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The first legislation to protect California’s Yosemite Valley, the Yosemite Land Grant, was signed on June 30, 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.  Galen Clark - an early champion of Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoias of Mariposa Grove - was instrumental in creating the legislation and later served as one of the park’s first guardians.  (He is just barely visible at the base of this massive Sequoia tree)

Photograph of Galen Clark with Rifle at the Base of a Big Tree in Mariposa Grove, California

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