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72 Structures Will Be Removed From Yosemite

Yosemite, CA — The National Park Service will be removing 72 structures in the Curry Village rockfall hazard zone. The area has been closed since the rockfall in October 2008, when the equivalent of 570 dump trucks of rock hit 17 cabins where youngsters on a field trip were staying. While there were no serious injuries, it did prompt officials to review the safety of the lodging.

National Park released a statement today that they are signing of the Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Project Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The park is taking Alternative 1, “Remove All Structures”

The structures are:

  • 44 bungalettes (hard-sided cabins without bath)
  • 22 bungalows (hard-sided cabins with bath)
  • 3 comfort stations (Nob Hill, Rock, Terrace)
  • Cabin 101 (Nob Hill Cabin)
  • Women’s Club/Terrace clubhouse
  • Foster Curry Bungalow/Tresidder House

According to Yosemite National Park Ranger Scott Gediman “There is no time line to remove the structures yet, this was just the first step to get the ball rolling.”  Some of the buildings could be relocated to the Curry village area.

Before removal occurs, the site and historic structures will be recorded through drawings, photographic and written documentation.

Information will be available at the park’s monthly Open House this Wednesday, February 29th, in the valley auditorium between 1- 5:00 PM. In addition to the Rockfall information, rehabilitation of the White Wolf campground (repairing and making the cabins handicap accessible) and the Half Dome Permits will be addressed. More about the Half Dome Permit in our article “Eliminate Permits For Hiking Half Dome?”