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Mt. Whitney Case StudyMt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye, NPS Washington DCGarry Oye, NPS Washington DC
Chief of Wilderness ...
Mt. WhitneyMt. Whitney
 Historical PerspectiveHistorical Perspective
 Lessons LearnedLessons Learned
 Future DirectionF...
Historical PerspectiveHistorical Perspective
 18731873 First AscentFirst Ascent
 19041904 Trail CompletedTrail Completed...
Limited Entry QuotasLimited Entry Quotas
 19741974 75 people per day75 people per day
 20012001 Whitney TrailWhitney Tra...
ToiletsToilets
Lessons LearnedLessons Learned
 Visitors want to do the Right ThingVisitors want to do the Right Thing
 Good Fences don’...
Visitors want to do the right thing.Visitors want to do the right thing.
Each year visitors
pack out over 3
tons of human
...
Good NeighborsGood Neighbors
 Sequoia & Kings Canyon NationalSequoia & Kings Canyon National
ParksParks
 Yosemite Nation...
Trail Crest Exits 2007:
Average Visitors per Day
0.0
10.0
20.0
30.0
40.0
50.0
60.0
M
ay
June
July
August
Septem
ber
O
ctob...
No Free LunchNo Free Lunch
 ReservationsReservations
 PermitsPermits
 WAG bagsWAG bags
 ToiletsToilets
 User FeesUser...
Time is Never RightTime is Never Right
 Need for ChangeNeed for Change
 Courage and LeadershipCourage and Leadership
 P...
Future DirectionFuture Direction
 Create a New Whitney ExperienceCreate a New Whitney Experience
 Personal choice and re...
A new day for Whitney
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study
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Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study

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Mt. Whitney Case Study
Garry Oye, NPS Washington DC
Chief of Wilderness Stewardship & Recreation Management
Brian Spitek, FS Inyo National Forest
Wilderness Ranger
Exit Strategies Conference 2010
Sustainable Summits Initiative

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Garry Oye - Mt. Whitney Case Study

  1. 1. Mt. Whitney Case StudyMt. Whitney Case Study Garry Oye, NPS Washington DCGarry Oye, NPS Washington DC Chief of Wilderness Stewardship & Recreation ManagementChief of Wilderness Stewardship & Recreation Management Brian Spitek, FS Inyo National ForestBrian Spitek, FS Inyo National Forest Wilderness RangerWilderness Ranger
  2. 2. Mt. WhitneyMt. Whitney  Historical PerspectiveHistorical Perspective  Lessons LearnedLessons Learned  Future DirectionFuture Direction
  3. 3. Historical PerspectiveHistorical Perspective  18731873 First AscentFirst Ascent  19041904 Trail CompletedTrail Completed  1930s1930s Whitney Portal DevelopmentWhitney Portal Development  19641964 Wilderness ActWilderness Act  1970s1970s Backpacking BoomBackpacking Boom
  4. 4. Limited Entry QuotasLimited Entry Quotas  19741974 75 people per day75 people per day  20012001 Whitney TrailWhitney Trail (100 day and 60 overnight)(100 day and 60 overnight) North Fork Lone PineNorth Fork Lone Pine (15 overnight)(15 overnight) Trail Crest ExitTrail Crest Exit (25 per day)(25 per day)
  5. 5. ToiletsToilets
  6. 6. Lessons LearnedLessons Learned  Visitors want to do the Right ThingVisitors want to do the Right Thing  Good Fences don’t always makeGood Fences don’t always make good neighborsgood neighbors  No such thing as a free lunchNo such thing as a free lunch  The time is never right for changeThe time is never right for change
  7. 7. Visitors want to do the right thing.Visitors want to do the right thing. Each year visitors pack out over 3 tons of human waste.
  8. 8. Good NeighborsGood Neighbors  Sequoia & Kings Canyon NationalSequoia & Kings Canyon National ParksParks  Yosemite National ParkYosemite National Park  InteragencyInteragency Coordination/CooperationCoordination/Cooperation
  9. 9. Trail Crest Exits 2007: Average Visitors per Day 0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 60.0 M ay June July August Septem ber O ctober From YOSE From SEKI From Inyo
  10. 10. No Free LunchNo Free Lunch  ReservationsReservations  PermitsPermits  WAG bagsWAG bags  ToiletsToilets  User FeesUser Fees
  11. 11. Time is Never RightTime is Never Right  Need for ChangeNeed for Change  Courage and LeadershipCourage and Leadership  Public Notice & Public InvolvementPublic Notice & Public Involvement
  12. 12. Future DirectionFuture Direction  Create a New Whitney ExperienceCreate a New Whitney Experience  Personal choice and responsibilityPersonal choice and responsibility – Safety and Resource ProtectionSafety and Resource Protection  TransitTransit – Portal Parking Lot to Portal VillagePortal Parking Lot to Portal Village – Bears in wilderness, not carsBears in wilderness, not cars – Cars in Valley, not at destinationCars in Valley, not at destination  Pulses of UsePulses of Use
  13. 13. A new day for Whitney

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