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National Park Service recommends removal of 72 Curry Village buildings over rockfall concerns

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The National Park Service says the removal of 72 buildings in Curry Village will maximize public safety.
National Park Service photo The National Park Service says the removal of 72 buildings in Curry Village will maximize public safety.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- The National Park Service is recommending the removal of 72 buildings, including rustic cabins built in the 1920s and the Foster Curry Cabin, in an area of Curry Village where a rock fall occurred in Oct. 2008.

Park officials hope to examine potential safety risks associated with unauthorized access to the closed-off zone as well as address the potential for further loss of historically significant buildings.

Removing all structures would entail documenting the historic buildings, salvaging historic materials for reuse, removing all buildings remaining in the rockfall zone, installing interpretive materials and allowing the area to return to its natural state.

Alternative options include:

- taking no action.

- keeping the majority of historic structures.

- retaining the most historically significant structures and representations of architectural types.

- keeping buildings with structural integrity and historic value.

The National Park Service has released the environmental assessment for the buildings; the documents will be available for public viewing and comments until Sept. 9. A digital version of the documents can be found on the National Park Service's planning website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CurryRockfall. The public is also invited to discuss the project with park staff on Aug. 31 at the park's monthly open house at the East Valley Auditorium behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

Comments may be submitted via postal service and postmarked by Sept. 9 to: Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, Attn: Curry Village Rockfall Hazard Zone Structures Project, PO Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389.

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