The short answer is that the launch size lmiitations include guides, but the user-days limitations do not.
Here are the major features, straight from the CRMP.
2.4.8 MODIFIED ALTERNATIVE H: NPS PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE
Modified Alternative H is the NPS preferred alternative. It is a mixed motor/nonmotor alternative with mixed use allowed for 5.5 months (April 1 through September 15), and nonmotorized use from September 16 through March 31. It is characterized by lower group sizes and fewer daily launches except during the winter months. This alternative would allow for a moderate increase
in estimated yearly passenger totals (24,657). The NPS would allow passenger exchanges at Whitmore to accommodate trips launching during the mixed-use season (April 1 through September 15). Hiking exchanges would also only be allowed as described above, and it is assumed that 400 people would hike in each year at Whitmore.
22.214.171.124 WHAT THIS ALTERNATIVE ACCOMPLISHES
Carrying Capacity Standards
The maximum number of trips at one time would be reduced to 60 (from 70).
The maximum number of people at one time would be reduced to 985 (from 1,095).
Total user discretionary time in hours per year would be increased to 567,238 (from 355,081).
March to October Overall Use
The estimated number of recreational passengers would be increased to 22,802 (from 22,143).
The estimated number of trips launching would be increased to 981 (from 866).
The estimated number of user-days would be increased to 194,899 (from 164,972).
126.96.36.199 KEY TRIP VARIABLES
Launches per Day
Launches per day would be decreased to a maximum of six (from nine). Figure 2-10 shows the launches per day by trip type for each month (RP note - chart here that won't go into this message format).
Maximum Group Sizes (includes guides)
Commercial motor trip sizes would be reduced to 32 people in the summer and 24 people during the rest of the year (from 43).
Commercial oar trip sizes would be reduced to 32 people in the summer and 24 people during the rest of the year (from 39).
Noncommercial trip sizes would remain at the current level of 16 people (standard), and a new group size of 8 (small) would be offered to reduce campsite competition along the river.
Maximum Trip Lengths (in number of days)
The maximum trip length for commercial motor trips would be educed to 10 days in summer and 12 days in the shoulder seasons (from 1
; there would be no winter commercial motor trips (from 30 days currently).
The maximum trip length for commercial oar trips would be reduced to 16 days in summer (from 1
, and 18 days in the shoulder seasons (from 21); there would be no winter commercial oar trips (from 30 days currently).
The maximum noncommercial oar trip length would be reduced to 16 days in summer (from 1
, 18 days September 1-15 (from 21), 21 days in the remainder of the shoulder seasons (from 21), and 25 days in winter (from 30 days currently). Noncommercial motor trips would be reduced to 12 days in summer (from 1
, 12 days in the shoulder seasons (from 21), and no motor trips would be allowed in winter.
March to October User-Day Limits
Commercial motorized use is expected to increase somewhat, to an estimated 76,913 user-days.
Commercial overall use would be capped at the current 115,500 user-days.
Noncommercial use would not be capped, increasing to 79,399 user-days (from an average of 51,889).
Winter use would increase to accommodate approximately 1,855 people per year (from 31
188.8.131.52 OTHER ISSUES
Mixed Use/Nonmotorized Seasonal Use
The mixed-use season would decrease to 5.5 months (April 1 through September 15).
The nonmotorized use season would increase to 6.5 months (September 16 through March 31)
Hope this helps.
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