Repair Wetlands near Royal Arches – 2018

Repair Wetlands near Royal Arches – 2018

This grant funds the restoration of wetland habitat in Royal Arches Meadow, where long-abandoned infrastructural elements have fragmented the ecosystem.

Hiking along the Merced River, you might notice songbirds and small mammals, or even catch a glimpse of a recently reintroduced western pond turtle or California red-legged frog. Functioning wetlands are critical habitat for many Yosemite species, but in some cases, development has taken a toll on aquatic ecosystem health.

In 2018, park crews began a project to restore wetland habitat in Royal Arches Meadow, in eastern Yosemite Valley, where long-abandoned infrastructural elements have fragmented the ecosystem. Grant-supported work included conducting site visits and archeological surveys, delineating the wetland area, surveying the meadow’s plant life and hydrology, removing invasive vegetation and conifers, and using ground-penetrating radar to locate underground human-made features.

Your gifts helped lay the groundwork for repairing a Yosemite Valley meadow that will provide habitat for wetland animals and allow visitors to experience a thriving natural aquatic environment.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

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Project Notes
Preserving Royal Arches Meadow will help protect critical habitat for special-status wildlife.

It is important to do this project now to provide potential critical aquatic habitat for special-status wildlife species being introduced: the California red-legged frog and western pond turtle.

Joy Baccei
Wetland Restoration Program Manager
Yosemite National Park