Merced River Plan Implementation: Ahwahnee Meadow Ecological Restoration Project - Phase I
The Ahwahnee Meadow Ecological Restoration Project (Phase I) project will restore the Ahwahnee Meadow to natural meadow conditions and enhance its condition as a contributing site in the Yosemite Valley Historic District nomination. The project will remove an abandoned road on the east edge of the meadow that currently functions as an informal trail, replace the informal trail in the adjacent forested area, remove imported fill from the southwest corner to restore meadow habitat, fill drainage ditches to restore natural hydrologic patterns, and remove encroaching conifers from the meadow.
The National Park Service (NPS) completed NEPA compliance for this project as part of the Merced Wild and Scenic Comprehensive Management Plan EIS process. The NPS selected this project for implementation in the 2014 Record of Decision for the Merced River Plan/EIS (MRP). This project must adhere to mitigation and stipulations in the Final EIS/Record of Decision, the MRP programmatic agreement, and permit requirements.