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Protecting Natural Resources - 2

The development of the West brought an ever-increasing number of settlers. When resources became depleted or despoiled, voices were raised to preserve the West’s scenic lands and their fragile environments. In 1864, Congress acted. Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias became the first parklands set aside by the federal government. They were initially granted to the state of California and later became a National Park in 1890. Yosemite was made part of the National Park Service when it was established by Congress in 1916.

4 Images Petition and Map from John Muir and Others, Members of the Sierra... View All Images
1 Image Conservationist John Muir in the Sierra Nevada, Mountains, California... View All Images
1 Image Photograph of El Capitan Wreathed in Clouds, Yosemite Valley, by... View All Images
1 Image Department of Interior/National Park Service pamphlet, Birds of... View All Images