MEDIA ADVISORY: Water Conservation And Yosemite Restoration Initiative Petition Drive To Officially Launch Where John Muir Began His First Trip To Yosemite

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Former Yosemite National Park Chief to join with environmental and conservation groups to endorse campaign

WHAT:    
The former Superintendent of Yosemite National Park joins with environmental and conservation groups to officially launch the petition drive to qualify the Water Conservation and Yosemite Restoration Initiative for the November 2012 San Francisco ballot.

The drive launches from the spot where famed environmentalist John Muir embarked on his first, historic trip to Yosemite, where he arrived 144 years ago this month. Muir vigorously opposed the clear-cutting, flooding, and destruction of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley, which he called “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples.”

If qualified for the ballot and approved by San Francisco voters in November, the Water Conservation and Yosemite Restoration Initiative would require the city to create a plan to move San Francisco from last in the state to first in the nation in water sustainability and begin to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Before any actions could be taken, voters would have to approve the water recycling and habitat restoration plans at a later election.

WHO:        
B.J. Griffin, Former Superintendent, Yosemite National Park
Ron Sundergill, Pacific Region Director, National Parks Conservation Association
Mike Marshall, Campaign Director, Yosemite Restoration Campaign

WHEN:    
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
12:00 p.m.

WHERE:    
Behind the San Francisco Ferry Building
(next to Ferry Plaza Seafood)
San Francisco, CA

ABOUT THE YOSEMITE RESTORATION CAMPAIGN:
The mission of the Yosemite Restoration Campaign is to reform San Francisco’s 19th century water system to allow for the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park. It is a non-profit, 501 (c)(4) organization. http://www.YosemiteRestoration.org

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