Merced River Plan ~ public meeting archive
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2012: Outstandingly Remarkable Values
Yosemite National Park presented the framework we are developing to achieve protection and enhancement of ORVs of the Merced Wild and Scenic River. Park planners, scientists, and user-capacity experts were present to collaborative dialogue throughout the day.
2012: Rock-fall Science Forum
Yosemite National Park, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey and other academic researchers, completed a comprehensive rock-fall hazard and risk assessment for Yosemite Valley. Park geologist Greg Stock presents the scientific methods used to derive a rock-fall hazard line, the results of risk analyses of structures and campsites, and actions proposed by the park to reduce this risk.
2012: Preliminary Alternative Concepts Workshops, Site Visits, and Webinars
Since the workshops last fall, the interdisciplinary Merced River planning team has been using the feedback you provided to inform us as we develop alternatives for the river plan. These alternatives are still preliminary, and we want your input going forward as we refine them for the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). We have developed a series of workshops, site visits, webinars, and a companion workbook to share our work with you. The dates and times are listed below. The workshops are an opportunity to speak with park staff, provide your insights and feedback, and ask questions. In addition, site visits take place in Yosemite Valley, El Portal, and Wawona. These allow for an even more immersive experience as we visit key locations within walking distance of the workshops and discuss action alternatives. Webinars are convenient if you don't live close to a meeting place or otherwise cannot attend in person. We've tried to provide a wide range of ways for you to provide input, and we hope you can join us.
Fall 2011: Alternatives Development Workshops
Throughout the development of the Merced River Plan we have checked in with you to let you know where we are in the process, to share what we've learned, and to get your ideas. In Spring 2011, Merced River Plan Workshops and Science Forum, we shared with you what we were learning about the condition of the river and its Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs). Since then we've been working on developing some options for addressing the management considerations identified through the Draft Baseline Condition Report and public comment. We are identifying some of the most significant issues to share with you this fall through a series of public forums and a workbook. These forums will be an opportunity to let us know what you think of the options we've identified and help us start laying the foundations for feasible alternatives.
Spring 2011: Merced River Plan Spring Workshops
The Merced River Plan (MRP) team hosted a series of workshops and a science forum in the spring of 2011. These workshops were a chance to find out more about the conditions of the river's Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) and management considerations that need to be addressed in a successful Merced River Plan. The workshops focused on transportation, user capacity, and the Merced River's ORVs.For those unable to attend the workshops are available online via a webinar. In addition to the workshops there are many other upcoming opportunities to participate in shaping the future of the Merced River.
Did You Know?
At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.