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 - 2010 Public Scoping

On Sept. 29, 2009, the National Park Service and several plaintiffs signed a settlement agreement ending nine years of litigation regarding planning for the Merced Wild and Scenic River. The settlement provides that the NPS will complete a new Comprehensive Management Plan for the Merced River by late 2012.

The first step in developing such a plan is to invite the public to provide input on the scope, or extent of the plan. Through this process, the public helps to identify issues, current conditions, the range of alternatives, and mitigation measures. Direct quotes from substantive public scoping comments are incorporated into the draft documents.

The NPS is in the process of analyzing the thousands of scoping comments received on the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan since 1999. While these comments were collected under very different sets of circumstances, information provided is elemental to the current planning process. The scoping report of this comprehensive effort is expected to be completed and made available to the public later in 2010.
Comment Period: Closed        10/01/2009 - 02/04/2010
Document Content:
2010 Draft Scoping Report2010 Draft Scoping Report   (545.0 KB, PDF file)
2009-2010 Public Scoping Comment Card2009-2010 Public Scoping Comment Card   (1.3 MB, .doc file)
06-30-2009 Federal Register Notice06-30-2009 Federal Register Notice   (50.4 KB, PDF file)
08-25-2009 Federal Register Notice08-25-2009 Federal Register Notice   (54.9 KB, PDF file)
02-04-2010 Federal Register Notice02-04-2010 Federal Register Notice   (44.3 KB, PDF file)
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