November 15, 2013, The Business Journal "Profile of Mike Tollefson"

October 4, 2013, Long Beach Press Telegram, “Conservancy Employee Brings Passion to Job”

September 13, 2013, The Week “Charity of the Week”

August 18, 2013, San Francisco KCBS radio interview, “Youth in Yosemite Programs”

August 1, 2013, Fox40 Morning Show “Youth in Yosemite”

June 20, 2013, Fox40 Morning Show “A Visit to Glacier Point”

June 20, 2013 Fox 40 Morning Show “Weatherman and former yosemite employee returns to park”

June 7, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle, “Yosemite climber shares high-level wisdom”

June 2, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle, “Indian weaving to be shown in Yosemite”

March 8, 2013, KMJ radio interview, “Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures”

February 26, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle, “Yosemite plan - relief for giant sequoias”

February 21, 2013, San Francisco Chronicle, “Unreal winter colors are true”


November 7, 2012, Fox News Latino “Youth involvement with national park program promotes college enrollment"

October 19, 2012, San Francisco Business Times “Yosemite Conservancy names three new officers"

October 5, 2012, The Atlantic “Watch Yosemite's Stunning Night Skies Through Telescopes and Time-Lapses

August 14, 2012, San Jose Mercury News Cover Story “Yosemite Youth Movement"

August 3, 2012, San Jose Mercury News "Yosemite National Park, with donors' help, expands at-risk youth programs"

July 1, 2012, KTVU Bay Area People Interview with Conservancy President Mike Tollefson

June 15, 2012, AZ-Lifestyle "Grand Old Hotels: Standing the Test of Time"

June 14, 2012, Mariposa Gazette "Yosemite Conservancy unveils summer art and theater programs"

June 12, 2012, LA Times "Yosemite's Tenaya Lake area being renovated"

May 15, 2012, CBS Nightly News "Yosemite Falls Timelapse Video"

May 14, 2012, FOX40 Live "Morning Meteorologist Darren Peck Debuts Yosemite Falls Webcam"

May 14, 2012, Washington Post "New Webcams Show Yosemite National Park's Top Sights on the Internet Around the Clock"

May 14, 2012, San Francisco Chronicle "Falls Stream Live Online for 1st Time"

April 16, 2012, Los Angeles Times "Yosemite: Sleep at Tenaya Lodge and help fund park's conservancy"

April 9, 2012 KYNO Fresno "Mike Tollefson Discusses Youth programs in Yosemite"

March 20, 2012, FOX40 Live "Video Journal-Yosemite After Snowfall"

March 3, 2012, Los Angeles Times Travel Blog "Yosemite National Park: Camping in Tuolumne, for the uninitiated"

February 23, 2012, San Jose Mercury News "Winter is His Home"


October 5, 2011, KMJ LIVE "Ray Appleton Interviews Conservancy President Mike Tollefson on 9.3 Million Donation to Support Yosemite"

September 25, 2011, San Jose Mercury News, "Donors Dig Deep for Parks in Need"

June 14, 2011, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite's Tenaya Lake Area to Get Major Makeover"

April 21, 2011, Stockton Record, "Choose Your Own Adventure"

March 3, 2011, Mariposa Gazette, "Yosemite Conservancy Works to Fund Important Youth Programs"


Sunset Magazine May 2010

April 25 2010, San Francisco Chronicle, "First Light" Photographers Explore Yosemite


December 21, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle, "Two non-profits that support Yosemite to merge"

September 20, 2009, Los Angeles Times, "Yosemite’s Half Dome Overlook Gets Needed Facelift"

September 3, 2009 - San Francisco Business Times
Nonprofit Profile- Mike Tollefson, President, The Yosemite Fun

November 2, 2009 - San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite Park Upgrades - Natural By Design"

August 28, 2009 - KTVU Channel 2 Television
YOSEMITE: Robert Handa Reports On Park Overlook's Renovations And Re-Opening Ceremony


October 24, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite Visitors Treated to A New View"

October 24, 2008, KTVU Channel 2 Television, "Yosemite Celebrates Reopening of Famed Overlook"

August 22 , 2008, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite Superintendent Leaving for Fundraiser"


December 15, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle
Grand Register of Yo-Semite Valley: A book packed with history


September 14, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle, "Viewpoint reopens with a new look in the high country"

June 2, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle, "Park's trails to get $13 million rebuild"


November 27, 2005, San Francisco Chronicle, "Global warming stalks Yosemite - Retracing the steps of a meticulous early 20th century biologist"

October 1, 2005, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nonprofit opening superb vistas with trail to 'instant wilderness'"

April 5, 2005, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finishing touch on nature - new paths, markers highlight waterfalls, former Indian village"