In 1864, Yosemite Valley’s majestic views helped spur the nation’s first public lands legislation. Over time, conifers have 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 will work with local youth organizations to restore classic views, including from The Ahwahnee, by carefully removing conifers, and they will clear woody debris strewn on the Valley floor. In addition to ensuring current and future visitors can enjoy views of features such as El Capitan and Yosemite Falls, those steps will help revitalize wetland and oak habitat.

Your support will protect natural resources while restoring vistas that have long inspired Yosemite visitors.

Partnering 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.