Thursday, November 24, 2011

Please help the National Park Service lift their ban on paddling in Yosemite National Park

The National Park Service is updating their Wild and Scenic River Management Plan for the Merced River, which includes the reach of the river through Yosemite Valley. Last year I had the opportunity to float through the Valley with Park Service Staff. While the Merced River is almost completely flat Class I(-), and absent whitewater excitement, this is quite possibly the best river trip you can do anywhere. To be sure, this is not just about paddling through the Valley. We believe that this is the first step in rectifying the mistake that was made long ago by banning paddling throughout the Park. It is impossible to imagine a Yosemite where climbers are asked to stay off the walls, or hikers are asked to stay off the trails. Yet, we are asked to stay off the rivers. You can help open all the rivers in the Park to paddling. Please visit the American Whitewater Web site via this link, and find out more about the Merced Wild and Scenic River Management Plan and learn about how you can let the Park Service know how important it is to you to be able to enjoy the rivers of this great treasure.

Dave Steindorf
California Stewardship Director
American Whitewater
4 Baroni Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Office 530.343.1871
Cell 530.518.2729

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