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Before and After Photos--non-Flash

Before and after view of cabin area in Giant Forest

Before and after view of cabin area in Giant Forest

NPS Photo

Photographs taken from the same location before and after restoration dramatically reveal the natural landscape that was obscured by buildings, roads, and parking lots. In areas where planting was conducted to restore vegetation, tree and shrub seedlings are visible in the photographs. In areas where natural regeneration was the sole means of restoring vegetation, recovery is slower: tiny tree and shrub seedlings are present in many locations but not yet visible in the photographs. Photograph locations are permanently marked, and restoration sites will be photographed for at least 10 years after restoration to visually record site recovery. See below for before-after photo sets.
 
Map showing location of before and after photos
Above map is keyed to before and after photos below. C1-5 corresponds to former campground photos. So. Puzzle corresponds to the area just south of Puzzle Corner. L1-5 corresponds to lodge area photos. K1-5 corresponds to the Kaweah/Market area photos.
NPS Graphic
 
Former Campground Area -- Series 1
 
Above is a restored roadbed (2004) in the former Sugar Pine Campground at the north end of the Giant Forest developed area.
Above is a restored roadbed (2004) in the former Sugar Pine Campground at the north end of the Giant Forest developed area.
NPS photos by Athena Demetry
 
Former Campground Area -- Series 2
 
Above is a restored roadbed (2004) in the former Sunset Campground at the north end of the Giant Forest developed area.
Above is a restored roadbed (2004) in the former Sunset Campground at the north end of the Giant Forest developed area.
NPS Photo by Athena Demetry
 
Former Campground Area -- Series 3
 
Above is a restored roadbed (2004) in the Sunset Campground at the north end of the Giant Forest developed area.
Above is a restored roadbed (2004) in the Sunset Campground at the north end of the Giant Forest developed area.
NPS Photo by Athena Demetry
 
Former Campground Area -- Series 4
 
This series demonstrates how road beds near the Puzzle Tree have been restored (2004).
This series demonstrates how road beds near the Puzzle Tree have been restored (2004).
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Former Campground Area -- Series 5
 
Above is the restored roadbed (2004) of the former Round Meadow loop road.
Above is the restored roadbed (2004) of the former Round Meadow loop road.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Area Just South of Puzzle Corner
 
Above is a restored roadbed (2004) in the quondam Paradise Campground at the north end of the Giant Forest developed area.
Above is a restored roadbed (2004) in the former Paradise Campground at the north end of the Giant Forest developed area.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Lodge Area -- Series 1
 
Above is a restored zone (2004) in the former Giant Forest Lodge area.
Above is a restored zone (2004) in the former Giant Forest Lodge area.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Lodge Area -- Series 2
 
A restored zone (2004) in the former Giant Forest Lodge area.
Above is a restored zone (2004) in the former Giant Forest Lodge area.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Lodge Area -- Series 3
 
Another dramatic transformation in the former Giant Forest Lodge area.
Another dramatic transformation in the former Giant Forest Lodge area.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Lodge Area -- Series 4
 
A restored area (2004) that once supported cabins (former Giant Forest Lodge area).
Above is a restored area (2004) that once supported cabins (former Giant Forest Lodge area).
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Lodge Area -- Series 5
 
Above is a restored stream (2004) near the former Giant Forest Lodge area.
Above is a restored stream (2004) near the former Giant Forest Lodge area.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Kaweah/Market Area -- Series 1
 
This series demonstrates how the Lower Kaweah rental cabin area is being restored.
This series demonstrates how the Lower Kaweah rental cabin area is being restored.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Kaweah/Market Area -- Series 2
 
A restored sewage treatment facility (2004) which formerly served the Giant Forest area.
Above is a restored sewage treatment facility (2004) which formerly served the Giant Forest area.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Kaweah/Market Area -- Series 3
 
A restored zone (2004) in the former Lower Kaweah visitor rental cabin area.
Above is a restored zone (2004) in the former Lower Kaweah visitor rental cabin area.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Kaweah/Market Area -- Series 4
 
A restored zone in the former Upper Kaweah Motel Unit area.
Above is a restored zone in the former Upper Kaweah Motel Unit area.
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry
 
Kaweah/Market Area -- Series 5
 
The Giant Forest Cafeteria before and after building removal (2004).
Above is the Giant Forest Cafeteria before and after building removal (2004).
NPS Photos by Athena Demetry

Did You Know?

Mineral King.

The Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park contains one of the finest examples of alpine karst topography in the United States. More than 30 caves, 15 springs, dozens of sinkholes, blind valleys, and sinking streams occur in this area.