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February 28, 2013

$15M Yosemite improvement would eliminate tram, shop, parking lots

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A grove of ancient giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park is no place for a tram ride, gift shop and asphalt parking lots, say officials who are looking to have them removed.

Park officials on Tuesday released a draft environmental study on the effects of an estimated $15 million worth of improvements at Yosemite's popular Mariposa Grove. The proposal includes getting rid of the tram ride, shop and parking lots — changes designed to restore the habitat for the nearly 500 giant sequoias there.

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