Merced River Plan
The Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, released in February 2014, 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 Final Merced River Plan/EIS will:
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.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.