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    National Park Service

    Yosemite National Park

    PUBLIC SCOPING COMMENT SUMMARY REPORT

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

    WILDERNESS STEWARDSHIP PLAN AND

    ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT MAY 2016

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    Yosemite National Park Public Scoping Summary Report

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter Page

    1. INTRODUCTION AND GUIDE ................................................................................. 1-1

    1.1 Public Scoping Process Summary ........................................................................... 1-1 1.2 Nature of Comments Received ............................................................................... 1-2 1.3 The Comment Analysis Process .............................................................................. 1-3 1.4 Definition of Terms .................................................................................................. 1-4 1.5 Methodology ............................................................................................................. 1-4 1.6 Guide to this Document ........................................................................................... 1-5

    2. PUBLIC SCOPING COMMENT SUMMARY ................................................................ 2-1

    2.1 Summary of Public Scoping Comments by Comment Code .............................. 2-2 TQ1-69178 - What do you value about the way in which the National

    Park Service currently manages the Yosemite Wilderness? ................... 2-3 TQ2-69178 - What are the most important issues facing the Yosemite

    Wilderness today and how should they be addressed? .......................... 2-4 AE22000 - Visitor use ............................................................................................... 2-6 MT1000 - General comments about the Yosemite Wilderness ......................... 2-7 OS1000 - Out of scope .............................................................................................. 2-8 TN100 - Threats to natural resources .................................................................... 2-8 TV100 - Threats to visitor use or experience ...................................................... 2-11 VN100 - Value the natural resources or setting (flora, fauna, views,

    natural quiet, undev. areas) ...................................................................... 2-11 VV100 - Value the visitor opportunities (activities, programs, recreation) .... 2-12 WL1000 - Trail system management .................................................................... 2-13 WL1010 - Through hiking ..................................................................................... 2-16 WL1020 - Use of motorized equipment .............................................................. 2-17 WL1100 - Human waste management ................................................................. 2-18 WL1200 - Potential wilderness additions ............................................................ 2-19 WL1210 - Retention of High Sierra Camps ........................................................ 2-20 WL1220 - Removal of High Sierra Camps .......................................................... 2-22 WL1230 - Management of High Sierra Camps ................................................... 2-24 WL1300 - Accessibility (ADA) .............................................................................. 2-26 WL1400 - Climate change ...................................................................................... 2-27 WL1500 - Wildlife ................................................................................................... 2-28 WL1510 - Nonnative fish removal ....................................................................... 2-30 WL1520 - Proper food storage .............................................................................. 2-31 WL1600 - Wilderness character ........................................................................... 2-32 WL1610 - Wilderness character: Untrammeled ................................................. 2-34 WL1620 - Wilderness character: Natural ............................................................ 2-34 WL1630 - Wilderness character: Undeveloped ................................................. 2-34 WL1640 - Wilderness character: Solitude and primitive and unconfined

    recreation .................................................................................................... 2-35 WL1650 - Wilderness character: Other features of value ................................. 2-37 WL1700 - Interpretation and outreach ............................................................... 2-37 WL1800 - Wildfire management .......................................................................... 2-41

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    Yosemite National Park Public Scoping Summary Report

    WL1900 - Camping ................................................................................................. 2-42 WL2000 - Stock use and users .............................................................................. 2-44 WL2010 - Private stock use or users .................................................................... 2-53 WL2020 - Commercial stock use or users ........................................................... 2-54 WL2030 - Administrative stock use or users ....................................................... 2-56 WL2100 - Soundscapes .......................................................................................... 2-57 WL2200 - Installations/development .................................................................. 2-57 WL2400 - Wilderness Stewardship Plan planning/process .............................. 2-59 WL2500 - Vegetation .............................................................................................. 2-60 WL2600 - Research studies and data ................................................................... 2-61 WL2700 - Water Resources ................................................................................... 2-62 WL3000 - Commercial services ............................................................................ 2-62 WL4000 - Access ..................................................................................................... 2-76 WL5000 - Visitor conflicts & safety ..................................................................... 2-78 WL6000 - Recreation ............................................................................................. 2-79 WL7000 - Nonmotorized, nonmechanized recreation ..................................... 2-80 WL8000 - NPS enforcement of rules ................................................................... 2-81 WL9000 - Permit system and/or quotas .............................................................. 2-82

    APPENDICES Appendix A Correspondence Index of Organizations Appendix B Correspondence Index of Individual Commenters

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    ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS Full Phrase ADA Americans with Disabilities Act AMGA American Mountain Guides Association CUA commercial use authorization EIS environmental impact statement IFMGA International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations JMT John Muir Trail LNT Leave No Trace NEPA National Environmental Policy Act NPS National Park Service PCT Pacific Crest Trail PEPC Planning, Environment, and Public Comment SUP special use permit WSP wilderness stewardship plan US United States

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    CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION AND GUIDE

    The United States (US) Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) and wilderness stewardship plan (WSP) for Yosemite National Park. The WSP will provide a framework for measuring and monitoring wilderness character to ensure that future management actions will be taken as needed to adapt to changing conditions.

    This report documents the results of the public scoping process for the WSP/EIS. Scoping is a collaborative public involvement process conducted at the beginning of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to identify and refine issues to be addressed in the EIS. Public involvement is a vital part of the NEPA process. In addition to scoping, public involvement for this project includes collaboration with federal, state, and local governments and public outreach efforts. The park is also coordinating the National Historic Preservation Act process with the NEPA process.

    1.1 PUBLIC SCOPING PROCESS SUMMARY In November, 2015, the NPS released a Public Scoping fact sheet for the WSP/EIS to the public for review and comment. The newsletter provided a description of the purpose and need for the plan, public scoping information and questions to consider, potential management issues to be addressed, and information on how to get involved in the p