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Climbers: Weigh in on Yosemite’s Future

Posted on: June 18th, 2010 by Erik Lambert

Yosemite Valley

The Yosemite Valley. Image courtesy of Accessfund.org

Below is an important message from Linda McMillan, committee chair for the AAC’s Yosemite Committee as well as a representative for the AAC on the UIAA’s Protection Commission.

AAC Members,

In February, we helped submit comments during the scoping period for Yosemite’s Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan. There will be a series of public presentations on the Draft 2010 ORV (Outstanding and Remarkable Values) Report for the Merced Wild and Scenic River from the Yosemite Planning team at several locations and dates. At these events we will be able to discuss issues on this Draft ORV Report with Yosemite subject matter experts and user capacity experts. Our perspective is that climbing is an important and historic ORV in the Merced River corridor, and so deserves protection in future plans for the Merced River. Climbers need to let the Park planners know their opinions on this, and to tell them how climbing access should be preserved in the river corridor.

Based on the scoping period, climbing in the park is in a good position, as an update from the Access Fund (who has been heavily involved in the project) indicates: “The park recently announced in its “Outstanding Remarkable Value” report that it recognizes the recreational significance of Yosemite Valley, and specifically acknowledges climbing as an active pursuit that draws people from around the world. This is important because climbing as an activity is now more likely to be “protected and enhanced” rather than restricted” (Jason Smith, Accessfund.org).

Even with this piece of encouraging news, we (as the climbing community) need to attend these meetings and offer input wherever we can. If you’re nearby, check the schedule and plan to be there.

You can download this ORV Draft Report from this link: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm

Here is the schedule from the Yosemite National Park site: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp_meetings.htm

Most of these presentations are in the Yosemite region, but here is the info on the only BAY AREA location of these workshops:

June 28th, 5-8pm, San Ramon City Council Chamber
2228 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA (925) 973-2500

- Linda McMillan

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