Mariposa Grove, Yosemite’s haven for giant sequoias, restored and ready for visitors
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Posted by: Dana Walker
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Sue Beatty stood underneath the towering giant sequoias of
the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park this week, but instead of looking up, she focused on a trickling creek and moist grasses underneath the massive trunks.
The vegetation and fresh water, said the park’s restoration ecologist, are the lifeblood of the fabled grove, the crowning achievement of the just-completed three-year, $40 million restoration that is supposed to protect nearly 500 ancient trees from tourists, car exhaust and too much love.
Burbling water, willows, sedges, dogwoods, lupine and flowering rhododendrons are what people will see amid the trees instead of the gift shop, people-moving trams and 3-acre, 115-space parking lot that were taken out during the restoration. The new configuration replaced asphalt around the famed Texas Tree with a small path connecting to a half-mile wheelchair-accessible loop trail.