Restoration of Mariposa Grove

Restoration of Mariposa Grove

Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove is home to hundreds of mature giant sequoias. Those magnificent trees helped inspire the 1864 act that protected the grove and Yosemite Valley, planting the roots for the national park idea. A century and a half after that landmark legislation, however, human development had profoundly affected the grove. Pavement and heavily trodden trails had fragmented wetlands, diverting water and threatening the sequoias’ long-term health.

In 2014, with support from our donors, the park broke ground on a multiyear project to restore Mariposa Grove, with the goal of preserving a natural wonder and enhancing the experience of visitors for generations to come. For the past few years, the grove has been closed to the public to ensure visitor safety. During that time, crews have been transforming the grove, by removing asphalt, planting native vegetation, improving the trail system and developing new educational exhibits. Nearby, they created a welcoming plaza at the South Entrance, where people can park, learn about the sequoias, and take a seasonal shuttle to the trees. When Mariposa Grove reopens (expected in June 2018), you’ll be able to experience the majesty of the sequoias in an awe-inspiring setting that reflects the importance of this treasured place.

 

Restoration of Mariposa Grove

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