Michael Grisar, who was vice president of operations at Yosemite National Park, is currently out of work after a video of him driving golf balls into the protected Ahwahnee Meadow appeared online.
The video, uploaded to Instagram by his wife and since removed, shows Grisar hitting the balls into the beautiful meadow under the watchful gaze of Half Dome in the background.
“We are aware of the video and have spoken with the individual, who has apologized and acknowledges using poor judgment. We have great respect for Yosemite National Park and expect all of our employees to uphold the rules and regulations that are in place to preserve and protect it.”
– David Freireich, corporate spokesman
Hitting golf balls into a park meadow is considered littering. However, had Grisar retrieved the balls he would have trampled a protected meadow that is being restored.
95% of Yosemite is designated wilderness. The meadows are vulnerable ecosystems and soak up and filter water from melting snowpack, most of which serves San Francisco.