In the 1850s, Yosemite homesteaders planted orchards to grow produce for the people and livestock that were surging into the newly publicized part of the Sierra. Today, those still-standing orchards are recognized not just for their rare heirloom fruits, but also as links to the park’s pioneer past.
Most of the park’s orchards, however, have been neglected for decades. This year, a professional orchardist will work with park staff to rescue five historic orchards in Yosemite Valley, Wawona and El Portal. While pruning and bracing the trees to stabilize the orchards against further deterioration, crews will develop and test techniques that can be used for orchard management in the park for years to come.
Your gifts will help rescue 19th-century trees to preserve their historical and horticultural value for the future.
Partnering with Yosemite National Park and John Muir Historic Site