Yosemite National Park Announces Release of the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment
Yosemite National Park announces the release of the Badger Pass Ski Lodge Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review. This rehabilitation project would repair and stabilize deteriorated structural and exterior elements to prevent further damage, and contribute to full rehabilitation of the ski lodge and associated support facilities. In January 2009, Yosemite National Park initiated public scoping and hosted two public meetings to solicit comments. Comments received from the public, tribes, and other agencies have contributed to the development and refinement of a range of alternatives presented in this EA. The EA describes the No Action and three action alternatives, analyzes the potential environmental impacts of each alternative, and includes mitigation measures to avoid or minimize impacts to sensitive resources.
Environmental stresses, coupled with inadequate site drainage and snow-melt management systems, have contributed to structural deterioration of the lodge. Building expansions and modifications to meet the changing needs of the ski industry were not compatible with the original architecture of the 1935 building. Rehabilitation of the lodge would protect areas of primary historical significance, while allowing flexibility to accommodate the needs associated with current and future ski area use.
Park staff will be available to answer questions and provide copies of the EA at the park’s public open houses on May 26 and June 30, 2010, 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the Visitor Center Auditorium in Yosemite Valley.
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.