Half Dome plan to be released soon

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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My bunions are aching – a sure sign that the Half Dome Stewardship Plan Environmental  Assessment will be released real soon. Before the end of September is my guess. This is the culmination of 2 years of study by the Planning Division to address the Half Dome trail and cables. Please sign up to get the planning  e-newsletter and you will get the EA as soon as it is released and not depend on me or others to read it. Send an email request to yose_planning@nps.gov with your email address to receive the park’s periodic electronic newsletter.  I keep harping this – it is VERY important if you want to keep going up the cables. Yes, they may get taken down. May. We shall have to wait to see what the NPS’s preferred alternative/proposed action will be.  Among the other options, this preferred one will best meet the objectives of the plan within the legal obligations of the NPS.

Our comments (less than 100 submitted) during the initial project Comment Period helped define the alternatives. Once the EA is out we can comment  to identify issues or concerns regarding the impact analysis and the selection of the preferred alternative.

This is the tone of the comments they will be soliciting:

* Discuss a particular plan element or alternative

* Identify incomplete or incorrect information

* Offer reasons why a particular alternative or plan element would or would not work

* Offer a reasonable, new plan element or completely new alternative that could help accomplish the stated goals

* Point out discrepancies between legal mandates and proposals

* Highlight deficiencies in the analysis of environmental consequences

* Provide information on how you use the park and how particular proposals in the planning document would affect that use.

Just like serving on jury duty and voting, this  is our civic duty to participate in this landmark decision-making process. We are going to be “stuck” with it for a long time. Participate – don’t spectate.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” – John Muir 

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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5 Responses to Half Dome plan to be released soon

  1. Echo says:

    You can also “friend” Yosemite National Park on facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the notices for public involvement opportunities on all park plans and projects. The park appreciates all your help in our shared effort to protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage in Yosemite.

  2. Maureen Lahiff says:

    here’s where you’ll be able to type in or paste in comments on the web
    when the Half Dome document is open for comment:


    the parkID=347 takes you specifically to Yosemite.

    (the one you’ll see open now is for the Mariposa Grove.)

    also note the caveat:

    Before including your address, telephone number, electronic mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment (including your personal identifying information) may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review by checking the box “keep my contact information private,” we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

  3. Kathy says:

    Couldn’t get your link to the e newsletter on planning to work. Is it my ‘puter or your link?

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