July 24, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A draft plan to limit crowding in Yosemite National Park to protect a river that runs through it would limit the number of daily visitors to roughly current levels.
The long-awaited preferred options for the Merced River Plan were posted Tuesday on the park's website.
Under the plan, the number of daily visitors would be capped at 19,900. Mule rentals and commercial rafting would be banned.
Visitors would still be allowed to use their own rafts on the Merced River but would be directed to specific areas for access to keep steep banks from being trampled and eroded.
The popular wintertime Curry Village Ice Rink would be eliminated.
Park officials are under a court order to come up with a plan to protect the river.
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