Merced River Plan
The Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, released in January 2013, addresses the renowned Merced Wild and Scenic River's 81 miles within Yosemite National Park and the El Portal Administrative Site and functions as the guiding document to protect and enhance river values and manage use within the river corridor for the next 20 years.
The Merced River Draft Plan will:
A number of resources have been made available to assist you in reviewing the full Merced River Draft Plan document, which contains 13 chapters and 15 appendices. View planning maps and site drawings within the document to orient you to the river plan's key planning areas. Additional outreach materials, including a 20-page Summary Guide and fact sheets, summarize salient points of important topic areas, including the restoration, camping, parking, transportation and the preferred alternative.
Public Meeting Materials: As part of the park's robust outreach efforts in early 2013, Yosemite held several informational webinars in February to brief the public on the plan's key elements prior to the start of the public meetings in late February and early March in the park and in various gateway communities.
Comment on the Draft Plan: Due to the complexity of the Merced River Draft Plan, Yosemite held a comment period from Jan. 18-April 30, 2013, which included a 12-day extension to the original 100-day comment period. Although the comment period has closed for the Merced River Draft Plan/EIS, background content can still be viewed online through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/mrp_deis.
Access Interactive Map: View an interactive mapping tool that allows you to examine components of the Merced River Draft Plan alternatives, as well as existing conditions in the river corridor. For assistance, follow map-viewer instructions. [1.2 MB PDF]
Contact Us: Contact Yosemite's Planning Division to request documents or to ask to be on the park's email list--call 209/379-1365 or e-mail us. The planning division,led by Planning Division Chief Kathleen Morse, can be contacted at 209/379-1110 with general inquires. Finally, receive updates on the Merced River Plan process on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/YosemiteNPS.
Plan Future Timeline: View an expected timeline to finalize the Merced River Plan / EIS.
Tuolumne River: Learn more about the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement
Did You Know?
The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.