Open House and Webinars for Tuolumne and Merced Wild and Scenic River Plans

Open House
Join us on Wednesday, January 30, in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium for the first open house of 2013. Doors will open at 1:00 pm. Project managers for the Tuolumne and Merced Wild and Scenic River Plans will present overviews of the planning framework and preferred alternatives of each draft plan. The Tuolumne River presentation will be at 1:30 pm and will be followed by a question and answer session. The Merced River presentation will begin at 2:30 pm, also followed by an opportunity to ask questions. Copies of the summary guides, fact sheets and CDs of the draft plans will also be available. Park entrance fees are waived for open house attendees.

Tuolumne River Plan Webinars
Join us on Thursday, January 31, at 1:00 pm for a half hour webinar on protecting and enhancing river values in the Tuolumne River corridor and a discussion of user capacity. Visit to register for the webinar.

Last week’s webinar on the draft plan’s Preferred Alternative is available in the recordings section of

Webinar tips
If you haven’t participated in a webinar recently, we recommend that you sign in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. This will allow time for program set up and any updates that may need to be installed.

Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Plan and EIS Webinars and Public Meetings
We are hosting several informational webinars in February to brief you on the plan’s key elements prior to the start of the public meetings scheduled in the park and in surrounding gateway communities. In addition, a focused socioeconomic workshop will be conducted to consider the social, financial, and economic impact of project alternatives within the draft plan. At this February 27, 2013, socioeconomic meeting, we will evaluate how the preferred alternative and other alternatives would affect park visitation, local tourism, hotel occupancy rates, transient occupancy tax generation and other issues that might affect the economic viability of local communities and park partnerships.

In order to communicate the essence of the Merced River Draft Plan, we will present four webinars each geared to a specific plan topic. These briefings include a 15-minute presentation followed by interactive question-and-answer sessions. Recorded webinars will be uploaded online.

Date Time Location Topic
Feb. 5, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Preferred Alternative
Feb. 7, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. River Value Protection and Enhancement
Feb. 14, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. User Capacity and Visitation
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Socioeconomics

Public Meetings
We have scheduled 10 public meetings in late February and March. These meetings will provide opportunities to learn more about the plan, ask questions of park staff, and provide comments on the plan.

Date Time Location
Feb. 27, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Visitor Center Auditorium
Yosemite Valley, CA
Feb. 27, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)
Yosemite Valley, CA
March 6, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Clark Community Hall
El Portal, CA
March 7, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Board of Supervisors Chambers
Mariposa, CA
March 14, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Senior Center
Oakhurst, CA
March 15, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Community Center
Wawona, CA
March 20, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Public Library
Groveland, CA
March 21, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fort Mason Center Room C370
San Francisco, CA
**Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Location To Be Determined
Los Angeles, CA
March 27, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)
Yosemite Valley, CA

*This workshop will specifically discuss Socioeconomics. The meeting will also be available via webinar at

**The location of the Los Angeles public meeting will be determined at a later date. Please visit parkmgmt/mrp_meetings.htm for the most up to date information.

For a copy of the plan and a complete description of all alternatives, please visit the park’s website at htm (MRP). We are accepting comments through April 18, 2013. Comments can be made at the public meetings or through the Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at Comments made through the PEPC website are the preferred method of submission. Comments can also be sent via to, via fax to 209/379-1294, or via U.S. mail to:

Yosemite National Park
Attn: Merced River Plan
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389

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