Yosemite National Park Invites the Public to Attend a Forum on the Merced River Plan
Yosemite National Park invites the public to attend a Forum on the Merced River Plan (MRP), this Friday, December 3, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Forum will be held in the Garden Terrace at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, located in Yosemite Valley. This Forum is designed to inform the public about ongoing research being used to formulate the MRP for Yosemite National Park. The event is free and no RSVP’s are required. The park entrance fee will be waived for visitors attending this Forum.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE RESOURCES
10:00 am Yosemite Valley Merced River Condition Assessments Jim Roche10:25 am BREAK
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESOURCES
10:40 am A Preliminary Assessment of Meadow Conditions in the Merced River Corridor Joy Baccei and Erin Babich
11:00 am Wildlife Special Status Species Steve ThompsonCULTURAL RESOURCES
11:25 pm Cultural Landscape Inventory for El Portal Dave Humphrey
11:45 pm Assessment of Pack Stock Impacts at Archeological Sites, Upper Merced Wild and Scenic River Corridor Wesley Wills
12:10 am BREAKVISITOR USE RESOURCES
1:00 pm Integrating Transportation and Visitor Use Research Bret Meldrum
1:20 pm Modeling Transportation and Visitor Use Components Dave Pettebone
1:45 pm Summary Thoughts Kathleen Morse and Niki Stephanie Nicholas
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.