Tuolumne River Plan
In accordance with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the National Park Service has prepared the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the segments of the Tuolumne River corridor within Yosemite. The plan analyzes a range of approaches for managing the visitor experience, facilities, and natural and cultural resources within the Wild and Scenic River corridor.
The Tuolumne River corridor is rich in natural, cultural, and scenic wonders, as well as outstanding opportunities for recreation. Recognizing the Tuolumne River's exceptional character and seeking to preserve its free-flowing nature, Congress in 1984 included 83 Miles of the river (54 miles in the park) in the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River originates high on the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Flowing westward, the river meanders through Tuolumne Meadows, cascades through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne and then enters the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The reservoir is not part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Below O'Shaugnessy Dam, the river continues through Poopenaut Valley to the park boundary.
The Tuolumne River Draft Plan:
Contact Us: The Planning Division, with Tuolumne River Plan Project Manager Mike Yochim, can be contacted at 209/379-1110 for general inquires. Finally, receive updates on the Tuolumne River Plan process on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/YosemiteNPS.
Merced River: Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement is open for public comment through April 18, 2013.
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.