Restore Wilderness with Student Conservation Association (SCA) Crews

In 2014, a Student Conservation Association worked alongside National Park Service teams to survey and restore 24,000 acres of Yosemite’s wilderness.

In 2014, a Student Conservation Association (SCA) crew will again work alongside National Park Service teams during a 35-day program to remove invasive plants, restore “social” trails (informal trails created by hikers) and remove inappropriate campsites from Yosemite’s wilderness. Social trails encourage hikers to trample delicate ecosystems, while inappropriate campsites detract from the landscape and contribute to ecosystem damage.

Throughout the summer, 24,000 acres of wilderness area will be surveyed. Work crews plan to remove 12,000 non-native plants from the park, rehabilitate more than 400 campsites and restore at least 3,000 feet of social trails. These efforts will restore natural processes and preserve ecosystems, while returning the 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.

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Project Notes

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

SCA 2010 participant