Wawona Meadow has always been a popular spot for visitors, but has suffered from decades of overuse. It is also one of the largest montane meadows in the Sierra Nevada and is vital habitat for many bird species.

Thanks to the support of Conservancy donors, deep channels that once drained the wet meadow for grazing were filled, allowing natural hydrological processes to resume. With the return of natural hydrology, a more diverse and native plant community has taken root, thus improving habitat for native wildlife species.

A self-guided trail around the meadow educates visitors about its natural and cultural history.

Sue Beatty

Restoration Ecologist

Project Notes

Meadows play an important role by capturing snowmelt in the deep soils and releasing nutrient-rich water into the streams and rivers throughout the summer.