Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Want free admission to the park on July 27? Just attend the Open House from 1 to 4 pm in the Valley Visitor Center. Apparently, it’s honor system when you enter the gate. The topics covered will be: the Half Dome Permit System, the Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan, the Ansel Adams Gallery, and Fire Management. That should keep you busy. I’m not too hopeful of any more beef on the Half Dome Plan. The will announce the public comment period for the Alternatives they are proposing soon – probably in August. It all has to be signed off by November, according to plan.
Thre are a ton of Projects the park is working on and you could spend a lot of time reading them. Another one that is out is the Scenic Vista Management Plan. The Environmental Assessment was released this month and you can read it <HERE>. Get a big drink and some cookies, because it’s 297 pages.
The point of this one is that the scenic views of the 1800’s have gone away due to the lack of fire suppression, intrusion of conifers and lack of trimming. There are 5 alternatives proposed and I’ll leave the reading to you. We may have buzz saws humming before too long. Topping the sites that may get obstructions removed are: Washburn Point, Valley View, Olmsted Point, Tunnel View, East end of El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall view, Hanging Valley interpretive sign, Stoneman Meadow, Sentinel Bridge, Bridalveil Fall View, Big Oak Flat, Glacier Point, Pothole Dome, Clark Range view, Wosky Pond, Clouds Rest view, Church Bowl, Hutchings View and Stoneman. But the list goes on with about 200 total candidate sites.
I talked at length today to Paul Rogers, the San Jose Mercury Environmental reporter who is doing a story on this for publication this weekend. The Valley and park are NOT was they were when it was made a National Park. The scenic vistas have become obstructed and this comprehensive plan goes way beyond random pruning. You might recall the two huge trees that ruined every Tunnel View shot? Gonzo a couple years ago. I’m OK with it. It’s time for the park to get a haircut. And you?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, But the fruit of the lemon is impossible to eat.” – Trini Lopez
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com