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Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis Visit Yosemite National Park

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Date: October 14, 2009

Two Top Department of Interior Officials Hike with Kids and See Award Winning Buffalo Soldier Program

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis toured Yosemite National Park this weekend.  This was Salazar’s first official visit to Yosemite National Park and Jarvis’ first visit as the Director of the National Park Service.

While in Yosemite, Salazar and Jarvis toured American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects ongoing in the park.  Additionally, they joined school age children on a hike through Cook’s Meadow and were joined by Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, who presented his award winning Buffalo Soldier program. 

A small reception was held while in the park to honor and welcome Jarvis in his new position as NPS Director.  Salazar also recognized Acting Superintendent Dave Uberuaga for his outstanding work in Yosemite since January of this year, when he assumed his role as Acting Superintendent for the park.

Photos of Salazar’s and Jarvis’ visit are available by calling 209-372-0529 or by email.

Did You Know?

Rockfall area and talus slope at base of Three Brothers in Yosemite Valley.

In March 1987, the largest historical rockfall in Yosemite National Park deposited an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris at the base of Three Brothers, closing Northside Drive for several months.