Ackerson Meadow

Ackerson Valley, CaliforniaPhoto credit: Robb Hirsch

Surrounded by Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest, the 400-acre Ackerson Meadow sits just minutes from the national park's Big Oak Flat entrance. Its ecosystem is unique to higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada, harboring an abundance of wildlife species and helping to store water in a drought-stricken state. A mile of Ackerson Creek traverses the property before flowing into the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Tuolumne River.

The meadow's unrivaled location and scenic beauty have also attracted the attention of developers. Understanding that the threat of development was real, The Trust for Public Land protected the land as an addition to Yosemite National Park for millions of visitors to enjoy and for wildlife to thrive.

In September 2016, The Trust for Public Land donated this one-of-a-kind property to Yosemite National Park. Protection of the meadow was funded by a bequest to The Trust for Public Land and Yosemite Conservancy with additional support from National Park Trust and American Rivers.


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