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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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