2012-03-22 / Front Page

Yosemite alternative halving Valley lodging is studied

One of five preliminary alternatives being considered by the National Park Service would more than halve Yosemite Valley lodging. If approved, the proposal would slash hotel tax collected by Mariposa County, likely forcing major cuts to County services.

The five alternatives are part of the Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan process. A Park timeline calls for one of the five proposals, or a combination thereof, to be selected as a preferred alternative by the end of the year.

Also being considered is a day-use permit system that would limit access to Yosemite Valley during periods of peak visitation. Other ideas listed for discussion include enhanced fees during peak periods, parking fees and the construction of a new parking lot near the west end of Yosemite Valley.

Citizens can learn about other upcoming meetings, Web events, site visits and opportunities to comment on the alternatives on the Park Web site.

The address is http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp_meetings.htm


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