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Preserving the beauty of Yosemite National Park




The National Park Service's Merced River Master Plan requires Yosemite's planners to consider the impact of commercial services in the river corridor. That would force the ice skating rink to close.
The National Park Service's Merced River Master Plan requires Yosemite's planners to consider the impact of commercial services in the river corridor. That would force the ice skating rink to close.
Molly Peterson/KPCC
The National Park Service's Merced River Master Plan requires Yosemite's planners to consider the impact of commercial services in the river corridor. That would force the ice skating rink to close.
Capturing Yosemite's beauty.
Molly Peterson/KPCC
The National Park Service's Merced River Master Plan requires Yosemite's planners to consider the impact of commercial services in the river corridor. That would force the ice skating rink to close.
The Ahwahnee Bridge, one of three old stone bridges that cross the Merced River. Under the National Park Service plan, this bridge would remain in place. Another bridge, the Sugar Pine Bridge, would be removed.
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For years, the National Park Service has been looking for a way to preserve and restore parts of the Yosemite Valley. Planners have discussed doing away with tourist amenities like ice skating and swimming pools to try and restore the habitat of the valley's Merced River.

The National Park Service is under a court order to finalize a plan by July 31st but political opposition is delaying any progress.