Yosemite Suit Could Affect Park Access

Yosemite Suit Could Affect Park Access

There are 3 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 28, 2007, titled Yosemite Suit Could Affect Park Access. In it, Newsday reports that:

The plunging waterfalls and soaring crags chiseled by the Merced River draw millions of visitors each year, but the crowds are precisely what threatens the waterway and the park.

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Arlington, VA

#1 Jan 28, 2007
I have visited Yosemite on several occasions and it is truly a scenic wonderland. Visiting there, one truly appreciates the natural beauty and wonderment of nature.

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a noise? If a secnic wonderland is unseen (because of artificially mandated caps on visitors), is it still a scenic wonderland?

There is plenty of room in Yosemite for managed access roads and mobility. Environmentalists claim they wish to "save" Yosemite. From whom? For whom?

This is public land and should be available to the public; otherwise, why preserve it.

Thank you.
Kent Richards

Newark, CA

#2 Jan 29, 2007
The argument above is a bit flawed: capping the number of visitors *would not* result in the park being unseen and *would* result in a lower impact to the beautiful place, making it even more beautiful to those who do visit.

There are already managed access roads in Yosemite. Curbing further development in the park and capping the number of visitors will keep Yosemite from becoming The Park Formerly Known as a Scenic Wonderland.

Orlando, FL

#3 Feb 2, 2007
I am bitterly opposed to the efforts of these environmentalists to limit public access to Yosemite. Making our parks inaccessible to people will serve to undermine the very support upon which they depend, especially in a time of dramatically decreasing visitation. Sure the park will still be seen, but by whom? And who are these people to dictate that? The Yosemite Valley Plan which the park service proposes DOES call for the restoration of natural processes in the park, and was widely endorsed by the public and by most environmental groups. What is the issue and why must park policy be approved by these people to the exclusion of the rest of us?

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