Yosemite National Park Extends Public Scoping Period Regarding Visitor Use on Trails Leading to Half Dome and the Half Dome Cables
Yosemite National Park announces the extension of the public scoping period for visitor use on the trail leading to Half Dome and the Half Dome cables. The scoping period has been extended to July 6, 2010. The public is invited to submit written ideas regarding a long term plan for visitor use on the Half Dome cables. The purpose of the plan will be to provide for the long-term stewardship of Half Dome in a manner that is consistent with the 1964 Wilderness Act and the National Park Service Organic Act.
An interim program is currently in place for the 2010 and 2011 summer season that requires a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Yosemite National Park will be monitoring visitor use on the Half Dome cables, as well as the Mist Trail and portions of the John Muir Trail leading up to Half Dome, in order to assess the effectiveness of the interim program.
Specifically, the plan will:
Public participation is integral for the success of this plan. To submit comments on this topic, the public can contact the park by the following means:
To find out more about the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan please visithttp://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/planning.htm.
Did You Know?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.