Yosemite National Park celebrated its volunteers at the sixth annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on National Public Lands Day Sept. 26.
The ceremony was conducted to recognize outstanding volunteers who have donated their time, talent, and skills to protect and preserve park resources and provide excellent service to park visitors.
This year, park volunteers repaired trails, removed invasive plants, assisted visitors, curated museum artifacts, educated hikers on how to leave no trace, researched wildlife, performed clerical work, and provided valuable preventative search and rescue information to park visitors.
On average, Yosemite hosts over 10,000 volunteers per year, who donate over 163,000 hours of work to clean up and protect the park. The award ceremony is held on National Public Lands Day each year, as part of the annual Yosemite Facelift park-wide cleanup event.
“Volunteers perform a wide array of important work in the park,” said Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “We are incredibly grateful these volunteers donate their time and talent to provide lasting contributions towards the preservation of Yosemite National Park.”
The recipients of the sixth annual Yosemite Volunteer Awards were: