Yosemite’s Merced River Plan is a Big Meatball to Eat

The MRP is ginormous. 2500 pages. if you started reading it when i rolled out a month ago, you would still be reading after skipping sleep. Whew.

Yosemite's Merced River Plan

Yosemite’s Merced River Plan

Blog Reader Maureen L. contributed a few good comments.  If everyone can skim the Summary at least, we can whittle it down a bit. Regrding the Wawona section:

1. Under preferred alternative (#2), parking is at south entrance, free shuttle to grove, no tram tours.
2. I think it’s the end of tram tours that gets everyone’s attention.
3. Alternative #4 also moves parking to south entrance, keeps some tram tours.
4. Both alternatives expand parking spaces to cover both lot in grove and overflow lot at Wawona.

Thanks Maureen!!

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. ” – Theodore Roosevelt

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6 Responses to Yosemite’s Merced River Plan is a Big Meatball to Eat

  1. Maureen L says:

    So, it took approximately forever to get the Half Dome plan.

    Fri/Sat/Sun permits 2010, the crazy log on at 7 am on the first of the month for a few months out in 2011, lottery for 2012. Finally signed off on dec 19, 2012.

    Now, all at once, we have the trifecta of 3 major plans open: Tuolumne River, Merced River, and the latest, the Mariposa Grove Restoration.

    Even if you don’t take great delight in every aspect of the Park, the Mariposa Grove plan will affect you if you come yp route 49 and use the South Entrance.

    The South Entrance will probably get moved, and there will be a > 200 car parking lot there for the Mariposa Grove.

    • What I dont get is WHY do we need a Gof Course in the park? That could be converted to a huge parking lot or camping.

      • Maureen L says:

        The golf course is a relic of a different era of the Parks.

        We have it for the same reason we used to have an airport there, we used to have a dance hall near Curry Village, why we have the Ahwahnee Hotel.

        Mather wanted to get the rich and powerful to the Park to stay and play and become Park supporters and advocates.

        Col. John R. White of Sequoia he was not. (Thanks to White, there is no trans-Sierra road through Sequoia-Kings Canyon.)

        I think White would like the plan to restore the wetlands and remove roads in the Mariposa Grove that compact the soil and restrict the water flow. He recognized these sorts of problems in the Giant Forest 90 years ago.

        • 1927 was a long time ago – the Park gets most of its money from the Yosemite Conservancy. DNC pockets the Ahwahnee revenue. Nope – I can’t see why a golf course. There are many just outside the park. People should be hiking the trails not hiking the links. IMO

          • JACK COBBS says:

            I AM THE GRANDSON OF COL WHITE, THE SEQUOIA AND KIINGS CANYON PARKS SUPERINTENDANT FOR THIRTY YEARS, I STAYED WITH HIM FOR MONTHS IN THE FORTIES AND LATER THE SIXTIES. HIS VIEWS AS AN AGRESSIVE ENVIROMENTALIST HAVE SHAPED MY ATTITUDES TOWARD THE CALIFORNIA PARKS AND PROTECTION OF ALL NATURE. I REMEMBER WELL HIS OPPOSITION TO BUILDING PROJECTS, AND PARTICULARLY HIS FAILED CAMPAIGN TO KEEP THE AHWAHNEE HOTEL OUT OF YOSEMITE.

            COL. WHITE’S ATTITUDES ABOUT CULTIVATING POWER AND MONEY FOR THE GOOD OF THE PARKS WAS SOMETIMES AMBIVALENT. I FOUND A FEW MONTHS AGO AMONG SOME OF HIS LETTERS (THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON DID NOT GET THEM ALL!) A THANK YOU NOTE FROM HIS OLD FRIEND GENERAL PERSHING WHO HE LED ON A PACK TRIP INTO THE SIERRA. LIKE HIS HERO TEDDY ROOSEVELT, COL WHITE WAS A “WILDERNESS WARRRIOR WITH FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES.PERSHING WROTE OF HIM, “IF HE HAD BEEN BORN IN AMERICA, HE WOULD HAVE THREE STRIPES ON HIS SHOULDERS.

            INCIDENTALLY, I HAVE THOUGHT FOR YEARS OF WRITING A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF HIM, OR PERHAPS MORE. I AM ALWAYS INTERESTED IN MATERIAL ABOUT HIM AND HIS REMARKABLE CAREER BEFORE AND AFTER HE WENT TO CALIFORNIA

          • Jack,

            Good stuff. Why not write me a 150 word guest blog on this. But please, NO CAPS. :>)

            Rick

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