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Habitat & Vegetation Overview

The plants of Yosemite National Park are diverse and complex and are a significant part of the exquisite beauty and biological diversity of the park. The combination of climate, topography, moisture, and soils influence the distribution of plant communities across an elevation gradient from 1,800 feet (549 m) to over 13,000 feet (3,900 m). Vegetation zones (see map) range from scrub and chaparral communities at lower elevations, to subalpine forests and alpine meadows at the higher elevations. There are 800 miles of trails in Yosemite, which provide access for exploring the different vegetation zones.

Vegetation Zones Overview

  • Foothill Woodland Zone
  • Lower Montane Forest
  • Upper Montane Forest
  • Subalpine Forest
  • Alpine Zone

    Exotic Plants
    Yosemite National Park has documented more than 130 non-native plant species within ...

    Special-Status Plants
    The vegetation in Yosemite contains at least 1,374 vascular plant species along with numerous ...

    Tree Hazard Management
    Diseases, insects, soil moisture, wind, fire, and snow combine with human activities to ...

    Wetlands
    ... Wetlands in Yosemite occur in valley bottoms throughout the park, and are often hydrologically linked to ...

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