Yosemite National Park is holding five workshops this fall about its management plan for the Merced River.
The park contains 81 miles of the river, which was designated a "wild and scenic" river by Congress in 1987. Workshops will be used to identify and discuss issues associated with the river. A companion workbook will be issued in advance of the meetings to familiarize the public with significant components of the management plan.
The workshops are an opportunity for people to provide suggestions to the park about options and topics that should be included in alternative plan documents. Suggestions from the public will be included in the draft environmental impact statement for the Merced River plan.
Meetings will be held on the following dates:
- Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the El Portal Community Center in El Portal;
- Friday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Wawona Community Center in Wawona;
- Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Garden Terrace of Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley;
- Monday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Garden Terrace of Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley;
- Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. in The Palm Room at the San Francisco Film Centre in San Francisco.
People entering the park to attend a workshop will have the entrance fee waived. Participants should inform the park ranger at the entrance station that they are entering the park to attend the workshop.
For more information about the Merced River Plan, visit www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm.
- Posted by Brandon Bowers