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Yosemite Valley Improvement Plan Adopted

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael J. Tollefson announced the signing of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Curry Village and East Yosemite Valley Campground Improvements Project this week.

This document records the decision of the National Park Service to adopt a plan for the improvements of the Curry Village and East Yosemite Valley Campgrounds.

This project will implement the Yosemite Valley Plan actions specified for the Curry Village and East Yosemite Valley Campgrounds area, including Curry Village, Stoneman Meadow, Upper Pines Campground, Lower Pines Campground, and the area between Curry Village and Upper Pines Campground. This project is designed restore, protect and enhance the resources of this area, improve opportunities for high quality visitor experience, reduce traffic congestion, and enhance park operations to meet the mission of the National Park Service. This FONSI and related environmental assessment also serve the purpose of California Environmental Quality Act compliance documentation for this project. It includes revised wetland and floodplain findings.

Installation of a new registration building, removal of some of the tent cabins and construction of hard sided cabins, removal of the Curry Village Orchard, increasing the number of campsites, and constructing a centralized campground shower facility are among the actions to be implemented under this project.

The FONSI was signed on February 19, 2004 and released for public review on March 8. Work on this project should begin in summer 2004.

Please visit nps.gov/yose/planning to review this project and related documents. To request a printed copy, call (209)379-1365.