Yosemite Nation Park
Yosemite National Park is an American national park. Its located in California. The Park is nearby Sierra National Forest and Stanislaus National Forest. It is managed by the National Park Service.
It is spread over an area of 759,620 acres. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1984. It is internationally recognized for its clear streams, granite cliffs, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, grasslands, biological diversity, and giant sequoia trees,
Almost 95 % of the park is declared as wild. It is the largest fragmented habitat block in Sierra Nevada. There are many different plants and animals. The highest recorded number of visitors to the park in 2016 was 5 million. The most for the first time in its history.
The Firefighters are suppressing the fire from the ground and air. Mariposa Grove is closed until further notice, with a Boeing 737-300 air tanker taking part in the operation.
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Yosemite Nation Park caught Fire
Yosemite Nation Park caught fire on 7 July and burned nearly 1591 acres. A total of 360 firefighters are working from the ground and the air. The officials said the park will remain closed until further notice.
Due to the Fire, the park burned to Mariposa Grove. There will be more than 500 mature giant sequoias. There is no sign yet that whether the fire damaged the historic tree. The Giant Sequoia specimens are the Longest trees on Earth. These trees are found only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California.
The Longest of them are on average as tall as a 25 Floor building. Long-range makes it very difficult to control Fire and It will limit the effect of air tankers. The dead trees make it very difficult to fight against fire. The giant sequoia tree is at risk of Fire.
Yosemite Nation Park History
- the Sierra Nevada was raised and tilted to form its slope, which increased the stability of the rivers About 10 million years ago.
- The height of the glaciers, which eventually melted down and formed a U-shaped valley almost 1 million years ago.
- The Yosemite Valley was founded by European American Visitors in 1851.
- The Ahwahneechi were the only tribe that lived within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.
- A major event impacted the population of Yosemite and all of California in the mid-19th century.
- It was the California Rush, which attracted more than 90,000 European Americans to the region in less than 2 years.
- The conflict in Yosemite, known as the Mariposa War, began in Dec 1850.
- After the Mariposa War, many Native Americans continued to live in the Yosemite area.
- The rest of the Ahwahanichi tribe members were forced to relocate to an Indian village built-in 1851 by the state government.
- The US military and the National Park Service were responsible for the destruction of the village.
- The last Ahwahanichi, named Totuya, died in 1931.
- James Mason Hutchings and Thomas Ayers and two others were the first visitors to the area in 1855.
- John Degnan and his wife established a bakery and store in 1884.
- The National Park Service granted a 20-year license to the Desmond Park Service Company in 1916.