WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation issued the following news release:
Today, the National Park Service released its final plan for managing the Merced River, which flows through Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. The following is a statement from Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:
"The National Trust is delighted that the final Merced River plan does not recommend removing any of Yosemite Valley's remarkable stone bridges. We applaud this critical step forward by the National Park Service in recognizing the significance of the bridges and the contribution they make to the Yosemite experience.
"However, we are disappointed that this plan calls for the removal of dozens of historic structures that also enrich the cultural landscape of Yosemite Valley. The management of the Merced River need not come at the expense of iconic historic sites such as the Superintendent's House. We remain committed to working with the National Park Service on identifying alternatives that would avoid or minimize harm to the specific places now threatened by the plan."
BACKGROUND ON THE BRIDGES OF YOSEMITE VALLEY
The National Trust for Historic Preservation consulted with the National Park Service throughout the Merced River planning process to promote the sound stewardship of Yosemite's many historic treasures. Concern for the park's historic stone bridges prompted the National Trust to add them to its 2012 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and to the Trust's portfolio of National Treasures, places where it is making a deep, long-term organizational investment.
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