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Mihalic Will Retire Rather Than Transfer

Yosemite National Park superintendent David Mihalic says he will retire over opposition to two controversial projects at another park he was asked to work at.

Mihalic will retire January third. Last month, the National Park Service asked him to swap jobs with Great Smoky

Mountains Superintendent Michael Tollefson.

Mihalic refused and spoke out against two planned projects there. One is the construction of a 28-mile road to remote cemeteries. The other would give 160 acres of parkland to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in exchange for land that would be added to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Mihalic said a study showed the land swap would be to the Great Smoky MountainsĀ“ detriment.

Tollefson has accepted the reassignment to Yosemite.