Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 30, 2021

Yosemite Mariposa Grove Update 1/30/21

from Yosemite National Park 1/30/21
A significant Mono wind event occurred in Yosemite National Park on January 19, 2021. The winds caused damage to facilities throughout the park, but especially in the southern area of the park. In the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, at least 15 mature giant sequoias fell, although it’s believed none of the 15 named sequoias fell. Falling trees caused significant damage to the restroom and to the boardwalk.
As heartbreaking as this is for all of us, it is a reminder of the dramatic lives these quiet giants can live. Sometimes standing for 3,000 years or more they are witness to the full range of events that nature has to offer. With a variety of pest-resistant adaptations and resistance to fire, a mature sequoia tree almost always dies from toppling and this rot-resistant wood may lie quietly with us for centuries more.
There is currently no timeline for when the grove will reopen.

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