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

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

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Gabriel Sovulewski, who spent more than 30 years working in Yosemite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, poses on horseback on the Four Mile Trail (circa 1930). During his decades in Yosemite, including many years as park supervisor, Sovulewski oversaw construction and improvement projects on trails throughout the park. Photo: Yosemite Historic Photo Collection.

Yosemite Valley's popular trails took shape at different times, and cover a wide range of terrain, but all offer memorable hiking experiences and breathtaking views —and all benefit from donor-supported restoration work.

A hiker follows follows the trail near Red Peak Pass, in southern Yosemite. Photo: Yosemite Conservancy/Josh Helling

Beyond the Valley floor, hundreds of miles of trails branch out into remote canyons, along rivers and over passes. With support from Conservancy donors, park crews complete restoration work to improve hiking experiences and protect habitat along trails throughout the Yosemite Wilderness. 

A peregrine falcon soars near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Photo: James McGrew

Wildlife and wetlands, history and high peaks, trail work and telescopes ... our 2019 grants cover vast topical terrain! Join us for a virtual hike through Yosemite to explore some of the 40 projects you can help support in the park this year.

Yosemite's wilderness restoration crews search for campsites located too close to water, like this one near Lake Vernon. Photo: Courtesy of NPS

Every year, restoration crews head into the Yosemite Wilderness to search for and restore impacted areas. Read on to learn what goes into their work — and how you can help shorten their to-do lists!