Press Release Oct 31, 2013

National Parks Group Applauds Preservation and Accessibility in Yosemite's Final Mariposa Grove Plan

Statement by Neal Desai, Director of Field Operations for the Pacific Region, National Parks Conservation Association

“The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) supports Yosemite National Park’s preferred alternative, released today in the final environmental Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias plan. The preferred alternative strikes a sound balance between keeping the park’s beloved giant sequoias accessible to the more than one million people who visit the grove each year, while restoring and protecting these precious natural wonders for the long-term. The proposed actions will inspire stewardship of our country’s special places for the benefit of ours and future generations.”

“This overdue plan provides resilience to the big trees by restoring wetland habitat and natural hydrology that sustains the grove for the long term. With its plan to replace the outdated tram system with new trail systems and transit services, Yosemite National Park is taking positive steps to prevent further degradation of the massive, ancient giant sequoia trees while diminishing noise in an area where natural quiet is a cherished gift. NPCA also applauds plans to improve accessibility through road access and a new trail that complies with ADA regulations.”

“Yosemite National Park will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year; the final Mariposa Grove proposal responds to the public’s expectations that the Park Service ensure these beloved, ancient giant sequoia trees are managed to invite and inspire all Americans for generations to come.”


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