Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 25, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Interesting interview from 7/22/13
Plan will not be released till the end of the year. She is still talking about boardwalks in El Cap Meadow, meaning a fence and no access.
Merced River Plan As the National Park Service becomes more environmentally concerned, incentives to protect the Merced River may strip annual tourists of the option to bike, horse-back ride or ice skate near its banks. Kathleen Morse, Director of Planning at Yosemite will kick off the conversation by telling us about the status of the proposed plan and its expected outcomes.
Listen to Merced River Plan
July 26, 2013 Merced River Plan – Judge grants extension to December 31, 2013
Yosemite National Park was under a court-approved settlement agreement deadline to publish a Record of Decision (ROD) for a new Merced River Wild and Scenic River Plan by the end July 2013. Because of the extensive public comments received on the Draft Merced River Plan / EIS, the US District Court granted a schedule extension to publish a ROD by December 31, 2013. The extension grants the NPS more time to respond to comments and incorporate feedback into a final plan and ROD.
The park received almost 30,000 comments for the Draft Merced River Plan/EIS. Public comments and concerns have been and continue to be an important part of this planning process. Over the course of the entire planning period, the NPS conducted 66 public meetings and webinars to encourage public participation in developing the draft plan. The park will host a public meeting to address the changes between the draft and final plan later this fall. Thank you for your continued participation in this important process.