Sequoia Natural History Association, based in Ash Mountain, has merged with the Sequoia Parks Foundation, formerly based in Visalia, to create the newly named Sequoia Parks Conservancy. For many years, both groups have shared the common goal of preserving and enhancing the visitor experience in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks through funding, education, restoration, protection, and visitor services.
All programs and services of SNHA will remain, including its educational branch, the Sequoia Field Institute. The office will continue to operate at Ash Mountain and Mark Tilchen, executive director, will continue in that capacity.
The Sequoia Parks Foundation’s fundraising assistance previously included education, trails, and resource restoration. Some of their projects include Rangers in the Classroom outdoor education for students, upgrading some popular trail to ensure they are accessible to all, search-and-rescue fund donations, and assisting financially with the reintroduction of Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep to their historic grazing grounds, and funding the Wet Meadow restoration.
The SPC will continue its partnerships with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Devils Postpile National Monument, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Kaweah. A new website is online at www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org.