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Yosemite National Park Invites Public to Tuolumne Planning Workshop in Yosemite Valley

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Date: April 17, 2007

As part of its continuing series, the National Park Service (NPS) will conduct a "Planner for a Day" public workshop on Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 4 pm at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls in Yosemite Valley. This event will focus on the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan. The workshop will be preceded by an overview slide presentation on planning in Yosemite at 8am.

Since January, the NPS has hosted this series of interactive workshops to give participants an opportunity to sit at the table with the NPS planning team and work on many of the issues currently being addressed in the Tuolumne planning effort. At previous workshops, participants discovered how public comments and legal mandates help guide the planning process. Participants also provided input that was considered during the creation of desired conditions for the Tuolumne River corridor. The next workshop will focus on assigning those desired conditions to different areas along the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River that flows through Yosemite National Park.

In early July, the NPS will release a newsletter presenting preliminary alternatives for the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan. At that time, the public will have an opportunity to review and provide comments on these early alternatives before they are analyzed in the draft environmental impact statement.

To attend the workshop, please RSVP by phone at (209) 379-1365, fax (209) 379-1294, or email us. For more information on this and other Yosemite projects, visit online at www.nps.gov/yose/planning.

Did You Know?

Vernal and Nevada 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.