Having skimmed some other parts of the report, it gets even more ridiculous. The parks preferred alternative seems to be to increase the number of fisherman user days from the current peak usage on all of the rivers and streams. In order to handle this increase, they want to build more river access improvements, to lessen the impact on the river corridor.
How is allowing more people to fish, and subsequently trample the river banks, in line with protecting the river resources? Especially given that the primary reason that they want to uphold the kayaking/rafting ban is because, according to them, kayaking and rafting isn't cohesive with Wild and Scenic values.
One of the reasons listed is that seeing river craft on a river automatically makes the river less scenic. I mean, not all of us have the best looking gear, but fisherman dress really goofy, and I'm not bitching at them for ruining my view of the forest.
Remember a few years ago when the YNP stated that one of the major concerns was that, if they allowed river runners, then MORE people would stop to look at the rivers, and thus it would create traffic jams? So which is it? Are kayakers not allowed because everyone will want to watch us, and thus we'll be responsible for traffic congestion? Or, are we just ugly to look at when you are fishing?
I'm entering the YLA draft this season.