Da plan, boss, da plan!

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Reference the many blog entries and notes about the settled lawsuit and the need for a new, improved Merced River Plan. This new effort will include planning for the entire 81 miles of the Merced Wild and Scenic River in Yosemite National Park, and will also contain detailed planning for Yosemite Valley, El Portal, and Wawona, along with a park-wide transportation plan. The park has announced a timetable for public scoping. This means our chance as citizens to get involved in the plan. Remember this WILL affect the Half Dome hike as the trail lies within the quarter mile span of control of the Wild and Scnenic Rivers Act. So jump in and be a part of the solution. I plan to. Kind of like voting – if you don’t, then you can’t complain with what you get. To help, the park has set up many forum for us to hear the current thoughts. Try to attend. This bus only goes around once and it doesn’t stop at too many places. Here’s the schedule. Public scoping comments will be accepted through December 4, 2009. Scoping is a process where the National Park Service solicits public ideas on what the scope, or extent of analysis, should be in the plan/environmental impact statement (EIS). Written comments should be addressed to the Superintendent, Attn: Merced River Plan, Yosemite National Park, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389. Email to yose_planning@nps.gov.

See www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/newmrp.htm.
All meetings, except the October 28 meeting, will follow the below agenda:
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Open house/Welcome
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Scope of plan/Comment period
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Open forum
Date                                                        Location
Mon, Oct 26 Oakhurst: Masonic Lodge40216 Highway 49
Tue, Oct 27 Lee Vining: Mono Basin Visitor Center, Highway 395
Wed, Oct 28 Yosemite Valley: East Auditorium
Mon, Nov 2 Mariposa: Mariposa Government Center 5100 Bullion St
Tue, Nov 3 Fresno: REI 7810 N. Blackstone Ave
Wed, Nov 4 Groveland: Groveland Community Hall
Mon, Nov 9 Sacramento: Sacramento Southside Clubhouse2051 6th Street,
Tue, Nov 10 Berkeley: Doubletree Hotel 200 Marina Blvd
Mon, Nov 16 Los Angeles: LA River Center570 West Ave 26 # 100
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation’s braggart lords.” – John Muir

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


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