Restore Pothole Dome Wetlands – 2019

Restore Pothole Dome Wetlands – 2019

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

Hikers and photographers head to Pothole Dome, the gleaming granite slab at the western end of Tuolumne Meadows, to take in views of distant peaks. The scene at the dome’s base, however, is less appealing: An informal trail captures water flowing off the rock and channels it into eroded gullies. Without vital hydration, wetland plants have died out, replaced by flora better suited to dry conditions.

This grant funds the crucial first steps toward repairing the damaged habitat. In 2019, work will focus on examining the area’s biodiversity, hydrology and history, building the foundation for restoration. This groundwork will enable the park to develop effective plans for rehabilitating the ecosystem and designing a formal, well-drained trail to the dome.

Your support will propel efforts to save wetland habitat in western Tuolumne Meadows.

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