• Rainbow over Half Dome


    National Park California

Introduction to Planning

Park planning is an evolving process that involves time, research, and science. Park scientists, administrators, educators, facilities managers, trail builders, architects, engineers and protection rangers devote a great deal of time, experiences, and expertise to the planning process. But there is another integral link in the planning process: The input of people who care about and for Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Planning invites you to get involved!

When beginning the process of planning, there are three major questions:

  • What steps are necessary?
  • What type of plan is this?
  • What documents are needed to inform the plan?

Answers to these same questions are a great way to get a better understanding of how Yosemite planning operates.

Yosemite's planning team strives to ensure its projects do not harm the park's resources; therefore, all plans require consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency. This is done through a review of the National Environmental Policy Act[54 kb PDF] (NEPA) guidelines.

Did You Know?

Upper Merced Watershed

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.