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Yosemite National Park Invites the Public to Attend a Forum on the Merced River Plan

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Date: November 30, 2010

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.

Agenda for the day (subject to change):

 9:00 am Introduction Niki Stephanie Nicholas and Kathleen Morse

PHYSICAL SCIENCE RESOURCES
 9:20 am Comprehensive Geologic Hazard and Risk Assessment along the Merced River Corridor Greg Stock

 9:40 am Water Supply Impacts Assessments for Yosemite Valley and Wawona Jim Roche

10:00 am Yosemite Valley Merced River Condition Assessments Jim Roche

10:25 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 Thompson

CULTURAL 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 BREAK

VISITOR 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?

Wawona Covered Bridge

Built to connect human developments on both sides of the South Fork Merced River, the Wawona Covered Bridge is one of few covered bridges in the region. Built in 1868 by Yosemite’s first guardian, Galen Clark, the Wawona Covered Bridge boasts state significance within transportation, entertainment, and recreation contexts.