Add Yosemite National Park to your desk and enjoy exploring one of America’s great parks all through the year. Beautiful as well as useful, each month of the Yosemite Desk Calendar includes a grid for notes, lists holidays, and shows the preceding and following months. The easel-style stand is attractively finished, and calendar pages are easy to turn on the wire binding. Celebrate Yosemite National Park at your desk all through 2021.
Yosemite National Park Desk Calendar features: Elegantly finished, cloth-wrapped easel | Quality 200gsm art paper | Monthly calendar with boxes for quick notes | Displays previous and following months | 6- by 9-inch page size | Stands in only 2 by 6 inches of space | Move it anywhere; easy to see on your desk
Yellowstone places pictured in the 2021 edition include:
• Fresh fallen snow in the valley at Yosemite National Park
• Last light on Half Dome
• Spring runoff, Tuolumne River waterfall in the High Sierra Nevada
• Lupine wildflowers growing amidst the charred forest at Yosemite
• Spring, Merced River
• Rainbow in the mist at Bridalveil Fall
• Mount Watkins reflects into Mirror Lake
• Cathedral Peak reflection in Yosemite Wilderness
• A pine tree frames the north side of Half Dome on Tioga Pass
• Half Dome reflects in the Merced River
• Fall colors reflect in the Merced River
• Snow storm engulfs the valley Oaks
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park lies in California’s Sierra Nevada, a spectacular mountain range near California’s border with the state of Nevada. The park’s main attraction is the striking beauty of Yosemite Valley, whose flat floor lies within nearly vertical granite walls over which pour several major waterfalls. Yosemite also includes an extensive high-mountain wilderness of mountain peaks, rivers, meadows, and groves of giant sequoia trees. Yosemite National Park lands extend from 2,000 feet to more than 13,000 feet above sea level and cover about 761,266 acres, or about 1,189 square miles—much larger than the original parcel preserved in 1864. The park’s 200 miles (320km) of roads allow people to see the park through car or bus windows, while they sit. For an introduction to the real Yosemite, walk on a trail. Going slowly allows you to see small wonders as well as big views. You will feel breezes, smell the native vegetation (not vehicle fumes), and hear the streams, the insects, and other wildlife. Yosemite National Park is administered by The National Park Service, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The park has 13 popular campgrounds, of which up to seven are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come, first-served sites often fill by noon from May through September.
Native peoples have lived in the Yosemite region since 8,000 years ago. By the mid-19th century, they were primarily of Southern Miwok ancestry. However, trade with the Mono Paiutes from the east side of the Sierra for pine nuts, obsidian, and other materials from the Mono Basin resulted in many unions between the two tribes. The native peoples of Yosemite developed a complex culture rich in tradition, religion, songs, and political affiliations. Using each of the varied local ecosystems to best advantage, they could benefit from a maximum of plant and animal resources. The pattern of oaks and grassland noted by early visitors to Yosemite Valley is probably a direct result of the intentional burning of
underbrush practiced by native people. The first known entry of Europeans into the Valley was after the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills in 1848. Thousands of miners came to the Sierras to seek their fortune. Their arrival resulted in conflict with local native peoples who fought to protect their homelands. The Mariposa Battalion was sent as a punitive expedition under the authority of the State of California to bring an end to the “Mariposa Indian War.” The battalion entered Yosemite Valley while searching for Native Americans on March 27, 1851. Writers, artists, and photographers spread the fame of “the Incomparable Valley” throughout the world. A steadily increasing stream of visitors came on foot and horseback, and later by stagecoach. Hotels and residences were constructed, livestock grazed in meadows, and orchards were planted. As a result, Yosemite Valley’s ecosystem suffered.
Protection of Yosemite
Inspired by the scenic beauty of Yosemite and worried about private exploitation of Yosemite’s natural wonders, conservationists appealed to Senator John Conness of California, when he joined the U.S. Senate in 1863. Yosemite lands were first preserved by the United States Congress and President Abraham Lincoln who, in 1864 at the height of the American Civil War, granted them to the people of California for preservation. At that time there were no “national parks,” so authorizing California to preserve these federal lands seemed appropriate. This original land grant comprised about 39,000 acres, or about 60 square miles. The grant included Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. In 1890,
Yosemite was added to the new national park system that had begun with the preservation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872.
Astoundingly, now the park receives 3.5 million visitors per year. Yosemite, and the National Park Service as a whole, aims to allow natural processes to prevail while continuing to provide for the enjoyment of people. In doing this, Yosemite looks at preserving the special natural features and processes that helped to establish this park, such as geologic forces, the immense granite
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