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Yosemite National Park Announces Merced River Plan Fall Workshops

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Date: October 14, 2011

Public Encouraged to Help Develop 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. The park will be conducting five workshops this fall concerning various aspects of the plan and alternative development. These workshops are an opportunity for people to provide suggestions to the park about what options and topics should be included in the alternatives. Suggestions will be used to help shape the alternatives that will presented in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the MRP. Each workshop is designed to engage the public and elicit feedback and ideas about management issues necessary to complete the Merced River Plan.  

The workshops will be used to share significant issues and options concerning the MRP. A companion workbook will be released in advance of the meetings in order to familiarize the public with significant components of the plan.

The public is highly encouraged to attend these important workshops.

Fall meetings on the Merced River Plan will occur on the following dates:

Date Time Location
October 27, 2011
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
El Portal Community Center
El Portal, California
October 28, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wawona Community Center
Wawona, California
October 29, 2011
10:00 am to 4:00 p.m.
Garden Terrace, Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite National Park
November 7, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Garden Terrace, Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite National Park
November 9, 2011
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Palm Room, San Francisco Film Centre
San Francisco, California

People entering the park to attend a workshop will have the entrance fee waived. These people should inform the Park Ranger at the entrance station that they are entering the park to attend the workshop.  

For more information about the Merced River Plan, please visit www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm.

Did You Know?

Upper Merced Watershed

The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.