Yosemite Valley, CA– The Wawona Ecological Restoration Project continues at Yosemite National Park.
The project which began in September, is intended to restore the meadow to its natural condition.
Yosemite National Park contains approximately 3,000 meadows that range in elevation from 3,000 feet to 12,000 feet. Each of these plays a very important role in the park’s biological diversity, with as many as one third of the park’s plant species located in these meadows. The Wawona Meadow, located in the southern portion of Yosemite National Park, has been severely altered by human activity over the past 60 years. This included the grazing of cattle and horses and an airstrip that was decommissioned in the late 1930’s.
The goals of the Wawona Meadow Ecological Restoration Project are to improve meadow hydrology, native plant communities, and wildlife habitat. Monitoring of hydrology, plant communities, and wildlife will help determine the success of the project.
Work on the meadow restoration has been completed for this year and will resume in the Spring of 2011.