Wilderness Stewardship Plan - Documents

Preliminary Ideas and Concepts - Comment Period Over (9/30/16)
Lyell Canyon
Lyell Canyon

The National Park Service (NPS) strives to provide access to planning materials and associated scientific research, as well as public comments received throughout the planning process.

Documents will be added here as they are developed and become available so you can track the plan's developments from the beginning of the process.

General Information

Map showing Yosemite Wilderness [2.47 MB PDF]

The Wilderness Act of 1964 [79 kb PDF]

Summer 2017 Update

The Wilderness Stewardship Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/EIS) was initiated in the fall of 2015. We conducted external/public scoping from November 2015 to January 2016. This was followed by a comment period to review our preliminary concepts and ideas, to gain input on addressing the following complex issues in the Yosemite Wilderness: Visitor Use and Capacity, and Stock Use.

On behalf of Yosemite National Park, the wilderness planning team wishes to express our gratitude for the extensive public involvement we have received during the initial phases of developing the park's Wilderness Stewardship Plan. We are now turning our attention to additional research, data collection and analysis to refine management alternatives before releasing additional materials for public comment. Extending the analytical phase of the project has delayed the release of the draft EIS for public comment and the record of decision beyond the projected completion date. As we get closer to the next round of public involvement, we will alert you to upcoming opportunities to re-engage with this important effort.



Date Title Format Size
Science Forum
October 2016 Science Forum Agenda PDF 426 kb
November 2016 Visitor Use Impacts Monitoring Program (Presentation) PDF 2.6 MB
November 2016 Day Visitor Use in Wilderness: Survey Results (Presentation) PDF 1.1 MB
November 2016 Archeological Survey in Wilderness (Presentation) PDF 7.3 MB
November 2016 Keeping Wildlife Wild in the Wilderness (Presentation) PDF 600 kb
November 2016 Protecting Threatened and Endangered Wildlife in Wilderness (Presentation) PDF 8.6 MB
November 2016 Wilderness Water Quality (Presentation) PDF 7.4 MB
November 2016 Pack Stock Behavior [study in progress] (Presentation) PDF 3.1 MB
November 2016 Grazing Capacities (Presentation) PDF 3.3 MB
November 2016 Meadow Opening Dates (Presentation) PDF 8.4 MB
November 2016 Pack Stock Framework: Science-based Monitoring of Pack Stock Use in Yosemite Wilderness (Presentation) PDF 7.3 MB
Preliminary Ideas and Concepts
August 2016 How to Stay Involved (Factsheet) PDF 1 MB
August 2016 Overview of Plan to Date (Factsheet) PDF 685 kb
August 2016 Preliminary Concepts & Ideas: Stock Use (Newsletter) PDF 1.7 MB
August 2016 Preliminary Concepts & Ideas: Visitor Use (Newsletter) PDF 1.43 MB
Public Scoping
May 2016 Public Scoping Report PDF 1.36 MB
January 2016 Public Scoping Overview (Factsheet) PDF 771 kb
December 2015 Stock Use in Wilderness (Factsheet) PDF 113 kb
December 2015 Trails in Wilderness (Factsheet) PDF 492 kb
December 2015 Visitor Use in Wilderness (Factsheet) PDF 101 kb
December 2015 Commercial Services in Wilderness (Factsheet) PDF 80 kb


Public Meetings and Webinars

Date Time Location
Science Forum
November 2, 2016 (Wednesday) 9:30 am - 4 pm

Yosemite Valley: Yosemite Valley Lodge, Garden Terrace

Webinar Recording *Please note that due to a couple technical glitches, the first 9 minutes were not captured and there is some static throughout the recording.

Preliminary Ideas and Concepts
August 9, 2016 (Tuesday) 12 pm - 1 pm Webinar Recording
August 10, 2016 (Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Groveland: Groveland Community Hall
18720 Highway 120
Groveland, California
August 11, 2016 (Thursday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Lee Vining: Lee Vining Community Center
296 Mattly Avenue
Lee Vining, California
August 15, 2016 (Monday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm San Francisco: Fort Mason, Room C210, Bldg. C
2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, California
August 18, 2016 (Thursday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Oakhurst: Oakhurst Branch Library
49044 Civic Circle
Oakhurst, California
August 22, 2016 (Monday) 6 pm - 7:30 pm Webinar Recording
Public Scoping
December 8, 2015 (Tuesday) 6 pm - 8 pm San Francisco/Berkeley: REI
REI - 1338 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA
December 16, 2015 (Wednesday) 12 pm - 1 pm Webinar Recording
January 6, 2016 (Wednesday) 12 pm - 1 pm Webinar Recording
January 12, 2016 (Tuesday) 6 pm - 7 pm Webinar Recording
January 20, 2016 (Wednesday) 12 pm - 2 pm Yosemite Valley: Visitor Center Auditorium

Last updated: October 10, 2018

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