Pack Stock Use and Meadow Monitoring Framework and Yearly Report
The scope of this framework report is overnight wilderness pack stock use (i.e., horses and mules) from NPS trails and extending to camp site access routes, stock holding areas, and forage areas for grazing. This report does not address on-trail use, day use (such as supply trips for the High Sierra Camps), or use by llamas or other pack animals. This report: 1) incorporates existing policies and guidance for stock use types in Yosemite; 2) summarizes past stock use patterns, and; 3) recommends management objectives, tools and a monitoring strategy to augment current guidance to achieve the mission of the park. A suite of best management practices are recommended to determine where (site suitability), when (meadow opening dates), how (handling practices), and how much (site grazing capacity) use at a given site might occur, while avoiding, reducing, or mitigating the occurrence of unacceptable impacts.
The 2018 Pack Stock Use and Meadow Monitoring Summary Report is also provided below. This report summarizes the 2018 pack stock use season in Yosemite Wilderness, in terms of reported use numbers, monitoring efforts related to meadow opening dates and residual biomass, and related management information or changes.
The park welcomes comments, feedback, and additional data to inform pack stock use and meadow management in Yosemite Wilderness.
05/09/2019 - 10/31/2019