The Tenaya Lake Area Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for public review from October 18 to November 17, 2010. The plan addresses a wide range of visitor experiences and resource impacts around this spectacular high-country lake.
The preferred alternative for the plan would provide a diverse range of visitor experiences within the Tenaya Lake area, including an accessible trail along the western edge of the lake between East Beach and Murphy Creek and within the East Beach and Sunrise Trailhead areas. Many existing trails located within ecologically and culturally sensitive areas would be removed and restored to natural conditions. This alternative includes 9.7 acres of ecological restoration within areas currently affected by visitor use, creation of volunteer trails, and stormwater erosion. The trail systems around the lake and north of Tioga Road would be realigned to avoid sensitive natural and cultural resources and support protection and restoration, and use of pedestrian bridges and boardwalks over waterways and wetland habitat would restore hydrological function of major waterways. Visitor parking capacity would total 215 spaces.
There are four other alternatives the public is asked to review, including a No Action alternative, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This alternative would continue current management of the Tenaya Lake area.
There will be a formal presentation of the plan at 2:30 pm during the regularly scheduled open house in Yosemite Valley on October 27, 2010. The open house is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium in Yosemite Valley. Park admission is waived for open house attendees.
To find out more about the Tenaya Lake Area Plan Environmental Assessment, download a copy of the EA or find out how to provide comments; visit www.nps.gov/parkmgmt/tenaya.htm.
Rescheduled Tioga Road Site Visit
Yosemite National Park invites the public to a site visit for the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The previously scheduled site visits were cancelled due to inclement weather at the higher elevations in the park. This public site visit is an opportunity for interested parties to learn more about this planning effort. Park planners will be at the meeting to discuss the project and hear comments and concerns regarding the planning effort and proposed rehabilitation actions.
Due to the high elevation of the Tioga Road, the proposed Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project will be completed over a series of three phases. Phases include: Phase 1:
- Crane Flat to White Wolf (2012)
- Phase 2: Olmsted Point to east of Tuolumne Lodge (2014)
- Phase 3: White Wolf to Olmsted Point (2016)
The site to discuss the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project will take place in two locations along the Tioga Road. Interested parties are invited to join one, or both, portions of the discussion. Visitors should meet at the South Fork Bridge turnout along the Tioga Road (approximately seven miles east of Crane Flat) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The second site visit will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center parking lot.
Visitors wishing to attend the site visit are urged to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water, lunch and/or snacks, and wear appropriate attire in preparation for colder weather.
The Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project will be released for public review in spring of 2011.
For more information about this project please visit: www.nps.gov/parkmgmt/tioga_rehab.htm.