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:
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?
Unrestricted camping is no longer allowed in Yosemite Valley because of damage it causes. The placement of campgrounds and campsites has changed over the past 75 years in response to a growing understanding of river dynamics, geologic hazards, and the park's natural and cultural resources.