Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/1/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Iconic national park dates back to time of American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln

Visited by people from around the world, Yosemite National Park marked its 150th anniversary this week. The park has been in existence ever since 16th American President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors.

Classic nature photographer Ansel Adams frequently visited the Yosemite National Park.

Classic nature photographer Ansel Adams frequently visited the Yosemite National Park.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/1/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Yosemite National Park, anniversary, conservation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Part of the festivities include a groundbreaking to begin a project restoring the Mariposa Grove, which consists of 500 mature giant sequoia trees. The trees are among the oldest living organisms in the world.

President Abraham Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln's signature on the Yosemite Land Grant bill on June 30, 1864, set a precedent for the preservation of the young country's wilderness, becoming the first instance of the U.S. government setting aside scenic wilderness for public use and preservation.


"We stand in awe among these giant trees that are thousands of years old and are reminded about the importance of protecting our natural resources so that future generations can experience what John Muir called 'nature's forest masterpiece," National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said. He notes that the anniversary should serve as a reminder of the ancient treasures within the park.

Get food into the hands of needy children -- by going here --

In this Aug. 27, 2009 photo, giant sequoias dwarf a cabin in the upper Mariposa Grove at Yosemite Na

In this Aug. 27, 2009 photo, giant sequoias dwarf a cabin in the upper Mariposa Grove at Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park is celebrating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Yosemite Grant Act, Monday, June 30, 2014, which protected Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. The event will include a groundbreaking ceremony for a project to restore Mariposa Grove, which consists of 500 mature giant sequoia trees that are among the oldest living organisms in the world.


The world has Abraham Lincoln to thank for the preservation of the park into the 21st Century. It was Lincoln who signed the Yosemite Grant Act on June 30, 1864, in the midst of the Civil War.

This undated photo shows a precipitous photographer in the Yosemite Valley in California.

This undated photo shows a precipitous photographer in the Yosemite Valley in California.


The act protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove "for public use, resort and recreation." The law was the first in American history that set aside a scenic natural area.
 
This photo, from the early 1900

This photo, from the early 1900's, shows the Yosemite Park stagecoach.


It must be noted that the trees in Yosemite are far older than 150 years. Scientists believe the park's most famous tree, the Grizzly Giant, is about 1,800 years old, give or take a few centuries.

The grove restoration project, approved in December 2013, is a $36 million project paid for through $20 million in private contributions raised by the Yosemite Conservancy and $16 million from the National Park Service.

President Kennedy is greeted by enthusiastic vacationers when he arrived for an overnight stay on Au

President Kennedy is greeted by enthusiastic vacationers when he arrived for an overnight stay on August 21, 1962.


As part of conservation efforts, a parking lot that threatens the trees' roots will be moved to another area and replaced with footpaths, among other changes to the park.

The work will happen in phases over several years.

"The project will restore much of the Mariposa Grove to its natural state, so that visitors will be able to experience one of the world's most inspiring natural cathedrals in a more serene setting," the conservancy's president, Mike Tollefson, says.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2016
Universal:
Human Solidarity: That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices: That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.



Comments


More Green

Is The Big One going to strike California TOMORROW? Watch

Image of Is The Big One about to hit California?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

With the latest data on the San Andreas fault, it feels certain that California is about to experience The Big One. (Like tomorrow!) But is that what the data really shows? LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The world's most famous fault is the San Andreas. The ... continue reading


Potentially lethal heatwave grips Southwest as temperatures sizzle 25 degrees above summer normal Watch

Image of The extended heatwave is expected to shatter records, and could claim lives as the region withers.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A massive heat wave will envelop the American southwest this week, and into the foreseeable future, as California is warned to expect blackouts. The danger from this record breaking heatwave is extreme and people are urged to take precautions. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Have hackers disrupted volcano data for Pacific Northwest? Watch

Image of Why did the public lose access to critical public safety data?

By Tony Johnson (California Network)

Unexpectedly, on June 17, 2016, hundreds of seismographs that cover the State of Oregon and Washington, including the PNW volcanoes, became inaccessible[2] with no explanation.  All of these seismograph stations are under the management of the Pacific Northwest ... continue reading


SORRY DUDE! Great white sharks appear in massive numbers off California coast, beaches closed Watch

Image of Look Ma! No cavities!

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Californians love their beaches, and few things can keep them out of the water, especially in the summer. Unfortunately, one of those things is appearing in greater numbers -sharks. And not just any sharks, but great whites. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The ... continue reading


Is the public being put in dark about Mt. St. Helens and other volcanoes as danger grows? Public now cut off from critical data Watch

Image of Why is information being kept from the public?

By Tony Johnson (California Network)

Just as spectrograph activity of volcanoes Rainier, Baker, Newberry, Three Sisters, and Crater Lake in the Pacific Northwest began to increase on June 13, 2016, the website HTML display code was changed to blank any public viewing of the data.  This raises a ... continue reading


Mystery of milky-white Kalama River may be solved Watch

Image of The Kalama River turned milky-white in 2015. The cause has remained a mystery until now.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Independent testing found a milky white substance colored the Kalama River just after a long lasting deluge engulfed Mt. St. Helens in October 2015. Unlike the milky coloring change of the Kalama River in 1980, and 2004, this time Mt. St. Helens remained quiet. What ... continue reading


Iceland discovers way to trap CO2, could save the world from global warming Watch

Image of Scientists in Iceland have found a way to turn CO2 into rock.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists in Iceland have found a way to save the world from carbon dioxide by converting the compound into rocks that can be buried deep underground. If the process can be made inexpensive, it could be a tool we use in the fight against global warming. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Why does the Kalama River turn white? Scientists can't explain this one weird thing that happens before Mt. St. Helens erupts - but here's a possible answer (PHOTOS) Watch

Image of First the Kalama River runs white, then Mt. St. Helens erupts.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Geologists are curious to see if a peculiar precursor to a Mt. St. Helens eruption occurs again. According to local observations, the Kalama River turns milky just before the volcano erupts. This phenomenon was observed in 1980, 2004, and in 2015 and has no confirmed ... continue reading


What the USGS isn't telling you about Mt. Hood - Mt Hood a time bomb? A 'Silent' intrusion of magma? Watch

Image of Something is happening beneath Mt. Hood. Should we be alarmed?

By Posted by Marshall Connolly (California Network)

Mount Hood possibly may be at risk for a Phreatic steam-explosion induced eruption that gives no-warning. Magma may have well intruded to shallow levels at Mount Hood. In this case, geologists may have "no warning" to an eruption from this 'silent' intrusion of ... continue reading


Goodbye El Nino! Hello La Nina! What does this mean for the Atlantic Hurricane season? Watch

Image of One impact La Nina has is a more active Atlantic hurricane season.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Goodbye El Nino! The monster heating anomaly in the tropical Pacific has abated and experts now believe a La Nina event, the cool sister of El Nino, will come to dominate the tropical Pacific for at least the next year to come. It has implications for the United ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Amos 2:6-10, 13-16
6 Yahweh says this: For the three crimes, the four crimes of Israel, I ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 50:16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23
16 But to the wicked, God says: 'What right have you to recite my ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 8:18-22
18 When Jesus saw the crowd all about him he gave orders to leave for the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for June 27th, 2016 Image

St. Cyril of Alexandria
June 27: St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the ... Read More