2012-03-22 / Front Page

Park prepares for Mariposa move

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

 Yosemite National park is preparing to move some 45 employees to Mariposa in mid-May. Park Superintendent Don Neubacher gave employees an update today.

"Opening an NPS office in Mariposa has been identified as an important objective in our 2020 strategic plan and has been a long-term goal of Yosemite for more than 30 years," Neubacher said in the daily report. 

As part of gaining the new space in Mariposa, Yosemite is removing a number of rented trailers in the Park. Already gone is the project management construction trailer in the Valley, and the SPU trailer in El Portal is next, followed by the planning division trailer. That won't happen until the completion of the Merced River Plan, however.

Neubacher said the Park is planning for the future. "After we successfully complete this part of the move, the Park will then fully evaluate the vacated office space in El Portal," he said. "During this process, we will look closely at how this space can be re-allocated most appropriately and effectively."

The superintendent said the Park plans to hold an open house in Mariposa this summer. "In the end, an NPS office in Mariposa will be a great thing for the Park, our employees, the community, our partners and our visitors," he concluded.

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