Yosemite National Park Announces Signing of the Invasive Plant Management Plan
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael J. Tollefson announced the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on September 19, 2008 for the Invasive Plant Management Plan for Yosemite National Park Environmental Assessment (EA).
This FONSI documents the decision of the National Park Service to adopt a plan to manage invasive plants in Yosemite National Park. Additionally, this plan will help with the determination that no significant impacts on the human environment are associated with such decisions.
The purpose of the plan is to protect the natural, cultural, and scenic resources of the park by preventing the establishment and spread of invasive plants into unaffected areas. This plan will also help to quickly and effectively eradicate new infestations.
The Invasive Plant Management Plan EA was released for a 30-day public review period on June 13, 2008, subsequently closing July 13, 2008. Yosemite received 46 comment letters during the public scoping process, including 29 from individuals and 17 from organizations. In addition, Yosemite also received 8 comment letters specifically related to the environmental assessment.
The Invasive Management Plan:
Implementation of the plan will begin immediately.
Did You Know?
The Merced River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1987. Eighty-one miles of river runs through Yosemite National Park, including a stretch in Yosemite Valley.