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Celebration of Life Scheduled for Yosemite Association President Steven P. Medley

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Date: October 24, 2006

A celebration honoring the life of Steven P. Medley will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2006 in Yosemite National Park. Steve was the president of the non-profit Yosemite Association from 1985 until his death in a car accident on October 5, 2006.

The memorial will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Grey Barn, located next to the covered bridge and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona. National Park Service Deputy Superintendent Kevin Cann, and representatives from the Yosemite Association Board of Trustees, staff, and Yosemite Rotary will speak. Following the scheduled speakers, the microphone will be open for guests to share tributes to Steve.

A reception will follow the ceremony at 3:00 p.m. at the Wawona Hotel.

Dress is casual. Please be mindful of the weather; this event will be held rain, snow, or shine.

To aid planning, those who expect to attend the event are asked to call the Yosemite Association at 209/379-2646 or 209/379-2317, or send an e-mail to info@yosemite.org with the number in their party.

Suggestions for lodging and parking information are available at www.yosemite.org

Donations made to the Yosemite Association in Steve's memory will be designated by the board of trustees for uses that honor his legacy of stewardship for Yosemite National Park.

Editor's note: The Yosemite Association initiates and supports interpretive, educational, research, scientific, and environmental programs in Yosemite National Park, in association with the National Park Service. Authorized by Congress, the Association provides services and direct financial support in order to promote park stewardship and enrich the visitor experience. They can be reached at 209/379-2646 or www.yosemite.org

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.