Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan
In 1987 the U.S. Congress designated the Merced a Wild and Scenic River to protect its free-flowing condition and its unique values for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations (16 USC 1271). A total of 81 miles of the main stem and South Fork of the Merced River, including the forks of Red Peak, Merced Peak, Triple Peak, and Lyell, are managed by the National Park Service (NPS). This designation requires the managing agencies to prepare a comprehensive management plan for the river and its immediate environment. That plan will incorporate the following elements:
(1) River corridor boundaries and segment classifications
(2) Outstandingly remarkable values (ORVs) of the Merced River
(3) Actions necessary to protect river water quality, free-flowing condition, and ORVs
(4) A user-capacity program
(5) Analysis of facilities and services and their effects on river values
(6) Analysis of facilities and services necessary for public use or for protection of river values
(7) Amendments to the 1980 General Management Plan for Yosemite National Park, as amended by the 1992 Concessions Services Plan
In preparing the final plan, the NPS will employ a robust, transparent, and frequent public involvement strategy so that public ideas and input are incorporated as much as possible; will utilize the expertise of recognized user capacity experts; and will work cooperatively with other local, state, federal, and tribal agencies to protect river values.
Additional information about the Merced River Plan/DEIS and opportunities for public involvement is posted on the Yosemite website at http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm or click the links tab at left.
You can contact Yosemite National Park's Planning Division to request a document or to join the park's email list by calling 209/379-1365 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For general inquiries, call 209/379-1110.