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    ChevronTexaco donates $1 million to Yosemite Falls restoration project.

    SAN FRANCISCO -- ChevronTexaco Corp. furthered its commitment to Yosemite National Park by making a $1 million donation to The Yosemite Fund to help restore and enhance the approach to Yosemite Falls.

    The $1 million donation is for The Yosemite Fund's Campaign for Yosemite Falls, a two-year, $12.5-million project to restore natural habitat and improve the visitor experience in the 56-acre area leading up to Lower Yosemite Falls.

    "ChevronTexaco is passionate about preserving our natural resources and protecting the environment," said David J. O'Reilly, chairman and CEO of ChevronTexaco. "This is reflected in our long-term commitment to Yosemite National Park through donations and dedicated volunteers. We value partnership and are proud to continue our relationship with The Yosemite Fund and the National Park Service."

    Each year, one quarter of Yosemite's four million visitors use the area to view North America's highest waterfalls. The project will remove a large parking lot and replace it with a more natural setting, protect stream banks, improve viewing areas, footbridges and trails, add educational, directional signage, and disabled access.

    ChevronTexaco is the single largest corporate donor to The Yosemite Fund. Since 1990, ChevronTexaco has contributed $2 million and nearly 35,000 hours of volunteer time by 3,500 employees who have restored the equivalent of 60 acres in Yosemite Valley. Under the direction of the National Park Service, company volunteers will be able to help with the Yosemite Falls restoration project, O'Reilly said.

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