Keep It Wild: Restore Yosemite’s Wilderness – 2017

A Student Conservation Association youth crew works together to clear debris from trails and restore wilderness character to Yosemite’s backcountry. Photo: NPS.

Conservancy donors have a long legacy of helping to preserve the meadows, forests, mountains and waterways that make up the Yosemite Wilderness, which covers nearly 95 percent of the park. Through this grant, youth and adult volunteers, including a five-week Student Conservation Association crew, work with park professionals to address threats to wilderness areas.

In addition to detracting from the wild character of Yosemite’s backcountry, inappropriate campsites and informal “social” trails can result in erosion, altered water flow and other ecosystem damages. In 2017, crews surveyed more than 6,900 acres of wilderness, restored hundreds of unofficial campsites, eliminated social trails, and mapped and treated non-native plants.

Your donations supported efforts to improve the resilience of the park’s ecosystems and engage diverse volunteers in hands-on restoration. Take our "Keep It Wild" quiz to learn about other ways you can help protect Yosemite's natural habitats.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and Student Conservation Association.

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Project Notes
An SCA crew works together to clear debris from trails and restore wilderness character to the backcountry.

By improving the ecological integrity and resilience of the Yosemite Wilderness, this project serves day hikers, backpackers, stock users, and future generations of all species. Youth crews help provide a pristine wilderness experience for Yosemite visitors.

Victoria Hartman
Vegetation and Ecological Restoration
Yosemite National Park