“Last month, the National Park Service was granted a five-month extension of the Merced River Plan by a federal court. This is the third attempt to finalize the Merced River Plan for Yosemite National Park since the flood of 1997, which heavily damaged facilities and structures in Yosemite Valley.”
“The National Park Service released Wednesday its new stewardship plan for Death Valley National Park, the largest in the lower 48, to high praise from at least one environmental group. The plan was five years in the making.”
“The American River Parkway, a 23-mile gem of the region, spanning more than 4,000 acres surrounding a wild and scenic river, once was a model for parkways across the country. In the last decade, however, it has been threatened by budget cuts.”
The National Park Service’s proposed Merced River Plan was the forum topic with KQED Host Michael Krasny and these guests: Greg Adair, director of Friends of Yosemite Valley; Paul Rogers, environment reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and managing editor of KQED’s science and environment unit; Ron Sundergill, senior director of the pacific region at the National Parks Conservation Association, which supports the Merced River plan for Yosemite; Tom McClintock, representative of the 4th District of the U.S.
“A National Park Service plan to remake Yosemite National Park aims to restore meadows, reduce traffic congestion and scale back human activity. But it is igniting a fierce debate among environmentalists, campers and state officials about whether these lands are meant to be nature preserves, tourist destinations or both.
“A year ago community volunteers were trying to save Shasta State Historic Park. … But a year later, parks in the north state have expanded operating hours and are adding other programs for the public.”
“A giant energy project that would turn an abandoned open pit mine near Joshua Tree National Park into two hydroelectric storage reservoirs got a thumbs-up from California’s main water quality agency this week.”
“The Merced River, which runs through the heart of the mile-wide Yosemite Valley, is at the core of the planning process for the future: How to deal with recurring flood issues – remember the flood of winter 1996-97? How to deal with the potential of significant rock falls – remember the 2008 Glacier Point rock fall? How to preserve and restore wild and scenic features of the river.”