Yosemite to use webinars

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     The 21st Century has arrived at Yosemite National Park. I’ve been asking for a long time and now the Planning Division has announced that they will make the general public – world-wide the opportunity to participate in workshops via webinars. Too often meetings are held at the park and you must attend in person to participate. That’s tough when most folks work and cannot drive up 4-5 hours for a 3- hour session. Starting March 25, Yosemite lovers will be able to log on to meetings from their home or office. Pencil in 1-4 pm for the meetings. You’ll hear the words and see the same slides the live audience is seeing. And you can ask questions. You may already be conducting meetings at your office using Go-to-meeting or WEBEX. It just makes so much sense to allow Park lovers a chance to be up to speed and contribute to their park.

     The new communication mode (used by industry for years) with the first of six workshops on the Merced River Plan (MRP).  These workshops can be attended in person or via the internet. Specifics about logging on etc. will be provided as March 25 draws near. In a wise move, this first event will be a part of the monthly Open House and coincides with the Yosemite Conservancy’s Spring Forum the following day. A couple hundred die-hards will be in the-park and able to attend in person. The focus of the sessions will be to discuss the Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) in the development of the Merced River Plan. Each workshop will focus on a different topic such as transportation, user capacity, and user capacity.  The MRP is the outgrowth of the recovery from the 1997 Flood that wiped out a whole lot of facilities. It will look at the impact on the 81 miles of the Wild and Scenic River called the Merced – from Canyon wall to Canyon wall. This could result in the gates being closed upon reaching a defined number of visitors. Pay attention!

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Mar 25  Recreation  – at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, 1-4 pm

Apr 22  Hydrology/Biology/Geol – Yosem Lodge – Garden Terr, 1-4

Apr 26  Transportation – Yosem Lodge – Garden Terrace, 1-4

Apr 27  Cultural Resources –  Yosemite Valley Auditorium, 1-4

Apr 29  User Capacity – Yosem Lodge – Garden Terrace, time TBA

May 13 Science Forum – Yosem Lodge – Garden Terrace, time TBA

     Yosemite now has an official Facebook page. Try facebook.com/YosemiteNPS They have over 5,000 friends – almost as many as my page!

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old; we grow old because we stop hiking.”  – Finis Mitchell 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


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