Habitat Restoration

Replanting native milkweeds and other native plants supports important pollinators and restores natural habitat in Yosemite Valley.

Habitat Restoration

From talus slopes to wetlands, waterfall spray zones and old-growth forests, Yosemite’s more than 748,000 acres cover a huge variety of habitats. Those protected ecosystems are rich with life but can be vulnerable to human activity. Hikers inadvertently trample fragile plants. Backpackers accidentally transport invasive seeds. Infrastructure disrupts natural water flow. Your support helps reverse those impacts, allows flora and fauna to thrive, and protects wild places for future generations. 

Conduct critical surveys of wetlands, wildlife and water flow, while shaping plans for a landmark restoration of Yosemite’s newest meadow habitat.  Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Conduct critical surveys of wetlands, wildlife and water flow, while shaping plans for a landmark restoration of Yosemite’s newest meadow habitat.

Engage youth and adult volunteers in restoration projects to enhance and protect natural processes and wilderness character in Yosemite’s vast backcountry. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Engage youth and adult volunteers in restoration projects to enhance and protect natural processes and wilderness character in Yosemite’s vast backcountry.

Transform damaged meadows into healthy habitat for imperiled pollinators, such as monarch butterflies, by removing invasive plants and sowing native flora. Photo: Rehabilitate wetland habitat at Lower River Amphitheater by removing abandoned infrastructure, including asphalt, and planting native vegetation. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Rebecca Lindstrom

Transform damaged meadows into healthy habitat for imperiled pollinators, such as monarch butterflies, by removing invasive plants and sowing native flora.

Heal damaged habitat in western Tuolumne Meadows, where erosion, poor drainage and informal trails have sapped meadow health. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Heal damaged habitat in western Tuolumne Meadows, where erosion, poor drainage and informal trails have sapped meadow health.

Protect native oak woodlands, meadow habitat and classic views by removing targeted conifers and clearing woody debris from the Valley floor. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Gretchen Roecker

Protect native oak woodlands, meadow habitat and classic views by removing targeted conifers and clearing woody debris from the Valley floor.

Rehabilitate wetland habitat at Lower River Amphitheater by removing abandoned infrastructure, including asphalt, and planting native vegetation. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Rehabilitate wetland habitat at Lower River Amphitheater by removing abandoned infrastructure, including asphalt, and planting native vegetation.