Yosemite National Park, CA — Yosemite National Park and Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany have signed a sister park arrangement. Yosemite officials say the purpose of this international land pact is to promote international cooperation that benefits both parks.
“We are honored and excited to begin this formal relationship with Berchtesgaden National Park,” stated Don Neubacher Park Superintendent. “Both parks share many features, including spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife, and we are confident that this relationship will produce a myriad of benefits for both parks.”
Park officials say the German exchange will involve numerous management and resource sharing techniques. It will also include a staff exchange in 2015 with Yosemite employees heading to Germany.
Yosemite has teamed up with similar parks in other countries; those include Huangshan National Park and Jiuzhaigou National Park in China, and Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in Chile.
Berchtesgaden National Park has similar landscapes and wildlife including deer, and marmots. Yosemite is also working with parks in Nepal, Tanzania, and Mongolia in hopes of making them sister parks as well.