Yosemite National Park

Topics: Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley, Sierra Nevada Pages: 3 (651 words) Published: March 26, 2012
Yosemite National Park
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Rosenberg 1

Yosemite National Park is located in northern California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Yosemite National Park was the first state and national park in the United States. Yosemite Park was the first area of land set aside by the US government for preservation and protection. Over 3.5 million people visit Yosemite every year.

The park was named after the American Indian tribe that lived in the area known as the Ahwahneechee Indians. In 1849 there was a gold rush, which brought thousands of non-Indian miners and settlers to the park. In 1864 Abraham Lincoln declared the park "protected" to avoid further damage to the park. Galen Clark was the first designated guardian of Yosemite. Clark used to hike through the park barefoot and were quotes saying "shoes are cruel and silly instruments of torture, at once uncivilized, inhuman and unnecessary."

There are a variety of twenty-seven different trees in the park. California black oak, produce acorns that the Miwok Indians then ground into nutritious flour. The incense cedar grown abundantly throughout the Sierra, while Sequoias grow only in limited number of groves. These incense-cedar trees are often confused with the Giant Sequoias.

Rosenberg 2

Yosemite is known for its Giant Sequoias, which grow in the park. Although the seed for the Giant Sequoia is only the size of a piece of oatmeal, the Sequoias are the biggest living things on the planet. These trees can grow to be 2,500 to 3,000 years old and measure up to 250 to 300 feet above the ground. Sequoias usually die by topping over, not by old age. The oldest Sequoia in the park is known as the Grizzly Giant. The three groves, which the Giant Sequoias can be found, are the Mariposa Grove, the Tuolumne Grove, and the...
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