Yosemite National Park set the precedent for all parks in the United States. The park was established in 1890 and although it is not the oldest national park, it paved the way for the National Park System. In 1849, Yosemite Valley, located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, began to receive many settlers, miners, and tourists to the region because of the California Gold Rush. This led to the damage of Yosemite Valley’s natural ecosystem. To prevent further destruction, conservationists urged President Abraham Lincoln to make Yosemite Valley a public trust of California. This was the first time that the U.S. government protected land with the purpose of allowing visitors to enjoy the land through recreational activities. The park covers an area of 748,436 acres, and it has an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet. Yosemite is known for its granite cliffs, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and streams. #yosemite #nature #biodiversity https://www.treehugger.com/impressive-facts-about-yosemite-national-park-5188785
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