Yosemite National Park expands; Tahoe protected area enlarges

   Yosemite National Park is getting bigger by 400 acres of alpine meadow and wetlands and some of Lake Tahoe’s North Shore ridgeline will soon be under federal protection.
   The two events, announced Wednesday, are similar in nature and timing, but unrelated.
   For Yosemite, it is the largest expansion of the national park in about 70 years.
   The Trust for Public Land bought what is known as Ackerson Meadow bordering the west side of the park from private owners and donated it to the park.
Below: Ackerson Meadow by Robb Hirsch (The Trust For Public Land photo)

   “The generous donation of Ackerson Meadow will preserve critical meadow habitat that is home to a number of state and federally listed protected species,” says Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “It’s a stunning open meadow surrounded by forest habitat, which supports a wide variety of flora and fauna species and offers new meadow experiences for park visitors. This meadow is a remarkable gift to the American people, coming at a historic time as we celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service.”
   Meanwhile the U.S. Forest Service says it is buying a privately-owned, 120-acre  ridgeline parcel above Lake Tahoe’s North Shore:
   It is some of the last privately-owned ridgeline within the Lake Tahoe basin.
   The sellers are Pacific Industries and Mountainside Partners.
   “We congratulate the parties for coming to mutually agreeable terms that will result in the permanent protection of Brockway Summit,” says California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird. Thanks to the California Tahoe Conservancy for helping to make it happen.”
 – Central Valley Business Times