Yosemite Conservancy Provides Millions for National Park Upgrades

Yosemite National Park will be getting dozens of upgrades this year thanks to twelve and-a-half million dollars in grant money from the Yosemite Conservancy.

The money will support 36 projects including improvements to Bridalveil Fall - which continues to grow in popularity.

“The restoration project will include improving the trail system in the parking area, restoring and protecting the surrounding habitat and adding new vista points and informative signage,” said the Conservancy’s Jennifer Miller.

Funds will also support the "Ask a Climber" station.

"There will be climbing rangers stationed with a great vantage point on El Capitan," Miller explained.  "They'll have a telescope and climbing equipment so park visitors can stop by and take a look at climbers up on the wall and find out how they traverse the wall…”

There will also be a second year of the "No Limits Program" where visitors in wheelchairs will have the opportunity to use hand-pedaled bicycles and do some modified climbing on the walls. 

Other projects include rebuilding parts of the John Muir Trail, rehabilitating wetlands in the Lyell Canyon and releasing native red-legged frogs in the Park.

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