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Supporting the world-class scientists who conduct unique and vital research in Yosemite.

Yosemite is an ideal place to study the natural world. Scientists working in this “living laboratory” explore biodiversity, geology, climate change and more. Your support can fund research that informs efforts to understand and protect the park’s resources today and prepare for the future.

Current Projects

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Stream Restoration to Protect Giant Sequoias
Establish the groundwork for a stream restoration design that will protect sequoias in Merced Grove from destabilization due to erosion.
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Protecting Sequoias
Research the intersection of the three major threats contributing to giant sequoia mortality in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove and Sequoia National Park by monitoring sequoias’ physiological responses to drought, fire, and insect attacks.
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Protecting Pate Valley and Beyond: Wilderness Cultural Fuel Treatments
Develop a priority list of previously identified sensitive cultural resources threatened by climate warming, including treatment planning and implementation in Pate Valley and beyond.
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Geoportal
Develop a new Yosemite Geoportal as a one-stop hub for external collaborators, students, Tribal partners, and the public to access geographic information resources.
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Valley Flooding and Drainage Study
Develop a comprehensive flooding and drainage study for Yosemite Valley, which hosts a substantial amount of the park’s offices, housing, visitor services, and historic properties.
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Predicting the Next Beetle Attack
Assess widespread loss of forest cover from beetle attacks. Using data from last year, develop a dashboard for visualization of the predictive model to assess future risk.
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Monitoring the Momentous: Capturing Progress in Restoring Yosemite Valley
Expand plant diversity and fire effects monitoring to assess cumulative benefits and progress of resource and fire management in a rapidly changing landscape.
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Protect Alpine Plants in a Changing Climate
Preserve alpine plant communities by documenting the specific impacts of climate change and other factors on flora persistence and migration at a variety of Sierra sites.
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Yosemite Science Strategy
Develop a comprehensive strategy to guide priorities for park-based scientific research that aligns with long-term goals for protecting wildlife and ecosystems.
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How is climate change affecting Yosemite’s plant and animal populations? What can a tiny sample of water tell us about the organisms living in an alpine lake? How does Yosemite’s shrinking glacial ice impact ecosystems in and beyond the park?

Donor-funded projects help deepen scientific understanding of natural processes, flora and fauna, and human impacts on the environment. Browse our past projects to see innovative research our supporters have made possible.

Areas of Focus

Thanks to supporters, we’ve provided over $152 million to Yosemite for more than 800 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.