In an interesting article today, writer Norimitsu Onishi, summarized the latest activity surrounding the Merced River Plan. I have commented ‘til I’m blue in the face on this. Hit the category “Park Planning” on this blog to get tied in. The essence is that after the Park’s 1997 100-year flood, many sites were destroyed. Something like 400 campsites and others lost. The park was in the process of getting ready to rebuild when a lawsuit stopped any new construction. The park lost and appealed twice – and lost.
Since then, only critical road and sewer work was permitting during the 3-year time frame they were given to come up with a new plan. That’s the quick history. Last week, the NPS went to congress where they were beaten up pretty bad. Congressional representative of the greater Yosemite area, Rep. Tom McClintock, said at the hearing: “.. removing commercial facilities was meant to satisfy “the most radical and nihilistic fringe of the environmental left.” Really, Tom?
In the story, you can read the position of the Friends of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposans for the Environment and Responsible Government (they were the plaintiffs). Wendy Brown, a leader of Yosemite for Everyone, made a rather off the wall comment: “We need to undesignate it [as a Wild and Scenic River] and leave that section of the river alone. That would solve a lot of problems.” Yikes, when will the damming begin south of El Portal?? Let’s remove Half Dome from the Wilderness first.
Yosemite got an extension to review the 30,000 comments submitted. It will be a long Christmas for those planners. Opine here with your thoughts…or not.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com