Mather to reopen; Strawberry future unclear

By Mike Morris / The Union Democrat

Camp Mather will reopen this summer to celebrate its 90th anniversary, despite damage from last year's Rim Fire and water supply concerns from this year's drought.

The family camp, near Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station, has been a summer retreat run by San Francisco since 1924.

Mostly catering to San Franciscans, the camp also hosts special events, like the twice yearly Strawberry Music Festival.

The Rim Fire, which scorched about 400-square-miles of forest and parkland between August and October, damaged Camp Mather's power and water infrastructure, said Alison Kastama, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Power distribution lines were repaired last fall, and the Public Utilities Commission has "helped make temporary repairs to water pipes so the camp can operate this summer," she said.

For the complete story, see the April 4, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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