For many, a trip to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visitors to the Grove remark on having visited a spiritual cathedral and of being humbled by the sheer grandeur of these ancient sequoia trees.
The project to restore Mariposa Grove is an ambitious, multiyear partnership between Conservancy donors and the National Park Service to preserve these majestic trees and reverse 150 years of development by balancing visitor needs with ecological protection. This year marked a significant milestone for the project when ground was broken as part of a joint National Park Service and Conservancy celebration for the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act on June 30, 2014.
The Restoration is Underway
Trail crews have started work on a new, accessible trail from the Grizzly Giant to the California Tunnel Tree that will greatly enhance access and allow visitors to admire the giant sequoias without affecting fragile habitat.
Visitors can see the remarkable historic rehabilitation of Wawona Point, recently completed in 2014. Work included removal of remnant asphalt, rock work repairs and restoring native plants.
Preparations are underway to relocate the lower Grove parking lot and completely transform the area to re-establish giant sequoia habitat and provide a more welcoming, immersive visitor experience. This year, native plant seeds are being collected in order to restore native species to the lower Grove in 2015.
Up to 2,000 Years to Grow a Similar Tree
It is hard to comprehend, but if one of these trees topples, it would take up to 2,000 years to grow a similar tree in its place. With your continued support, we can restore Mariposa Grove for future generations.