The world is a little better today, thanks to the Trust for Public Land and the cooperation of private land owners. 400 acres of land known as Ackerson Meadow has been gifted to Yosemite National Park. This beautiful wilderness lies on the western border of Yosemite, not far from the Big Oak Flat entrance to the park.
The donation was made possible by contributions from the Trust for Public Land, the Yosemite Conservancy, the National Park Trust and American Rivers — as well as the private landowners Robin and Nancy Wainwright who had owned the land since 2006 and could have sold for more to developers.
This donation is the largest in 70 years, bringing the total size of Yosemite National Park to 750,000 acres. Ackerson Meadow is actually three connected meadows fed by a perennial creek. The area is home to a range of wildlife, including bear, deer, coyotes and the world’s largest (by length) great gray owls.
The Ackerson Meadow addition is fitting, as it was part of the original park boundary plans in 1890. Yosemite Conservancy President Frank Dean explains, “The purchase supports the long-term health of the meadow and its wild inhabitants, and creates opportunities for visitors to experience a beautiful Sierra meadow.”
Map of the Ackerson Meadow Addition
This addition will further preserve our wild spaces and protect this for our children and our children’s children. And that is a beautiful thing.