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Public Meetings & Webinars For Merced & Tuolumne River Plans

YOSEMITE – On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Yosemite National Park released two Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plans and Environmental Impact Statements for the Merced River (MRP) and the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment.

The public comment period for the TRP is open through Monday, Mar. 18, The public comment period for the MRP is open through Thursday, Apr. 18. Both documents, in their entirety, are available for public review on the park’s website.A series of webinars and public meetings have been scheduled. Webinars are geared towards specific topics of each draft plan and are an opportunity for the public to prepare for public meetings. They will provide a brief overview of key topics, followed by an interactive question and answer session.

To participate in one of the webinars, please visit http://yose.webex.com. Each webinar will be recorded and available for download from this same website afterward.

In addition to webinars, public meetings have also been scheduled. Public meetings are an opportunity for the public to learn more information about each plan, interact with park staff, and provide feedback. The meetings will consist of a short presentation about the plan, a question and answer session with park managers and planners, and an open house with background materials about the plan.

The schedule of webinars and meetings for the MRP:

Webinars:

Tuesday, Feb. 5
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
http://yose.webex.com
Preferred Alternative

Thursday, Feb. 7
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
http://yose.webex.com
River Value Protection and Enhancement

Thursday, Feb. 14
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
http://yose.webex.com
User Capacity and Visitation

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
http://yose.webex.com
Socioeconomics

Public Meetings:

Wednesday, Feb. 27
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Visitor Center Auditorium
Yosemite Valley, CA

Wednesday, Feb. 27
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)
Yosemite Valley, CA

Wednesday, Mar. 6
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Clark Community Hall
El Portal, CA

Thursday, Mar. 7
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Board of Supervisors Chambers
Mariposa, CA

Thursday, Mar. 14
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Senior Center
Oakhurst, CA

Friday, Mar. 15
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Community Center
Wawona, CA

Wednesday, Mar. 20
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Public Library
Groveland, CA

Thursday, Mar. 21
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fort Mason, San Francisco Room C370
San Francisco, CA

**Tuesday, Mar. 26
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location To Be Determined
Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, Mar. 27
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)
Yosemite Valley, CA

The schedule of webinars and meetings for the TRP:

Webinars:

Thursday, Jan. 24
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
http://yose.webex.com
Preferred Alternative

Thursday, Jan. 31
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
http://yose.webex.com
River Value Protection and Enhancement; and User Capacity

Public Meetings:

Wednesday, Jan. 30
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)
Yosemite Valley, CA

Tuesday, Feb. 19
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fort Mason, San Francisco Room C370
San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, Feb. 20
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Community Center
Groveland, CA

Thursday, Feb. 21
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cliff Room, Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite Valley, CA

Saturday, Feb. 23
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Council Chambers, Suite Z, Minaret Shopping Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Wednesday, Feb. 27
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 http://yose.webex.com.

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

For a copy of the plans and a complete description of all alternatives, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm (MRP) or http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/trp.htm (TRP) Comments on either DEIS can be made at the public meetings or through the Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yose_deis. Comments made through the PEPC website are the preferred method of submission. Comments can also be sent via email to yose_planning@nps.gov, via fax to 209-379-1294, or via U.S. mail to:

Superintendent

Yosemite National Park

Attn: Merced River Plan or Attn: Tuolumne River Plan

P.O. Box 577

Yosemite, CA 95389

To learn more about how Yosemite inspires generations of visitors, please see our video entitled “The Yosemite Inspiration” at www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/planning.htm.

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