MRP Recreation Workshop
The Merced River factors prominently in the grandeur of Yosemite National Park drawing millions of people each year from all over the world. Its towering waterfalls along with meandering and rushing waters provide for a variety of exemplary river related recreational experiences. The National Park Service is preparing a comprehensive management plan that will outline the future management of Merced River including how best to provide for high quality river recreation while protecting the resource values for which the river was designated wild and scenic. The purpose of this workshop is to develop a common understanding of recreation activities and related resource protection along the Merced River. Social Scientist Bret Meldrum and Park Planner Jim Bacon along with other park planners, scientists, and operations specialists will present an overview of current recreation conditions and managerial considerations. The conversations generated in this workshop will provide a foundation for dialog between park managers and the public as the Merced River Plan is developed.
Date: May 25
Presentations given at the workshop:
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.