Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park to undergo restoration

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A major restoration project is about to take place in Yosemite to protect the park’s largest grove of giant sequoias.

Mariposa Grove is home to about 500 giant sequoias, and more than a million people travel here to see them each year. But park officials say all of the traffic and concrete are taking a toll on the rare trees. So they’ll soon break ground on a project to bring the area back to its roots.

Giant sequoias are the trees people travel from around the world and across the country to see.

Charlie Alexander said, “I drove from Florida so I think it’s worth it for the drive, and it’s the most amazing thing you can see.”

Yosemite’s giant sequoias can grow as tall as a 19 story building and wider than a car. The largest one in the park, grizzly giant, is estimated to be about 2,000 years old.

Alaska resident, Mary Beth Gillespie said, “Oh it is amazing. I never thought that trees could be so big.”

Mariposa Grove is home to nearly 90 percent of the park’s giant sequoias, but the parking lot and tram roads that were built decades ago are now…

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