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Public Scoping Meeting for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan Announced

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Date: August 31, 2009

A public scoping meeting for the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the Underlounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley.

The public scoping period for the Environmental Assessment began on August 13, 2009 and ends September 26, 2009. Public scoping comments will be used to assist the park in developing a range of reasonable and feasible alternatives that meet the purpose and need, including a no action alternative, and then analyzing the potential environmental effects of each alternative. Written scoping comments should be postmarked no later than September 26, 2009.

After more than 80 years of service, the hotel and associated structures are in need of rehabilitation to become compliant with building codes, replace outdated electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems, and to provide a higher level of visitor services.

The purpose of this effort is to develop a comprehensive plan for phased, long-term rehabilitation of the Ahwahnee National Landmark hotel and associated guest cottages, employee dormitory and landscaped grounds.

The plan will help guide efforts to restore, preserve, and protect the historic integrity of fabric and finishes at the hotel, improve energy efficient operations, and enhance the visitor experience through improved operational efficiency, increased accessibility, and rehabilitation of historic resources.

Written comments can be submitted at public scoping meetings, by mail, fax, email, and through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) commenting system.  Comments may be submitted by the following means:

Mail:  Superintendent
 Attn: The Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan EA
 P.O. Box 577
 Yosemite, CA 95389
Fax: 209-379-1294
e-mail us 
Online: www.nps.gov/yose/planning
Web:  A new way to submit comments is available online called PEPC (Planning, Environment, and Public Comment).  The site can be accessed at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yose

Did You Know?

Merced River Gorge

Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.