From: alra@governance.net
Subject: Greeters At The Gates Update

Land Rights Network
American Land Rights Association
PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604
Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973 – E-mail: alra@landrights.org
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Greeters At The Gates Update

We still need volunteers.  Please do your part and spend three hours at one of the Yosemite Gates.  You can really make a difference.  Call (360) 687-3087 or (360) 607-3312 to volunteer.  Call anytime during the weekend.  Evenings are ok.   Ask for Chuck.

The Greeters At The Gates program will take place on Highways 41 and 120 entrances to Yosemite National Park.  

Because of the Mariposa County Fair, we will NOT have people at that Highway 140 Gate.

Please call and do your part.

Friday, August 29th.  Times:  8 to 11, 11 to 2, 2 to 5, 5 to 8

Saturday, August 30th.  Times:  8 to 11, 11 to 2, 2 to 5

Sunday, August 31st.  Times:   8 to 11, 11 to 2

Monday, September 1st.  Times:  8 to 11, 11 to 2

*****Chuck Cushman changes schedule:

Chuck Cushman with American Land Rights and Visitors and Communities for an Open Yosemite has been sick all week and will not personally be at the Highway 120 gate as originally planned.  He worked the Highway 140 gate over Memorial Day and the Highway 120 gate over July 4th.

He will be available all Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday by phone.

You can reach him for questions, directions, supplies and anything else at either (360) 687-3087 or his cell phone of (360) 607-3312.  Don’t hesitate to call for help or to volunteer a little time.

His e-mail address during the weekend is ccushman@landrights.org.

For volunteers, if there are any problems, just go to a pay phone and call Chuck Cushman at the above numbers.   Cell phones don’t work well at either the Highway 41 or 120 entrances.

Important reminders:

-----1.  You will have Orange safety vests.  Wear them.  They are required by the Park Service.

-----2.  A copy of the permit will be at each entrance.  Please read it.  If you have any questions, call Chuck.  You have a permit to hand out surveys to people coming into the park only.  We may NOT hand out surveys to people leaving the park.  You may stand in spots outside the gate and pass the surveys to people who are stopped waiting to get in.

     Do not hold up traffic.  If the toll booth has no car, let the car you are talking to go and send it up.  You must not appear like you are holding up traffic.  Make sure you help keep the toll booth filled with a car at all times.  

-----3.  Be cooperative with the Park Service.  Be respectful.  The rangers you meet are good people just trying to do their job.  If there is a problem, get their name and phone number and call Chuck.  He’ll follow up immediately.  Sometimes there is some confusion between different shifts of rangers.  At almost always can be worked out.

-----4.  The volunteers will be handing a survey, return envelope and a car sign to each driver.  Do not stick your hand or arm in the car.   Let the driver reach out for the material.  Just ask each driver if they know that the Park Service is going to close Yosemite to almost all cars eventually?  Ask if they want to be forced to ride a bus?  Ask if they oppose closing so many parking spaces and campsites.  ASK  THEM  TO  FILL  OUT THE  SURVEY  AND  MAIL  IT  BACK  IN  THE  RETURN  ENVELOPE  YOU GIVE  THEM.

-----5.  Be sure to take lots of water, a chair, a hat and sunscreen.  


The Yosemite Valley Plan must be stopped.

Volunteers are needed urgently.  Please look at the dates above.  Respond back by e-mail or phone to let us know when you can participate.  A special thank you to those who have already committed to helping.  Ask your friends and neighbors if they can help.

The massive Yosemite forced busing plan must be stopped.  Also the plan to close 75% of the parking and 60% of the campsites that were available under the 1980 General Management Plan.  That means that 3500 parking spaces are being reduced to 550.  That 800 campsites are being reduced to 340.

Visitors and Communities for an Open Yosemite and American Land Rights are holding their third “Greeters At The Gates” program at the entrances to Yosemite National Park for four days over Labor Day Weekend.

Volunteers over July 4th  included Yosemite Indians, the Yosemite Campers Coalition, climbers, ranchers, and local families and interested citizens.  They covered the three main gates to Yosemite with a blanket of information.   

Labor Day weekend we start on Friday, August 29th, and go through Saturday, Sunday and even Monday, September 1st.  We’ll again gather at the gates to educate the public about the terrible effects of the Yosemite Valley Plan.

This will be our last big chance until next spring to show the public that 80% of the California public does not want to see campsites closed, parking shut down and families forced to ride buses in Yosemite.

Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested in volunteering.

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