||The primary goals of the Mariposa Grove EIS are to restore giant sequoia habitat and the natural processes that are critical to the long-term health of trees, and to improve the overall experience for visitors to the grove. Other goals are to protect special status species, enhance sustainability, improve visitor education and way-finding, improve visitor and employee safety, and protect cultural resource values throughout the design process. To achieve these goals, the Mariposa Grove DEIS presents and analyzes four alternatives, including a No Action Alternative. Alternative 2 (Preferred) would remove the parking lot and gift shop in the lower grove, remove the commercial tram operation and restore areas to natural conditions. A new transportation hub would be established near the South Entrance station that includes a visitor contact area with information and comfort facilities. Visitors would arrive to the lower grove by shuttle bus. Accessible pathways would be constructed, and a pedestrian trail would be established between the South Entrance station and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.