Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
The national park idea is rooted in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, located in the southern end of Yosemite National Park. Since it was first protected in 1864, it has been a primary destination for many. In 2011, we embarked on a plan to restore giant sequoia habitat in the Mariposa Grove. After a multi-year process with input from the public and staff, a final restoration plan was formalized through the Mariposa Grove Restoration Project Final Environmental Impact Statement at the end of 2013.
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The Mariposa Grove reopened in June, 2018, after being closed three years for restoration. Crews improved habitat for sequoias by removing parking lots and roads, and restoring the natural flow of water to the trees. Parking was relocated two miles away from the grove, and is connected by shuttle buses. The restoration also added accessible trails and improved bathrooms. This was the largest restoration project in the history of the park.
Last updated: November 7, 2018