Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite is designated Wilderness, a diverse mix of meadows, forests, mountains and waterways. Conservancy donors have a long legacy of helping to preserve these delicate ecosystems. Through “Keep It Wild,” groups of youth and adult volunteers, including a 35-day Student Conservation Association crew, join park professionals on a range of projects that address threats to Yosemite’s wilderness areas.

In addition to detracting from the wild character of Yosemite’s backcountry, inappropriate campsites and informal, or “social,” trails can cause serious damage, with impacts including erosion, trampled vegetation and altered water flow. In 2016, Keep It Wild crews surveyed thousands of acres of wilderness, restored unofficial campsites and social trails, and removed non-native plants. In addition to reversing human impacts on the environment and improving ecosystem resilience, this project introduced new Yosemite stewards to the value of restoring and preserving natural resources.

Your gifts helped the Keep It Wild crews continue to protect Yosemite’s magnificent landscape and keep the “wild” in wilderness. Thank you for supporting your park!

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and Student Conservation Association.


Victoria Hartman

Vegetation and Ecological Restoration

Project Notes

By improving the ecological integrity and resilience of the Yosemite Wilderness, this project serves day hikers, backpackers, stock users, and future generations of all species. Youth crews help provide a pristine wilderness experience for Yosemite visitors.