Yosemite National Park 2021 Wall Calendar

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John Muir lived in the Yosemite Valley from 1868 to 1873. The attention he won for Yosemite ensured its place as a National Park. Muir wrote, “Nowhere will you see the majestic operations of nature more clearly revealed beside the frailest, most gentle and peaceful things.” The Yosemite calendar shares the spirit of awe Muir felt so clearly almost 150 years ago.

Yellowstone National Park 2021 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Beautiful reproduction | Quality heavy-weight paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

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

About 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.
Yellowstone's History
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.

Yellowstone Today
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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