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Yosemite National Park Extends Comment Period for the Alternatives Development of the Merced River Plan

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Date: November 18, 2011

Public Highly Encouraged to Help with the Development of Alternatives for the Plan

Yosemite National Park is currently working on developing alternatives for the Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced Wild and Scenic River (MRP). This plan will provide the framework for management decisions regarding the Merced River and the Merced River Corridor in Yosemite National Park. The park contains 81 miles of the Merced River, which was designated a Wild and Scenic River in 1987.  

Public participation in the planning effort is vitally important. In order to help the public understand concerns related to the MRP, Yosemite National Park has developed a workbook identifying important issues related to the plan. The workbook was specifically designed to help the public comment on the development of alternatives for the MRP. The comment period on the alternatives development, which was originally slated to end on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, has been extended to Wednesday, December 14, 2011.

Comments can be made via the park's Planning, Environment, Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov.

Comments can be submitted via U.S. mail at the following address:
Attn: Merced River Plan
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

To request a hard copy of the workbook, please call 209-379-1110 or email us.

An overview of the MRP alternatives will be made available to the public in late winter 2012. A thirty day public comment period will follow. Details regarding the comment period are forthcoming and an announcement will be made when available.

For more information about the Merced River Plan and to download an electronic copy of the workbook, please visit www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm.

Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.