This week marks the 150th “birthday” of America’s Yosemite National Park in California. On June 30, 1864, the U.S. Congress enacted the Yosemite Grant Act, which established California’s first State Park and designated the first “protected wild land for all time,” preserving the land for future generations. Amazingly, the bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in the middle of the U.S. Civil War.
In 1906, conservationist John Muir persuaded President Theodore Roosevelt to camp in Yosemite for three days. Roosevelt subsequently signed a bill to convert Yosemite into a larger, unified National Park.
Today, Yosemite is recognized for its towering granite cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, giant Sequoia redwood trees and diverse wildlife. The United States has 59 national parks in 27 states. Internationally, more than 1,000 World Heritage Sites have been designated for their cultural or physical significance by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Yosemite was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
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