This really gets my dander up. This is just a repeated attempt to do by another means what a small group of people have tried to do in the past. The same thing happened with the Yosemite General Management Plan of 1980 and that was a disaster. The point is to drive people out of the Valley and frankly, this is offensive. It is an elitist overreach, trying to cut off access of one of our national treasures to ALL the people. In a society with a growing population, it is an injustice to try to limit access to a national treasure in the name of trying to return a river to its pre-1850's course. Why can't they just accept that the Valley is what it is and try to improve it in that context for everyone, rather than kick people out. I think it is an unreachable goal they are after. Instead, they continue to try to find new ways to leverage their vision onto everyone else. It is as if the relatively new Wild and Scenic status outweighs the national park status or something. I did not know about this current effort but I am not surprised. Honestly, the user input guide seems like an attempt at obfuscation.
If they begin to limit the number of people in the Valley, are they prepared to absorb significantly more people in Tuolumne? That would happen inevitably. Are they going to limit the number of people up there too? That area is significantly more sensitive than the Valley.
Now, I am a wilderness advocate, but the Valley is just what it is. I think that it would be a shame to make it harder for people to experience it. Besides, if you are looking up all the time, you hardly notice the person next to you. For those who want to see it the way it was before the 1850's (which is futile, unless you cut down most of the ponderosa and cedar) there are plenty of places to get to easily where you can see all the Valley landmarks in privacy and not even see a road or building. That should satisfy their elitism, rather than try to foist it on everyone else.
My family has been camping in the Valley since the turn of the century. When my grandfather returned home after spending a year in an English hospital recuperating from wounds he suffered fighting outside of Aachen the first thing he wanted to do was go to Yosemite. My folks met hiking up Half Dome and my brother and grew up staying, camping and backpacking in Yosemite at all times of the year. When I was younger, my brother, cousins and I would go to the stables, put on life preservers and throw ourselves into the river. We spent the whole day floating the river all the way down to Devil's Elbow. Like so many other things, they say we can't do that anymore. I know that my experience is like an uncountable number of other families' experiences. This is what they want to get rid of.