Yosemite Valley Indian Village Restoration

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This project would improve visitor safety, enhance interpretive opportunities, and add to the aesthetic nature of the Yosemite Valley Indian Village. The park service proposes to remove invasive plants that have rooted throughout the village. Plant species used by American Indians (and by the park's American Indian Interpreters) would be placed in areas that have been overgrazed by deer or trampled by visitors. They would also remove the unsightly and dysfunctional above-ground sprinklers and replace them with a drip irrigation system. The proposal includes construction of a 30-foot fence to screen and organize the plastic-covered woodpiles. It would also replace a broken metal shed with a new wooden shed, which would match other buildings in the village.

Scope of Work:
•Remove sprinkler heads by capping off the old heads just below ground level.
•Retain anti-siphon valves, located behind the visitor center bathrooms. These valves would be used to install the drip irrigation system. One or two new valves may be needed. The drip system would provide water for establishing the new plants and during drought periods. It would also provide water to the more thirsty plants in the area that was first established as a wildflower garden.
•Remove invasive Himalayan Blackberry and establish new plants referenced on village interpretive signs or used by the American Indian Interpreters.
•Extend the rustic cedar log fence to control trampling.
•Construct a 32-foot grape-stake fence to hide the plastic covered wood piles.
•Construct a 4-foot by 9-foot wooden shed for the interpretive staff to store plant material in a space that is free from water and rodent damage. The shed would sit on top of pier blocks. Minimal digging would be needed for leveling purposes.
•Relocate the mistletoe interpretive sign to a location that faces the mistletoe.