01 Aug '11, 7pm

Yosemite Trees To Be Chopped Down For Prettier Views #parks #trees via @jaymiheimbuch

Yosemite Trees To Be Chopped Down For Prettier Views #parks #trees via @jaymiheimbuch

Sure, views are important when you're traveling to a location in no small part to take in those views, but to cut down the trees to ensure it? It's a rather unusual strategy. But it actually makes a lot of sense. The LA Times reports , "Yosemite was set aside as the nation's first national park in part because of the magnificent, wall-to-wall vistas afforded by its open meadows...Those open valley floors were maintained first by Native Americans who regularly set fires to clear trees, or by blazes sparked by lightning. Travelers in the 19th century grazed their livestock in the Yosemite Valley and planted crops, relegating trees to the edges of the meadows...But the park service moves quickly to stamp out fires that might otherwise thin the stands of trees that spread their seedlings into meadows. Some of those saplings are now towering to 100 feet, spoiling the party for ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/yosemite-trees-to...

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