Project Description: The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias was protected for “public use and enjoyment” in 1864 as a part of the Yosemite Grant. For over 150 years people have visited this grove of sequoias, causing significant damage to the health of the grove by construction of roads and trails. The NPS will undertake a significant rehabilitation project 2014-2016 to improve the health of the forest and the visitor experience. Volunteers will be working on the first phase of the Mariposa Grove rehabilitation. This project will involve removing several miles of paved road and a parking area through the Grove, building accessible trails, building fencing, and restoration work where roads and trails are removed. Volunteers will be involved in removing roadbed materials, building fences, and constructing or repairing trails. The work will involve heavy lifting and difficult shovel work.
Hosting Organization: National Park Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 4 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Strenuous
Minimum Age: 18
Area and Attractions: Yosemite National Park is world-famous for its soaring granite cliffs, tall waterfalls, and towering Giant Sequoia trees. This project will take place in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Sequoias are the largest trees on Earth
Accommodations: Car-Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in car camping tent sites at Wawona Campground. Each campsite has food storage lockers, a campfire ring, picnic tables, and flush toilets. Showers will be available at the end of trip. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, eating utensils/bowl, and personal items.
Climate Information: August in the southern part of Yosemite can be quite warm, but temperatures are moderated by the high elevation at 5,000 to 7,000 feet. Day time temperatures average about 80 degrees, and night about 50 degrees. There may be afternoon rain, but otherwise it is typically dry.
Travel Information: No airport pickup provided for this trip. The closest airport is Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 12