Patty Acosta of Cambria Grammar School in Cambria won the grand
prize in our Fourth Grade Essay Contest, with the following essay.
Michael Lant is her teacher.
John Muir, The Man Who Made a Difference
What do you think is the jewel of California? Many would agree Yosemite Park is one of the nicest places in our state if not the nation. This unique place is a U-shaped valley, carved by glacier ice millions of years ago. It is home for many special animals not found anywhere else. Yosemite is filled with beautiful trees like the Sequoia Giant; one of the tallest and largest trees on our planet. Thanks to one man, millions of people get to visit the park each year and are in awe of its beauty. We get to thank John Muir. John Muir worried that someday Yosemite would be destroyed. People were damaging the area. Lumbermen were cutting down trees to make lumber and left the hills and land bare. Farmers’ grazing sheep ate flowers and shrubs in the meadows. Settlers built houses and let their cattle and horses roam free eating na- tive grasses and polluting the clean water. Something had to be done! John Muir wrote articles to warn people about destroying forests. After a lot of hard work and persistence, he eventually met with President Roosevelt in Yosemite. In the spring of 1903, they camped together and talked about ways to save America’s wild lands. President Roosevelt supported the choice. The president would later sign a law making Yosemite National Park.
Even with all the obstacles and people against him, John Muir’s dream came true. He saved Yosemite! A place for all to enjoy!