When we think of America's national parks, many of us immediately conjure images of Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon etc. Our national park system, however, includes a great many cultural and historic sites as well.
Yosemite National Park is a World Heritage site, and Restore Hetch Hetchy is committed to its restoration. It's hard not to be a little envious of the outpouring of sentiment for rebuilding Notre-Dame and the quick commitment of funds to make it happen.
Not everybody, however, believes rebuilding Notre-Dame is a priority. Some have said it should be the sole responsibility of the Catholic Church, while others note that the Church should in fact not be amassing wealth, but rather should distribute it among people in need, including so many of its own parishioners.
And, in reference to the Notre-Dame fire, the Costa Rica Times published, "The Earth Is Our Cathedral, and We’re Destroying It". Author Martin LeFevre expresses sympathy for the Notre-Dame fire but took the occasion to express greater concern for the world's environmental problems and cites Hetch Hetchy as a case in point while doing so
The Hetch Hetchy situation is wholly different from Notre-Dame. One site is natural, the other is cultural. Notre-Dame was damaged by an accidental (we think) fire; Hetch Hetchy was damaged by development for the City of San Francisco and sanctioned by the United States Congress.