Below is a blurb that went out to local paddling clubs - anyone with a flair for words or just plain expressing an opinion - PLEASE WRITE IN!!
Bob & Jean Hackamack <email@example.com> wrote:
I’d be honored to have my request posted to these boaters. A flurry of brief inputs from these folks would help prove to the park that white water boating is among the important recreational activities in this great national park. Bob H
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 12:04:33 PM
Subject: Help boating in Yosemite Nat Park
Friends: Some of you have boated the Tuolumne in YNP and know that boating is presently forbidden. However, a planning process is underway that can change that with your help. Presently, the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan (TR CMP) is underway for the river in the park, for the main stem, Dana and Lyell forks. The TR CMP is open for comments, but has not yet addressed ww boating on the T.
I urge you each to write a short statement telling why ww boating on the T should be allowed and encouraged. Motor vehicles and bicycles are allowed on designated roads and paths, rock climbing is allowed throughout the park, rubber rafts are allowed in Y Valley, but no ww boating. This is our opportunity to crack that prohibition—since it is happening anyway and an important planning process is underway. This plan is so important that it amends the General Management Plan of 1980. If registration or a permit is acceptable to boat, say so. Wilderness permits are required to control crowding at popular back country campsites, not access. Camping in the back country requires a wilderness permit, would a wilderness permit be tolerable for boating?
Input for the present round closes Sept 15. Send comments to Kristina Rylands, Yosemite Planning, Yosemite National Park , PO Box 577, Yosemite CA 95389-9905 or firstname.lastname@example.org (that is: yose_planning) or fax 209-379-1294. I have written and will write again.
YNP is also doing a Tuolumne Meadows Plan at the same time. Scoping is open for that plan and you can say present things and facilities should be continued, be decreased, increased, eliminated or something added, like boating. You can include both plans in the same letter by using the words TM Plan scoping and TR CMP.
The Planning and Conservation League, TRT, FOR and Restore Hetch Hetchy included ww boating in their joint scoping input for the TR CMP last year, part of which were written by Dave Steindorf. Bob H