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 May 6, 2005
Yosemite Falls restoration designed to improve popular tourist draw
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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. The highest waterfall in North America has become more tourist friendly.

A 13-point-five (m) million dollar restoration project of Yosemite Falls was unveiled yesterday. It includes wider trails and a larger viewing area.

The waterfall is among the most visited spots in Yosemite National Park, with officials saying three and a-half (m) million people visit it each year.

Not everyone is happy with the work.

One environmental group says the park will suffer from more tourists.

A spokeswoman for the group Friends of Yosemite Valley says the makeover is "way, way overdone" and "degrades the natural environment as well as the visitor's experience."

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