A plan that would protect Yosemite National Park's scenic vistas is up for public review.
Yosemite officials announced Wednesday the release of the environmental assessment for the Scenic Vista Management Plan. Public comments will be taken from Aug. 9, to Sept. 17. Comments may be submitted
The plan will create a system to protect and restore scenic areas deemed "important" by park management. It will replace the current case-by-case approach used since the 1850s. The strategy has resulted in the loss of several famous scenic viewpoints, park officials said in a press release, pointing out that two-thirds of the meadows in Yosemite Valley have been lost to "unnatural" encroachment by conifer trees.
The new plan describes five alternative approaches and outlines which methods of vegetation clearing are appropriate. The plan can be downloaded at http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/vista.htm. To learn more about scenic vistas, visit
Comments about the environmental assessment may be sent by mail to Scenic Vista Management Plan Environmental Assessment, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389; by e-mail to Yose_Planning@nps.gov; or by fax at (209) 379-1294. Comments will be accepted from Aug. 9 to Sept. 17.