Visitor Use and Impact Monitoring Program
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The Utility of Impact Monitoring - An Example
Merced Lake East Meadow (MLEM) is tucked into the mountains southeast of Yosemite Valley. Due to the meadow’s proximity to The Merced Lake Ranger Station (located a quarter mile to the west) and the presence of the Merced Lake High Sierra Camp, the meadow receives high level of traffic from people and pack stock. Established in 1916, the Merced Lake High Sierra Camp has historically utilized the meadow for pack stock grazing. As early as 1948 and again in the 1960s impacts from grazing and trampling were noted in the meadow.