Bill Could Expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 Acres

A bill, likely timed to correspond with National Parks Week, is currently in front of Congress which could expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres, or about 2.5 square miles.

The Pacific Forest Trust, a non-profit land trust, has reached an agreement with a group of private landowners to sell land that both parties own to the National Parks service to add land along the Merced River to the park. This would fit in with the vision John Muir originally had for the boundaries of the park, but timber and land interests won over conservation 120 or so years ago. Now, this move could win out over local residential development efforts as subdivisions are being built near this land now.

While Yosemite is over 760,000 acres, meaning this addition amounts to only about 2% more space, this land is being sold below market value, and it will help conserve this scenic area and river for all to access and enjoy.

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5 thoughts on “Bill Could Expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 Acres

  1. Me and my husband have been to Yosemite 3 times already and we love it there. Thanks for the info 🙂


  2. Yosemite National Park is one of the most famous parks of the United States of America. Millions of visitors visit this park every year around the world. Many people spend their time in Yosemite Valley. This park is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity.

  3. Nice sharing dear! I just experienced camping at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley last year with my wife and enjoyed there a lot. But in upcoming summers I wish to have a camping tour of the Yosemite Creek Campground. Can you provide me some information about this campground and thing to do there? Let me know about some tips to enjoy a camp there.

    • Suzi, I’m having trouble finding info on this. I see there was an effort a couple years ago. Can you link to any fresh efforts?