The future of Yosemite is as bright as the summer sun shining down on the park's legendary granite under the just released Merced River Plan, "New Yosemite National Park sets visitor limits," (Feb. 15).
The plan has been a long-time coming; its genesis being the floods of January 1997, now more than 17 years ago. It is time to end the lawsuits, embrace the new plan, and actually put it in place on the ground, in the park, where it matters. The plan offers more camping, 189 acres of critical habitat restoration, less vehicle congestion, high visitation levels, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The Park Service has done its job of balancing a wide array of interests and trade-offs between resource protection and public use and enjoyment. They deserve to be congratulated for such a science-based, thorough, and responsive planning process.
As the plan moves forward, the Student Conservation Association pledges to engage youth and young adults in making the plan a reality and realizing a bright future for Yosemite National Park.