The Yosemite Climbing Association and the National Park Service have held their Yosemite Facelift volunteer effort for 16 years in a row now. And being that Wild Tribute was founded on the grounds of Yosemite National Park, it gives us great pride to be able to support this amazing space and be a part of this huge undertaking of public service. Established as an event to occur each fall to remove trash and debris from around the park after a busy summer season, it’s the largest organized volunteer effort in any National Park.
Volunteers work throughout the park by cleaning roadways, river corridors, trails, climbing routes, camp sites, lodging areas, and parking lots. More than 3000 people donate over 11,000 hours of their time and remove over 14,000 pounds of trash on average. You read that right, 7 tons of trash. This is a true “hands on” way of benefitting the park, but we all together need to do better by our treasured open spaces.
Every year, the Yosemite Climbing Association partners with the National Park Service and multiple industry sponsors to host Facelift, a service event during which volunteers clean up Yosemite National Park and promote climbers' and visitors' stewardship of Yosemite and our beloved public lands.