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Forest Visitor Center Destroyed

The much loved Schulman Grove Visitor Center in the White Mountains burned to the ground on September 4, 2008. The world popular attraction was built 10,000 feet high in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest to teach its visitors about the oldest living trees on Earth.

Old Schulman Grove Visitor Center
Photo courtesy Inyo National Forest

The log cabin structure was already completely destroyed when crews arrived. Lost are the interpretive exhibits, a small theater, and the books, maps and art work offered for sale by the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest remains open to the public to visit and explore and the Inyo National Forest website reports that staff will be available to assist the public. The Methuselah Trail, however, is temporarily closed, but the Discovery Trail remains open.

Also according to the website supporters are already "thinking and strategizing" on rebuilding the visitor center.