Yosemite Valley/Merced Update

Date: 12/14/2009

For several years Yosemite National Park has been working on a plan to address human capacity concerns in the park to prevent negative impacts to the Merced River habitat. The plan is likely to include a quota system that could unfairly target climbers and/or climbing areas that have limited to no impact on the river corridor habitat. The Access Fund is working with our partners to influence the planning process and advocate for management policies that protect the unique values associated with the Merced Wild and Scenic River, while allowing for responsible climbing and camping opportunities. There will be an opportunity for the public to review and comment on details of the plan. Stay tuned to Access Fund E-news for the opportunity to make your voice heard.

For more detail on the Access Fund’s history on the Merced River Plan, see our news item and comments to the last draft plan. More information on the current planning process can be found on the National Park Service website.