When many people think about UC Merced, they always wonder where it is located at. Most people just say it is located in the central valley and it is only surrounded by cows. However, the way I look at it as is that Yosemite national park is UC Merced’s backyard. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful world heritage site so close to us. There are many aspects to this site that allow UC Merced students to explore. For example, its vast land is good for all kinds of research. Also, it allows students to do internships in all areas of the park regulation offices.
Now let’s talk about the history of this land. The name Yosemite derived from the story of a young man going fishing at the Lake of Sleeping Water. There he encountered a grizzly bear and battled the bear. In the end he was severely wounded, yet victorious. Due to this the young man got the name Yosemite and so did his tribe, because Yosemite means grizzly bear. Many Native American tribes lived there, such as the Paiutes, Ahwahneechee, and Miwoks. The Ahwahneechee were the main tribe of the valley.
Lastly, Yosemite’s beautiful landscape definitely plays a huge role towards this site becoming a world heritage site. Its beauty meets the seventh criteria and its glaciation effects meet the eighth criteria. The eighth criteria required the site to show a special moment in history and Yosemite did that through its glaciation effects, through the tribes that lived there, and through John Muir. The site is much more than just tangible heritage, because it has a lot of history and personal ties with everyone that has visited the site.