Hiking along the Merced River, you might notice songbirds and small mammals, or even catch a glimpse of a recently reintroduced western pond turtle or California red-legged frog. Functioning wetlands are critical habitat for many Yosemite species, but in some cases, development has taken a toll on aquatic ecosystem health.
In 2018, park crews began a project to restore wetland habitat in Royal Arches Meadow, in eastern Yosemite Valley, where long-abandoned infrastructural elements have fragmented the ecosystem. Grant-supported work included conducting site visits and archeological surveys, delineating the wetland area, surveying the meadow’s plant life and hydrology, removing invasive vegetation and conifers, and using ground-penetrating radar to locate underground human-made features.
Your gifts helped lay the groundwork for repairing a Yosemite Valley meadow that will provide habitat for wetland animals and allow visitors to experience a thriving natural aquatic environment.
Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.