Yosemite’s Merced River Plan Funding and Schedule

The Merced River flowing over Vernal Fall with a Death Wisher nearby.

The March 4 blog generated some comments. My words came out wrong. I meant to say for the MRP, the Yosemite Conservancy YC) will be one source of the funds needed to execute the selected alternative. YNP gets about $29M a year from the Feds to run the park. They actually spend much more…like $80M. The Yosemite Conservancy is one of the sources of the additional funds. Bequeathments, donations, fund drives, etc. provide additional money. In 2011, YC provided the park about $9.3M. The current concessionaire, Delaware North Company, gains revenue from managing much of the physical plant and services. Much of that gets back to the Park.

The Merced River Plan is expected to cost $235M over the 20 years for implementation. That will be funded by a combination of their portion of the concessioners revenue,  some from the federal highways administration, their Congressional funded budget and the largest contribution will be from the recreation fees or a percentage gate admission fees. Keep in mind that the current sequestration crisis will cut 5% ($1.4M).

The park has until July to have an acceptable plan that passes muster with the courts. This whole project is a result of the park losing 2 appeals years ago. Regardless of the alternative that is ultimately chosen, don’t expect the ice rink and bike rentals to stop August 1. It could take 2 decades for everything to be implemented.

Did you know that the Mariposa Grove is home to over 500 big trees and 5,000 seedlings? I hold my postion that the golf course there is overkill for a park and should be repurposed. I realize that it is not a large source of revenue for the concessioner, whose main contribution to their bottom line is from the lodging operations they manage across the whole Park.

And now you know.

Bulletin – I will be speaking at REI Berkeley, CA Tomorrow, March 7, at 7 pm. Be there or be square.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” Bill Shakespeare

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2 Responses to Yosemite’s Merced River Plan Funding and Schedule

  1. Maureen L says:

    It’s the Mariposa Grove near Wawona that is 500 trees; the Merced Grove off the Big Oak Flat Road and the Tuolumne Grove off the Tioga Road are much smaller.

    It’s the Mariposa Grove that folks like Jessie Benton Fremont and Galen Clark worked to have preserved. This grove and Yosemite Valley were set aside and given to the State of California in the Yosemite Grant of 1864.

    Sesquecentennial celebration coming up in 2014!

    • I had what doctors call “A Brain Fart.” I had Merced on the mind. You are right. I’ll change it in the blog…and no one will know the difference. The Merced Grove has about 20 max. And it’s a putsy walk from 120. But the signage implies it’s a mega hike and should take 3 hours…It took me about 45 mins. There is a neat cabin down there…and you actually go on a portion of the Coulterville Road that won the race for the first road into the Valley.

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