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Re: Seeing and recording Giant Sequoia trees (California)

Subject: Re: Seeing and recording Giant Sequoia trees (California)
From: "Dan Dugan" dandugan_1999
Date: Mon Aug 7, 2017 11:18 am ((PDT))
Dear Arnoud, you wrote,

> We are going to Yosemite in the beginning of October and I just read that=
 Mariposa Grove will
> be closed "untill fall 2017".
> I'm not sure what that means with regards to a specific date (I will sent=
 them a mail).

I think they=92re being vague because there=92s a short construction season=
 and it isn=92t predictable whether the contractors will be able to finish =
before winter stops work.

> What I want to know if anyone here has recorded there and if it's even po=
ssible with all the visitors.
> I'm not expecting pristine conditions or super quiet settings, because it=
's a park with roads.
> However is it worth the effort of trying?

I have been recording every year as a research project in the three sequoia=
 groves. This year Tuolumne Grove had so much water noise I could barely he=
ar birds at all. Merced Grove was ok, and Upper Mariposa Grove (by NPS rese=
arch permit and special arrangement with the contractor) was superb.

> Or should I take the time to go Sequoia National Park?

If Mariposa Grove reopens I highly recommend hiking up to the Museum buildi=
ng as early as you can. The roads up there are permanently closed to traffi=
c and few visitors walk that far that early.

Sequoia National Park is great, too. I=92ve recorded in Crescent Meadow, fo=
llowing the lead of Bernie Krause.


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