Parks' Wilderness Plan now available


The National Park Service has completed the Wilderness Stewardship Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/FEIS) for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The plan is online at or on CD, available upon request by calling Nancy Hendricks, environmental protection specialist, at (559) 565-3102.

A printed version of the plan may be viewed at the Foothills Visitor Center (Sequoia National Park), Giant Forest Museum (Sequoia National Park), Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Kings Canyon National Park), and at the Three Rivers Library and other public libraries throughout the Central Valley,

The development of the WSP/FEIS, a multi-year process, has incorporated substantive input from the public, National Park Service and other wilderness managers, and subject matter specialists.  The plan will be used to protect the parks’ wilderness for the next 15 to 20 years, meeting the mandates of the Wilderness Act and other associated laws.

Goals of the plan include preserving wilderness character, to providing opportunities for and encourage public use and enjoyment of the wilderness, and improving conditions in areas where there may be unacceptable levels of impacts on wilderness character.

The implementation of changes from current wilderness practices and restrictions — especially changes that directly affect public use — will be phased in over the next few years. Some changes to take effect include the changing of the campfire elevation limit in the Kern River drainage from 10,400 feet to 10,000 feet (for the remainder of 2015, the limit will remain at 10,400 feet); changes in group size; overnight limits at specific locations; removal of food-storage boxes; stock feed requirements; implementation of the trail classification system; and changes in commercial service procedures.

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