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Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meetings and Webinars
for the Draft Merced River Plan and Draft Tuolumne River Plan
Meetings and Webinars Designed to Provide Information and Elicit Feedback from Public on Two Very Important Planning Efforts


On Tuesday, January 8, 2013 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, March 18, 2013.  The public comment period for the MRP is open through Thursday, April 18, 2013.  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 TRP:


Webinars:


Date

Time

Location

Topic

Thursday,
Jan. 24, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

http://yose.webex.com

Preferred Alternative

Thursday,
Jan. 31, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

http://yose.webex.com

River Value Protection and Enhancement; and User Capacity

 Public Meetings:


Date

Time

Location

Wednesday,
Jan. 30, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)
Yosemite Valley, CA

Tuesday,
Feb. 19, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fort Mason, San Francisco Room C370
San Francisco, CA

Wednesday,
Feb. 20, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Community Center
Groveland, CA

Thursday,
Feb. 21, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cliff Room, Yosemite Lodge
Yosemite Valley, CA

Saturday,
Feb. 23, 2013

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Council Chambers, Suite Z, Minaret Shopping Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Wednesday,
Feb. 27, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)
Yosemite Valley, CA

 The schedule of webinars and meetings for the MRP:
Webinars:


Date

Time

Location

Topic

Tuesday,
Feb. 5, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

http://yose.webex.com

Preferred Alternative

Thursday,
Feb. 7, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

http://yose.webex.com

River Value Protection and Enhancement

Thursday,
Feb. 14, 2013

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:


Date

Time

Location

*Wednesday,
Feb. 27, 2013

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Visitor Center Auditorium
Yosemite Valley, CA

Wednesday,
Feb. 27, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)
Yosemite Valley, CA

Wednesday,
March 6, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Clark Community Hall
El Portal, CA

Thursday,
March 7, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Board of Supervisors Chambers
Mariposa, CA

Thursday,
March 14, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Senior Center
Oakhurst, CA

Friday,
March 15, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Community Center
Wawona, CA

Wednesday,
March 20, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Public Library
Groveland, CA

Thursday,
March 21, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fort Mason, San Francisco Room C370
San Francisco, CA

**Tuesday,
March 26, 2013

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location To Be Determined
Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday,
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 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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