Yosemite National Park Announces The Tioga Trailheads Project
Yosemite National Park is preparing a Tioga Trailheads Environmental Assessment (EA) to provide corridor-wide trailhead design guidelines; to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources; and to improve visitor safety, access, and enjoyment. This project will consider alternative means to improve traffic and pedestrian travel patterns, way-finding, accessibility, interpretation, picnicking facilities, food storage, and waste management.
This project will address eight of the twelve designated trailheads along the Tioga Road, including: Gaylor Lakes at Tioga Pass, Mono Pass, Snow Creek, May Lake, Porcupine, Yosemite Creek/Ten Lakes, Lukens Lake, and Tamarack Flat/Aspen Valley.
An environmental assessment is currently underway. Public scoping will occur from November 6 through December 12, 2008. Comments with issues, ideas, and suggestions for the Tioga Trailheads Project may be submitted during this period. The public will have a second formal comment period when the environmental assessment is ready for review (anticipated in winter 2009/2010).
Although there will be two formal opportunities to comment on this plan, it is important to remember that comments are welcome at any time during the planning process. A field visit is scheduled for November 15, pending weather and road conditions. Additional field visits will be scheduled in the spring and early summer of 2009.
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Did You Know?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.