From the Chair & President


Last year marked a busy and fulfilling year for the Conservancy. Our ambitious vision, combined with your dedication, produced amazing results: We were able to preserve and protect Yosemite National Park, while enhancing the visitor experience. Your donations impacted Yosemite in countless ways, from preserving trails to providing visitor-service programs and much more. Above all, we recognize our work is only possible because of your enduring commitment to this national treasure.

You helped us make great strides on 2012’s two signature projects: restoring the East Beach at Tenaya Lake and Youth in Yosemite. Together with the National Park Service, we celebrated the restoration at East Beach, where revitalized wetlands are thriving, and where visitors of all abilities can stroll along the new, accessible trail to Tenaya Lake. Your generosity also allowed us to support nine Youth in Yosemite Programs. Young people learned valuable outdoor and leadership skills, which helped them fulfill personal and career goals even after they returned to their communities.

Other notable 2012 achievements include:

  • $8.4 million in aid was provided to Yosemite for project grants and programs
  • 40,000 Conservancy donors made a difference for Yosemite’s future.
  • More than 10,000 bear canisters were rented, keeping bears wild and visitors safe
  • 15,000 acres of wilderness were surveyed by youth crews
  • 58 project grants and visitor-service programs were funded, ranging from trail and habitat restoration, to cultural resource protection, to enhanced visitor services

Your deeply personal connection to Yosemite is helping ensure this spectacular place is preserved and protected so future generations can experience the same wonder.

See you in the park,

John Dorman
Mike Tollefson