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Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Webinar and Open House scheduled for February

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avatar Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Webinar and Open House scheduled for February
January 26, 2012 06:05PM
The National Park Service has scheduled a webinar on Friday, February 10th, to discuss the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan. The stewardship plan will also be discussed at the Yosemite National Park's next regularly scheduled Open House on Wednesday, February 29th. Both events are scheduled to start at 1:00 PM.


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National Park Service (NPS)

January 26, 2012

Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Webinar and Open House

We invite you to join us on February 10, 2012 at 1 pm PST for a webinar or February 29, 2012 at 1 pm PST for our regularly scheduled open house. Both the webinar and the open house will feature a presentation on The Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Environmental Assessment. There will also be opportunities to ask our Wilderness Manager and project managers questions about the plan and the 2012 interim permit system.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) presents environmental analysis of five alternatives, including the Preferred Alternative. Alternative A, the No Action Alternative, would retain the cable system and continue managing the Half Dome Trail as it was through 2009, with no permits required. This action violates National Park Service (NPS) policy and will not be considered. Under Alternative B, the park would retain the cable system and implement day-use limits through a permit system allowing 400 hikers per day. Under Alternative C, the Preferred Alternative, the park would retain the cable system and implement day-use limits through a permit system allowing 300 hikers per day. Under Alternative D, the park would retain the cable system and implement day-use limits through a permit system allowing 140 hikers per day. Under Alternative E, the park would remove the cable system from Half Dome. If approved, the perferred alternative will be implemented for the 2013 hiking season.

We consider all public comments in making a decision. So get informed and get involved by:
  • Downloading a copy of the environmental assessment at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/HalfDomeEA. Hard copies or CDs of the EA may be requested by emailing yose_planning@nps.gov.
  • Registering for the webinar on February 10 at 1 pm, visit http://yose.webex.com.
  • Attending the open house on Wednesday, February 29 from 1-4 pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium. The presentation will begin at 2 pm. Entrance fees will be waived for open house attendees.
  • Commenting online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/HalfDomeEA. You may also mail your comments to P.O. Box 577 Yosemite, California 95389, c/o Superintendent, ATTN: Half Dome Plan; or send a facsimile to (209) 379-1294.
avatar Re: Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Webinar and Open House scheduled for February
January 26, 2012 08:22PM
Pounding head on desk


How do they expect a reasonably balanced cross section of people/responses when they schedule all of these during they week when most people are at work!?

I'll have to see if I can schedule some vacation time to get to the Feb 29 one on a Wed.

( lots of conspiracy theories flying around in my mind to explain their real reasons )
avatar Re: Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Webinar and Open House scheduled for February
January 26, 2012 08:32PM
The Park Service planners don't work evenings or weekends. They have 9 to 5 jobs, so they usually schedule these events only during their regular work hours.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/26/2012 08:33PM by plawrence.
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