Yosemite National Park Opens Public Scoping Period For Invasive Plant Management Plan Update
Yosemite National Park announces the opening of the public scoping period for the park’s Invasive Plant Management Plan Update. The scoping period will run from April 15, 2010 to April 30, 2010. The public is invited to submit written ideas regarding this planning effort.
Yosemite is home to about 1400 native plant species, over 400 of which are endemic to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Non-native invasive plants fundamentally threaten natural systems and wildlife not only within the park, but throughout the national parks throughout the United States.
In 2008, an Invasive Plant Management Plan (2008 IPMP) was created to provide for a comprehensive, prioritized program of invasive plant prevention, early detection, control, systematic monitoring, and research. The 2008 IPMP took a conservative approach since it was one of the first plan/compliance documents completed for invasive plant management in the Pacific West Region. The 2009 Big Meadow Fire, and issues related to managing Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) and other plants highlighted the need for a more adaptive, programmatic plan that offers the additional tools necessary to address the threat that invasive plants pose to park resources.
Goals for this plan include:
Public participation is integral for the success of this plan. The public comment period for Invasive Plant Management Plan Environmental Assessment runs from April 15 to April 30, 2010. To request a copy of the plan and to make comments on this or any other topic, contact the park by any of the following means:
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.