Yosemite sequoia grove to receive $24M restoration

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Updated: 11/10/2013 10:18 pm

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park officials are moving forward on a $24-million plan to remove parking lots and roads that abut Mariposa Grove, an ancient collection of humongous sequoias.

The Fresno Bee reports that the National Park Service could start work on removing asphalt and a gift shop from the grove in southern Yosemite as early as next summer.

Yosemite botanist Lisa Acree says the giant trees send out thousands of seeds each year, but many are landing on asphalt rather than soil.

The restoration plan, expected to be finalized in December, would remove pavement from the base of the large trees in the south end of the park.

An estimated $20 million is expected to be raised by the Yosemite Conservancy, with the remainder coming from federal funds.

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