By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A grove of giant sequoias that’s been growing for 3,000 years in Yosemite National Park may soon be even more peaceful. The National Park Service wants to restore natural streams in the area, remove man-made structures, relocate parking and roads and preserve the soil and vegetation around the ancient giants by re-routing trails in the Mariposa Grove.
For starters, the agency has launched a public scoping period on the plan, which is designed to try and identify broad-brush issues. The scoping started Aug. 31 and runs through Oct. 15. Get all the details on the project on this Yosemite National Park website.
The Mariposa Grove is the largest of the three giant sequoia groves in Yosemite National Park and was part of the original Yosemite Grant signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 (the rest of the grant included Yosemite Valley). It was the first time in the country’s history that a natural area was set aside for the benefit of future generations.
The giant sequoias are considered to be the largest living thing on the planet. Some are up to 35 feet in diameter and up to 300 feet in height. There are approximately 500 mature sequoia trees in the grove. They are found only on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in California, growing in a belt only about 15 miles mid and 260 miles long. In all, the groves cover about 35,000 acres. A fact sheet on the Mariposa Grove is online here. (more…)
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