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Yosemite National Park in Sydney For Opening of World Famous Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias

March 27, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Mariposa Grove is a sequoia grove located in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park, near Wawona, California, United States,  It is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree. Two of its trees are among the 30 largest Giant Sequoias in the world.

The grove closed from 2015 to 2017 for a restoration project and is re-opening this fall.  The restoration of Mariposa Grove aims to preserve these majestic trees by balancing visitor needs with ecological protection.  Park ecologists, wildlife managers and others are working together to mitigate future impact to the trees, restore the grove’s ecosystem, protect wildlife and create an exceptional experience for park visitors.  The project will restore Giant Sequoia’s and associated wetland habitat and restore natural hydrology.

The Giant Sequoia named Grizzly Giant is between probably 1900–2400 years old: the oldest tree in the grove. In 1932, park officials claimed it as the fifth largest (by volume) tree in the world, but other trees were subsequently found to be larger. It has a volume of 34,010 cubic feet (963 m3), and is counted as the 25th largest tree in the world. It is 210 feet (64 m) tall, and has a heavily buttressed base with a basal circumference of 28 m (92 ft) or a diameter of 30 feet (9.1 m); above the buttresses at 2.4 m above ground, the circumference is only 23 m. Grizzly Giant’s first branch from the base is 2 m (6 ft) in diameter. Another tree, the Wawona Tree, had a tunnel cut through it in the nineteenth century that was wide enough for horse-drawn carriages and early automobiles to drive through. Weakened by the large opening at its base, the tree fell down in a storm in 1969.

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