The Merced River in winter, shown flowing by the iconic El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Photo by Christine White Loberg/NPS

Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan Draft Outstandingly Remarkable Values

Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) are defined by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act as the unique characteristics that make a river worthy of special protection. The NPS began the process of determining the Merced's ORVs in winter, 2010. Recognizing that resource conditions and planning contexts may have changed since the Merced's Wild and Scenic designation, the agency began the ORV development process anew, using the ORVs developed for the Merced in its previous river plans (2000 and 2005) as important background material. The agency also referred to the draft ORVs that it had prepared in 2008 along with evaluation criteria that the U.S. Forest Service prepared for the Merced in 1986. Most importantly, the agency used the most current available resource and monitoring information
in determining the Merced's ORVs.

Accurately and adequately expressing a river's ORVs provides a foundation for planning, management, and monitoring activities within a Wild and Scenic River corridor. This report contains the draft ORVs for the portion of the Merced Wild & Scenic Rivers within Yosemite National Park.
 
Comment Period: Closed        06/14/2010 - 07/31/2010
Document Content:
Wawona - June 18,2010Wawona - June 18,2010   (71.2 KB, PDF file)
San Ramon - June 28, 2010San Ramon - June 28, 2010   (68.0 KB, PDF file)
Fresno - June 29, 2010Fresno - June 29, 2010   (74.1 KB, PDF file)
Oakhurst - June 30, 2010Oakhurst - June 30, 2010   (71.0 KB, PDF file)
Yosemite Valley - June 30, 2010Yosemite Valley - June 30, 2010   (69.3 KB, PDF file)
Groveland - July 1, 2010Groveland - July 1, 2010   (61.4 KB, PDF file)
El Portal - July 13, 2010El Portal - July 13, 2010   (55.8 KB, PDF file)
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