For the final month of 2022, AnswerConnect partnered with Yosemite Conservancy, the only nonprofit dedicated to preserving Yosemite National Park’s resources and providing enriching visitor experiences in the California park.

In 2022, Yosemite Conservancy funded 58 high-priority projects and programs in Yosemite and provided $11.5 million in total support to the park. These projects covered a range of areas, including:

  • Revitalizing wetlands and wilderness areas.
  • Restoring beloved and spectacular trails and historic structures.
  • Enabling scientists to study endangered species and protect meadows, giant sequoias, and vulnerable wildlife.
  • Honoring the Native Americans who have lived in Yosemite for millennia.

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The Conservancy also supports a wide variety of programs focused on youth education and environmental stewardship to create the next generation of park stewards.

Located in the Sierra Nevada in California, Yosemite National Park was formed by glaciers over the course of millions of years. Yosemite Valley was home to the Ahwahneechee people for thousands of years, a Native American tribe also responsible for the valley’s name. The park was officially recognized as a national park in The Yosemite Act of 1890.

Known for its dramatic landscape – made up of granite cliffs, giant sequoia groves, lakes, glaciers, and waterfalls – almost 95% of Yosemite is classified as wilderness.

Chief Development Officer Marion Ingersoll notes,

“Work funded by the Conservancy is widely visible throughout the park, in trail rehabilitation, wildlife protection, habitat restoration, and education programs for people of all ages.

“We also create opportunities for people from all over the world to connect with the park through our outdoor adventures, volunteer programs, and bookstores. And we are delighted to have the generous support of AnswerConnect for Yosemite this month.”

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Hester McQueen, Head of Mattering at AnswerConnect, said: 

“We’re proud to support Yosemite Conservancy. Their tireless dedication to protecting one of America’s best-loved national parks is vital for both the wildlife within the park and the millions of people who visit every year. Our donation will help Yosemite Conservancy to protect the natural landscape and conserve the local wildlife for future generations.”

You can learn more about Yosemite Conservancy here.

Learn more about AnswerConect’s tree-planting program here.