Yosemite Plan Adds Campsites, Makes Valley Less CommercialBy Steve Casimiro on January 10th, 2013
If you’re a fan of keeping national parks more natural, it’s hard not to like Yosemite’s new management plan, which includes getting rid of the valley’s ice skating rink, commercial horseback riding, hotel swimming pools, and raft- and bicycle rentals and making more room for pedestrians and campsites. Up to this point trying to find a solution to summer overcrowding in the park has proved daunting. Environmental groups have twice sued the Park Service, winning court orders that compelled managers to draw up new blueprints. Part of the new plan includes five percent more parking, linked to pedestrian walkways so that visitors will have to ditch the car and wall or take shuttles. Either way, it means less emissions. And although the hantavirus outbreak from last fall isn’t directly addressed, part of the plan adds 174 camping sites in the valley and replaces some tent cabins in Curry Village with year-round cabins. Via L.A. Times.
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