FRESNO, Calif. — Yosemite National Park is expanding with the donation of Ackerson Meadow, an area of wetlands and grassy meadows surrounded by forests. It is the park’s largest addition in nearly seven decades.
Here’s a look at what it is:
The addition increases Yosemite’s total space of nearly 750,000 acres by 400 acres.
It forms a new part of Yosemite’s western boundary. Visitors travel by it on their way to the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which supplies San Francisco with drinking water.
It features wetlands and a grassy meadow surrounded by tall pine trees on rolling hills. It is home to wildlife with federal and state protection, such as the great grey owl, the largest owl in North American and listed as endangered by California wildlife officials.
The land was bought from a private owner for $2.3 million. Robin Wainwright said he and his wife, Nancy, sold it to the Trust for Public Land at a slight loss. But they prefer that it go to Yosemite so the public can enjoy it, rather than selling it to developer.
The trust orchestrated the donation, putting up most of the money — $1.53 million. The Yosemite Conservancy contributed $520,000, and anonymous donors put up the rest.