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Yosemite National Park Launches New Website to Commemorate Special Park Anniversary

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Date: June 28, 2013

Website Designed to Honor 150th Anniversary of Yosemite Grant Act


Yosemite National Park has launched a new website to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. The website, which can be found at www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary, provides an innovative way for community members, Yosemite staff, and interested parties to easily participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary that will take place starting September 2013 and last throughout 2014.

The website offers a timeline of anniversary projects, events, and commemorations that will take place from now until December 2014 in the park and gateway communities.  Additionally, visitors to the site will be provided opportunities to share their Yosemite stories; read a timeline of Yosemite's rich history; and learn how to host and/or organize a Yosemite Grant 150th anniversary activity.

Yosemite National Park, along with surrounding communities, are organizing dozens of activities and programs to commemorate the anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act in 2014.  The Yosemite Grant is a bill that was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864.  The Bill enacted the protection and preservation of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and is credited for ushering in the national park idea. This milestone act was the first time a federal government set aside a piece of land purely for preservation for the people.

To view the website, visit www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary and learn more about events that are happening in Yosemite and surrounding communities.  

Did You Know?

Vernal and Nevada Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.