In 2013, Student Conservation Association (SCA) crews once again worked alongside National Park Service teams during a 35-day program to remove non-native invasive plants, restore abandoned or “social” trails (informal trails created by hikers), and remove inappropriate campsites from Yosemite’s vast wilderness. Social trails encourage hikers to trample delicate ecosystems, while inappropriate campsites detract from the wilderness landscape and contribute to ecosystem damage.

Some 24,000 acres of wilderness area were surveyed throughout the summer. Work crews removed 12,000 non-native invasive plants from the park, rehabilitated more than 500 inappropriate campsites and restored at least 3,000 feet of social trails. These efforts restored natural processes and preserved ecosystems, while returning wilderness character to the park and providing stewardship opportunities for youth.

Thank you for helping protect this magnificent landscape and keeping the “wild” in wilderness.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and Student Conservation Association.

SCA 2010 participant

Project Notes

Our experience felt so wild, like we really earned the sense of accomplishment we felt walking out.