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Members of Congress prompt 12-day Yosemite comment period extension

Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE EDITOR

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has apparently bowed to a request from 13 members of Congress to extend the public comment period for Yosemite’s Merced River Plan.

On Tuesday, Yosemite planners extended the public comment period from Thursday, April 18 to Tuesday, April 30.

The letter signatories included six Republicans and seven Democrats. The list included Rep. Tom McClintock, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Mike Thompson, Rep. Devin Nunes, Rep. George Miller, Rep. David Valadao, Rep. Jim Costa, Rep. Jared Huffman, Rep. Mike Honda, Rep. Jeff Denham, Rep. John Campbell, Rep. Anna Eshoo and Rep. Doug LaMalfa.

The letter, which asked for an unspecified extension past the current April 18 deadline, acknowledges that the Park is working under a court-mandated timetable. In another letter sent to Yosemite, Rep. McClintock had asked for a 90-day extension.

Residents, citizens and visitors can add their comments through a special National Park Service Web site created for the purpose. Go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=50778 and click on “Comment on Document” to weigh in on the Park proposals.

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