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Chinese Rangers Participating in Seven-Week Long Exchange Program in Yosemite National Park

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Date: February 12, 2007

Four rangers from Jiuzhaigou National Park in China are participating in and observing various programs in Yosemite National Park as part of a seven-week long exchange program between the parks.

Li Yali, from the personnel department, Chen Haoran, an engineer with the construction department, Zhu Zhongfu, an engineer from the science department, and Yang Jie, from the protection department, are in Yosemite to share ideas and knowledge with National Park Service staff members about land management.

"With our diverse visitor base in Yosemite, it is incredibly valuable to be able to exchange perspectives and knowledge with these rangers. We are excited to be a part of this global communication and betterment of our world's public lands." said Niki Nicholas, PhD, the Chief of Resources Management and Science in Yosemite.

Jiuzhaigou National Park, on the western Sichuan Plateau in China, is known for its waterfalls, spectacular lakes, pristine forests, and diverse animal and plant life, much like Yosemite National Park. Both parks are designated as World Heritage Sites.

The purpose of the park exchange is to promote international cooperation that benefits both parks. The relationship will allow the parks to share approaches to collaboration, including efforts to work with gateway communities, regional and local economies, friends groups, and partner organizations.

Did You Know?

Upper Merced Watershed

The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.