Robin and Nancy Wainwright shunned a lucrative offer for 400 acres on the western edge of Yosemite National Park and instead sold Ackerson Meadow to the Trust for Public Land for $2.3 million, which donated the land to the National Park Service on Sept. 7. â€œTo have that accessible by everyone to me is just a great thing,â€ Wainwright said. â€œIt was worth losing a little bit of money for that.â€ The meadow was acquired with $1.53 million in funding from The Trust for Public Land and $520,000 from the nonprofit Yosemite Conservancy with additional support from National Park Trust and American Rivers. â€œDonating the largest addition since 1949 to one of the worldâ€™s most famous parks is a great way to celebrate the 100th birthday of our National Park Service and honor John Muirâ€™s original vision for the park. We are delighted and proud to make this gift to Yosemite and the people of America,â€ said Will Rogers of The Trust for Public Land.
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