In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act to protect Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove of giant sequoias. It was a historic moment in time, and conserving that wild land was the genesis of a movement to create the world's 4,000 national parks and more than 200,000 protected natural areas. Join us for a virtual “campfire chat” about Yosemite and its legacy, hosted by Nat Hab Expedition Leader Colby Brokvist and Jim Sano, WWF’s Vice President for Conservation Travel. Jim is a former Yosemite park ranger, and as special assistant to the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park, he oversaw the park’s naturalist/interpretive programs. Jim and Colby will explore Yosemite's history, its influence on the creation of the National Park Service, and the park's natural and cultural treasures. They’ll also examine the contemporary challenges to protect the park, provide a high-quality visitor experience, and benefit nearby local communities. Learn, too, about Nat Hab’s new trip, An Insider’s Journey into Yosemite — it’s an intimate 8-day adventure featuring highlights and hidden spots most visitors miss.
Originally presented February 22, 2021
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