Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping Period Regarding Visitor Use on the Half Dome Cables
Yosemite National Park announces the opening of the public scoping period for visitor use on the Half Dome cables. The scoping period will run from May 26, 2010 to June 25, 2010. The public is invited to submit written ideas regarding a long term plan for visitor use on the Half Dome cables. The purpose of the plan will be to provide for the long-term stewardship of Half Dome in a manner that is consistent with the 1964 Wilderness Act and the National Park Service Organic Act.
An interim program is currently in place for the 2010 and 2011 summer season that requires permits to ascend the Half Dome cables on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Yosemite National Park will be monitoring visitor use on the Half Dome cables and assessing the effectiveness of the interim program at the conclusion of this summer and next summer.
The hike to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite. Most visitors ascend Half Dome via the cables, which are in place from mid-May through mid-October. The increase in popularity of the hike has resulted in large numbers of visitors using the cables, particularly on weekends and holidays. This has resulted in significant safety concerns, has impacted the resources, and has negatively affected the visitor experience.
Public participation is integral for the success of this plan. The public comment period for the Interim Program for the Half Dome Day Use Permits runs from May 26 to June 25, 2010. To submit comments on this topic, contact the park by any of the following means:
Did You Know?
The Yosemite Leadership Program partners with UC Merced, to bring students to the park each summer for hands-on professional development through internships. Students work alongside scientists, educators, interpreters, business managers, and many other professionals of the NPS and park partner organizations. Some go on to become National Park Service rangers.