Yosemite is growing by 400 acres.
Yosemite National Park, one of the nation’s oldest, is adding to its footprint thanks to the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a conservation group dedicated to protecting and preserving public land. According to the group’s website, the TPL focuses on close-to-home parks in or near America’s developed cities.
From time to time, however, the group also supports larger public lands like Yosemite. Recently, it purchased 400 acres of land near the famous park from private owners and donated them to the popular California park to expand its already impressive 750,000-acre property.
This addition marks the largest single increase in the park’s size since 1949. According to an NPR report by Nathan Rott, the new land includes “a sprawling grassy meadow, wetlands and rolling hills dotted with tall pine trees, and is known to be home to at least two endangered species.” The Trust for Public Land suggests that the new landscape will be a change to the existing scenery, which is known for its granite cliffs.
Yosemite was founded in 1890. Since then, the park has been thriving. It has witnessed record revenue in recent years, and the trends show no sign of stopping. For example, park management suggests Yosemite may see visitor numbers top 4.5 million this year alone.