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Topic: Yosemite, Merced River draft plan comment, period time is running out! Apr. 18< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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April 18 is the last day to have your $0.02 weighed on the public comment's scale for the river plan that impacts a lot of the Yosemite Valley and adjacent high country (up past and through Little Yosemite valley and Merced lake as well as Wawona.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm

They've thrown a lot into the mix as the courts have mandated commercial services as well as structures and environment and traffic and visitation (Valley and back country) all get reviewed.
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They've extended it, again.

"Public comment period extended to April 30, 2013"
http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm

Yikes.
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Man......that's a lot of info to digest.  
Was there anything in particular that jumped out at you so far?

I did notice the proposed changes to the BP'rs camp and LYV etc.
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The summary sheet tables are a good go-to.
http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/upload/mrp-deis-sum-matrix-web.pdf
The one thing that popped was due to the court cases a lot of commercial visitor services have been caught up in the plan. So the preferred alternative proposes elimiminating bike rentals as well as removing the ice rink and some such. Now I can see the raft renatals as having a potentially adverse river impact, but bicycles?

They've probably alrady caved some in that they're  only proposing removing one of the 1920's bridges (Sugar Pine) so the flow would stay somewhat constricted. The riverside campsite removal in Upper and Lower Pines makes sense.

All of that is receiving howls of outrage on the Park's FB page as well as the DNC Yosemite page.

The preffered alternative proposes increasing campsites in the Valley and I like to see more affordable visitor accomodations like that.
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thanks for posting the info
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thanks for posting the info

Sure thing.

I like that the public comments on these plans actually are acknowledged and incorportaed, often, in changes in further drafts.

So I figure having people on a backpacker site aware of the opportunity to have input into one of the better backpacking parks makes some sense.
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