Comments Needed by 4/18 on the Future of the Valley and C4!


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Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 13, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
We all love Yosemite National Park; we know its cliffs, nooks, and crannies more intimately than other group, and we spend a lot of time discussing it here. Let’s take some action for the future of the Park instead of just talking about it.

Comments are due on the proposed Merced River Plan by April 18. This plan will govern a lot of major changes in the valley related to conservation, camping, and parking. There are a lot of details involved; we can argue all day about them, and there is an existing thread where the plan can be debated. I do not want to debate it here.

The purpose here is to generate comments and opinions from climbers. We need to demonstrate that we are an important constituency and that our voices will be heard when decisions are made concerning the valley.

The Access Fund has spent a lot of time studying the issues and has its recommendations set out in the form of a letter, a letter that takes less than five minutes to complete. I urge everyone to fill it out and email it in. The more comments received from climbers, the more clout the Access Fund and its constituency—climbers— will have in the process.

Here’s the challenge. We need at least 100 comments from ST by April 18. So, send in the comment and then post a reply here confirming you did so.

If you disagree with the Access Fund’s approach, write your own letter in the space provided and that still counts toward the 100.

I just did mine, it took me all of three minutes, so that’s 1.

Trad climber
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apr 13, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Done, thx Rick

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 13, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
Hey Rick!
Going climbing now.

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 13, 2013 - 02:04pm PT

San Juan Bautista, CA
Apr 13, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
Thanks Rick. I had seen the plan but the Access Fund reminded me of specifics.

Credit: DM88T
Upper Pines April 1, 2011
I should know better but in 1-1/2 feet of snow I couldn't see the drainage path. I shoveled off the tent platform so the sun could begin to dry it while we spent the day elsewhere. That night it warmed up and and it became apparent that it was the low point in the neighborhood. It's nothing to me to adjust to the unexpected but my daughter didn't quite share my spirit. I've seen worse in Camp 4, so I try to get a site on the hill side.
Captain...or Skully

Apr 13, 2013 - 03:18pm PT
On it...Hey, nice April Fools mini flood!

Somewhere out there
Apr 13, 2013 - 04:03pm PT
I have taken action.

Thank you rick for bring this to our attention

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Apr 13, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 13, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
The Access Fund's statement about the plan and the need for comments:

We need your help to define the future of Yosemite Valley.

The National Park Service has released its latest draft of the Merced River Plan, which affects many aspects of Yosemite Valley that are important to climbers—especially camping.

While this particular plan does not include new rules regarding specific climbing activities, it will affect everything else climbers do in the Valley, including: camping, transportation/parking, access to amenities, and possibly the ability to enter the Valley during peak visitation. This plan will permanently change how Yosemite looks to both the casual and longtime visitor.

Overall, the draft plan will improve the experience of climbers visiting the Valley; however the Access Fund believes that the Park’s preferred alternative could be improved in a few key areas. Please click through to learn more.

Please submit comments to the NPS to help define the future of the Yosemite experience. Comments are due by Thursday April 18th.


Your Friends at the Access Fund

Thanks to those who have responded! It's a start, but we need a lot more, so tell a friend about this thread and how easy it is to make a difference for the future of Yosemite. Send a private message out to those you know on ST. Sort of like multi-level marketing, but for a good cause.

Boulder climber
Apr 13, 2013 - 05:46pm PT

Big Wall climber
Grass Valley, CA
Apr 13, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
DONE! Gonna be on the Zod next week...fricken love YNP!
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 13, 2013 - 09:26pm PT
One thousand times more posts on the What Song Are You Listening To? thread.
We can do better.

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 13, 2013 - 09:31pm PT

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 13, 2013 - 09:44pm PT

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Apr 13, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
done, in particular, I called for something new...

Create a limited “bivy” opportunity for weekenders who only need a place to park their smaller vehicles and sleep in them. This improves safety in the river corridor because it doesn’t force campers to drive out of the valley when fatigued after a day of recreation. Bears do not bother vehicles with people in them, if proper food storage is otherwise available and left locked away from that same vehicle.

Trad climber
Nevada City
Apr 13, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 13, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
Done, thanks Rick.

Trad climber
Apr 13, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Done. Thanks for making us aware of this, Rick.

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Apr 13, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
And, done.
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2013 - 12:42am PT
Well Done!
Keep it going.
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