Last week, Deanna Wulff was in Three Rivers to tell the story of the founding of Unite the Parks. The nonprofit’s mission is to upgrade the protection of 1.4 million acres of the Sierra National Forest.
Currently the director of Unite the Parks, Wulff said raising the status of these forest lands to a national monument makes perfect sense. It is right in the center of the two oldest national parks in California — Sequoia and Yosemite. Only Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, established in 1872, is older.
“What we would be creating is a landscape-wide protected area that would span three million acres when you include Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks,” Wulff said. “The longest interconnected wilderness in the lower 48 exists right now in the Sierra Nevada.”
Creating the monument would end activities like commercial logging and road-building in this area. The forest lands contain similar values as the neighboring national parks, Deanna said.
In her first 3RiversNews.com interview, Deanna explained the difference between the Forest Service lands and national parks and why it is imperative to protect the Sierra Nevada.
“A national monument is a designation that can be written to address the issues in the area, and that is what we hope to do,” Wulff said.
Video-editing by Ethan Paggi.