In 2013, Student Conservation Association (SCA) crews will once again work 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 will be surveyed throughout the summer. Work crews plan to remove 12,000 non-native invasive plants from the park, rehabilitate more than 500 inappropriate campsites and restore at least 3,000 feet of social trails. These efforts will restore natural processes and preserve 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.