SEQUOIA, Calif. — A newspaper reports Verizon Wireless has won federal approval to build a 138-foot (42-meter) cellular tower in California's Sequoia National Park to improve phone service in the remote region.
The Fresno Bee reports Thursday that the tower will be a "monopine" design intended to disguise it as a pine tree. It will be built near Wuksachi Village, a developed commercial area.
The approval comes after a monthlong public comment period last year during which a majority of commenters opposed the tower. Opponents say adding cell service in the park could detract from one of the main reasons many people visit in the first place: solitude.
It would be the first such installation inside Sequoia. Neighboring Kings Canyon National Park has a tower also licensed to Verizon.
Farther north in Yosemite National Park, there are nine towers.
Yosemite National Park's Firefall lasted about only 20 minutes, however, for many visitors who make the painstaking trip, it's lasting memory to see a true spectacle of Mother Nature.