Crowding a problem at Yosemite National Park

May 7, 2013 

I agree with John Buckley's request of the National Park Service to protect the Merced River corridor and Yosemite Valley and to comply with the Wild and Scenic River Act.

As a volunteer in Yosemite Valley each May, I have observed the affects of overcrowding on the Merced and Yosemite Valley — long lines everywhere (bathrooms, food service, information stations, shuttle points), degraded banks and beaches of the Merced, smoke-filled campgrounds, pedestrians dodging bicycles and vehicles.

My comments to the National Park Service included the request that new buildings and campgrounds should not be added to the river corridor, and current buildings should be removed. All plans should have the objective of reducing overcrowding.

I suggest that you visit Yosemite Valley, if you haven't yet had the opportunity. Enjoy the stunning dogwoods, the thundering falls and the soaring granite.

I hope that the leaders of the park will work to protect this precious national treasure for future generations.

ELAINE GORMAN

Twain Harte

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