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Yosemite National Park Conducts Science Forum on the Merced River Plan

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Date: May 9, 2011

Public Invited to Attend Presentations on Recent Scientific Studies

Yosemite National Park invites the public to attend a Science Forum on the Merced River Plan (MRP), Friday, May 13, 2011, at 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 provide status updates and results of scientific studies that relate specifically to the Merced River Plan. This Science Forum serves as a follow-up to the December 2010 forum. 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 a.m. Welcome and thoughts about the role of science & Introduction of Moderator Joe Meyer

9:20 a.m. Status Update: Comprehensive Geologic Hazard and Risk Assessment  Greg Stock

 9:40 a.m.  Water Supply Impacts Assessments for Yosemite Valley and Wawona  Jim Roche

10:00 a.m.  Yosemite Valley Merced River Condition Assessments  Jim Roche

10:20 a.m.  BREAK

10:30 a.m.  A Preliminary Assessment of Meadow Conditions in the Merced River Corridor  Liz Ballenger

10:50 a.m.  Special Status Plant Species in the Merced River Corridor  Alison Colwell

11:10 a.m.  Wildlife Special Status Species  Steve Thompson

11:30 a.m.  Lunch

12:30 p.m. Historical Resource Survey for El Portal  Dave Humphrey

12:50 p.m.  Assessment of Pack Stock Impacts at Archeological Sites  Emily Darko

1:10 p.m.  BREAK

1:15 p.m.  Integrating Transportation and Visitor Use Research Henrietta DeGroot

1:35 p.m.  Modeling Transportation and Visitor Use Components  Henrietta DeGroot

1:55 p.m.  Wrap-up, and preview of upcoming planning milestones  Kathleen Morse

Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

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.