The Yosemite Conservancy blog. An insider's look at what's happening in the park — and how our donors are making a difference.

Field Notes

The Yosemite Conservancy blog.
An insider's look at what's happening in the park — and how our donors are making a difference.

Yosemite Conservancy Field Notes

A Yosemite trail crew at work in the high country. Photo: Steve Lynds

See what it's like to spend a day in the boots of Yosemite's talented trail crews.

Yosemite Conservancy donors have supported several grants to restore Lyell Canyon and relocate sections of the Pacific Crest/John Muir Trail. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Did you know that one of the first designated "national trails" in the U.S. runs through Yosemite? With the National Trails System turning 50 this year, we're taking a look at how our donors are supporting the long-term health of that trail — and the habitat that surrounds it.

April snow frosted Yosemite's trees and granite. The view above was captured in the middle of the month near Turtleback Dome; the gray line snaking through the trees is Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy. 120). Photo: Carolyn Botell

A monthly recap of what we saw, heard and did in Yosemite. Here's what happened in April...

John Muir in Yosemite, circa 1902. Credit: John Muir Papers, Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library, (c) 1984 Muir-Hanna Trust

“When I was a boy in Scotland, I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I've been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures." In honor of John Muir's birthday, we're sharing some musings about (and from) the "father" of our national parks.