Yosemite adds 400 acres to the park in largest expansion since 1949

September 8, 2016, 3:06 p.m.
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Good news for fans of Yosemite! The national park just got bigger by 400 acres.

According to the National Park Service:

The landmark addition was donated to the park through a cooperative effort between The Trust for Public Land, Yosemite Conservancy, and the National Park Service. The Trust for Public Land purchased Ackerson Meadow from private owners for $2.3 million earlier this year and donated it today to the National Park Service to be part of Yosemite National Park. Funds to buy the property came from several major contributors to The Trust for Public Land, including a bequest of $1.53 million and $520,000 by the nonprofit Yosemite Conservancy, with additional support from National Park Trust and American Rivers.

Ackerson Meadow is important to Yosemite as only about 3 percent of the park's land is comprised of meadows, and yet the area is home to a surprising abundance of plant species.

“The original Yosemite boundary plans of 1890 included Ackerson Meadow, so it is exciting to finally have this important place protected,” said Yosemite Conservancy President Frank Dean. “The purchase supports the long-term health of the meadow and its wild inhabitants, and creates opportunities for visitors to experience a beautiful Sierra meadow.”

This new addition is something new to celebrate for a park visited by over 4 million people every year!