Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias - Yosemite National Park
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is the largest grove of giant sequoia trees inside Yosemite National Park, with over 500 mature trees in the grove. Most of these trees are over 2,000 years old. The idea of protecting natural resources and the idea of national parks is rooted in the history of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act in 1864 to protect the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoais and Yosemite Valley for all people, for all time. The Mariposa Grove became the first place in the world set aside for preservation and recreational enjoyment.The Washington Tree is the largest tree in the grove, with a volume of 35,950 cubic feet (1,018 m3). The Grizzly Giant is the second largest Giant Sequoia tree in the Mariposa Grove and is one of the 30 largest trees in the world. It is 34,010 cubic feet (963m3) and stands 210 feet tall. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is also home of the Columbia Tree, the Tallest Tree in the grove at 285 feet tall.