The National Park Service has released their plan for overhauling the Tunnel View Overlook, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the park, but some of the ideas presented may not be that popular with locals including removing trees so visitors can see better.
Hanford Sentinel: “The proposed $2.3 million plan would expand public viewing areas and cut down trees obscuring the breathtaking vistas at Tunnel View, a wide spot in the road about two miles west of Yosemite Valley.
Since photographer Ansel Adams shot ‘Clearing Winter Storm’ from Tunnel View in the early 1940s, the celebrated spot at one end of the Wawona Tunnel has been considered a classic image of the American West.
Park managers said cutting down 20 Ponderosa pines and other trees, installing new interpretive signs and improving traffic safety would boost visitors’ experience of the park. They hope to fund the plan in partnership with the San Francisco-based nonprofit Yosemite Fund, said park spokesman Scott Gediman.”
Public Review of the Environmental Assessment opens Wednesday October 3, 2007, and closes Friday November 2, 2007 with a public meeting to discuss the changes taking place Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at the Yosemite Valley visitors center.
For more information on how you can comment or about the proposed changes visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose/planning.