Yosemite Valley, CA– Yosemite National Park has extended the public scoping period for the Mariposa Grove Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The Mariposa Grove is the largest of the three giant sequoia groves in Yosemite and was part of the original Yosemite Grant signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
Now until February 3, 2012, the park is asking for the public to help park managers identify issues and concerns that they would like considered for preparation of the EIS.
The proposed plan aims to restore the Giant Sequoia habitat in the Mariposa Grove. This would be accomplished through a range of actions including restoring the natural hydrology within the grove, removing unnecessary infrastructure, realigning roads and trails in sensitive sequoia habitat, relocating the existing visitor parking, reducing visitor trampling of soils and vegetation around the giant Sequoias.
The public is invited to attend an Open House in Yosemite Valley at the Valley Visitor Center Auditorium on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Park staff will be present to provide information on the proposed project, and will be available to answer questions and accept comments.