Getting back to nature is not cheap, at least not when it comes to restoring the natural grandeur of California's Yosemite National Park. That is why the Yosemite Conservancy is giving one of its biggest yearly grants to the park.
Conservancy VP Jerry Edelbrock says the group's $15 million gift will go toward rebuilding hiking trails, protecting the Great Gray Owl and restoration of the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, all of which would be beyond the park's own budget.
The Park Service closed Mariposa Grove to the public last year so it could remove a parking lot that had been constructed on the roots of the trees themselves. They also had to take out filler that had been put in natural water courses. Now, work has to be done to put back what nature intended to be there.
The actual labor will come from the California Conservation Corps, a group of young men and women ages 18 to 25 who serve their state by working to protect and restore our natural resources. The money comes from donations to the Yosemite Conservancy, which has been helping to preserve and protect Yosemite National Park for more than 90 years.
NewsRadio KFBK's Mike Hagerty is a native Californian. Born in Los Angeles, raised from age nine in the Eastern High Sierra, Mike's broadcasting career began at age 15 in Bishop, and took him to San Luis Obispo, Ukiah, and then out of state to Reno, Las Vegas and Phoenix before coming back home.Since arriving at KFBK in late 2013, Mike has been Editor of the KFBK Morning News, Managing Editor, Assistant News Director and is now News Director, in addition to being a part of the KFBK Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal.
"My mom and dad lived in Sacramento for many years before moving to L.A., and had a lot of friends here that we'd come back to visit. As a kid, I'd spend a week of most summers here in Sacramento. I grew up on movies at the Crest and ice cream at Gunther's and Vic's. Because of that, Sacramento feels like home."
In addition to covering every presidential election since 1980, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the O.J. Simpson trial, Mike has been an automotive journalist for almost 20 years, reviewing new cars on radio, TV and online, and is a member of Western Automotive Journalists in the Bay Area.
"The fascination with cars is genetic, I think. My dad loved them so much, he bought a gas station when he lived here in Sacramento, just so he could be around cars all day. "
Mike and his wife Rhonda (also a native Californian, and a 34-year resident of the Sacramento area) live in Folsom with their two miniature Schnauzers. Between them, they have four grown children. Mike and Rhonda are avid travelers and love the outdoors, movies, live theater and musical performances and great Northern California food and wine and locally-brewed beer.