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Preserving natural habitats and healthy ecosystems for flora, fauna and future generations.

Yosemite’s nearly 750,000 acres harbor diverse terrain, from low-elevation meadows and woodlands, to alpine lakes and talus slopes. Your support can fund projects to restore habitats, so natural processes and native species can thrive in healthy ecosystems.

Current Projects

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Ackerson Meadow: Restoration Planning
Prepare for major ecological rehabilitation in Ackerson Meadow by removing invasive plants, studying birds, collecting native seeds, and performing hydrological monitoring.
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Yosemite Pollinator Hotshots
Establish a citizen science program to assess pollinator trends in response to climate change, while providing career opportunities for minorities in science and natural resource management.
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Tuolumne Meadows Preservation
Remove encroaching trees from Tuolumne Meadows to preserve the views, cultural landscape, and overall experience and health of the meadows.
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California Black Oaks: Tribal Stewardship
Collaborate with the park’s affiliated Tribes to plant, prune, and tend black oak trees in Yosemite Valley, simultaneously restoring habitat and traditional stewardship practices.
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Keep It Wild
Work with Tribal and youth crews to minimize modern human impacts on wilderness ecosystems, including the reduction of oversized backcountry campfire rings and campsites, relocation of inappropriate campsites, and restoration of informal trails.
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Lower Cathedral Meadow Restoration
Revitalize meadow habitat at Lower Cathedral Lake by moving a short trail to drier ground, loosening compacted soil and restoring natural water flow.
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You’ll see signs of healthy habitat restored through donor-funded projects almost anywhere you go in Yosemite. Milkweed blooming in Yosemite Valley meadows. Rare plants flourishing in the soaked “spray zone” beside Vernal Fall. Giant sequoia seedlings stretching out of healthy soil, 300 feet below the crowns of their mature relatives. Wetland rebounding in Lyell Canyon, as vegetation takes root in the former footprint of a relocated trail.

Our habitat restoration projects have rehabilitated and protected ecosystems in popular parts of the park, such as Mariposa Grove and Tuolumne Meadows, and in the far reaches of the Yosemite Wilderness, where “Keep It Wild” crews carefully repair areas impacted by backcountry camping. Want to learn more? Take a look at our iconic and past projects.

Areas of Focus

Thanks to supporters, we’ve provided over $140 million to Yosemite for more than 700 completed projects. Donor gifts help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, inspire the next generation of nature-lovers and more. Explore our funding areas to see current and past projects.