In 1864, Yosemite Valley’s majestic views helped spur the nation’s first public lands legislation. Over time, conifers moved into meadows and black oak woodlands, obscuring some of those inspiring historical vistas. Drought and bark beetles have ravaged trees throughout the Sierra Nevada, leading to a build-up of logs, branches and bark.

In 2019, park crews worked with local youth organizations and volunteers to restore classic views, including from The Ahwahnee and along the Merced River, by carefully removing conifers. They also cleared more than 1,000 tons of woody debris from the Valley floor. In addition to ensuring current and future visitors can enjoy views of features such as El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls, the crews’ efforts revitalized wetland and oak habitat.

Your support helped protect natural resources and restore vistas that have long inspired Yosemite visitors.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park, Sacred Rok and Calaveras Healthy Impact Solutions (CHIPS).

Garrett Dickman

Botanist, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

When set aside in 1864, Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were the first natural areas in the United States protected for public benefit and appreciation of the scenic landscape. Vista management creates access for visitors of all ages and abilities to experience the monumental beauty of the park.