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Yosemite, CA — You can let your voice be heard either in person or on the web.  Yosemite National Park has announced public meetings and webinars for the draft of the Merced and Tuolumne River Plans. The meetings and webinars are designed to provide information and get feedback from the public on the plans.

Yosemite Chief of Planning Kathleen Morse says, “What’s nice about the webinars is that it allows you to log on in your own home. Generally, what we do is a presentation and as that is going on people can type in their questions. Then at the end of the webinar we gather up all those questions and start fielding them so everyone can hear the answers. We can also type back quick answers or clarifications to people as the webinar is going on.”

The schedule of webinars and meetings for the Tuolumne River Plan:


Jan. 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jan. 31, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

River Value Protection and Enhancement; and User Capacity Public Meetings:

Jan. 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium (Open House)

In Yosemite Valley on Feb. 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fort Mason, San Francisco Room C370 in San Francisco.

To participate in a webinars, visit Park Officials say each webinar will be recorded and available for download from this same website afterward.

Yosemite National Park released two Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plans on January 8th. They also released Environmental Impact Statements for the Merced River (MRP) and the Tuolumne River (TRP) for public review and comment. The public comment period for the TRP is open through March 18th. The public comment period for the MRP is open through April 18th. Both documents are available for public review on the park’s website.

Click here for more meeting and webinar information.