Sequoia National Monument Management Plan

Scoping Alert

PLEASE ATTEND A SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT PLAN HEARING!

IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND, WRITE COMMENTS!

JULY 24, 2001 DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS


The development of a management plan for the Giant Sequoia National Monument has begun....

Please participate to be sure our vision for permanent Giant Sequoia protection is not eroded or lost through the wrong kind of management!

SCOPING PROCESS BEGINS...PLEASE ATTEND!!!

The Forest Service has begun the scoping process for the Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan. This is the first step in the process, where public comments are solicited on what the plan should cover and address.

Your participation by attending one of the meetings below and speaking out, or writing a letter, is critical to this process! The scoping document the Forest Service has distributed already assumes certain management directions for the MonumentŠwithout any review by the public or the Scientific Advisory Committee! Also, as you no doubt know, our opponents are clamoring to reduce the size of the Monument, and increase inappropriate uses such as off-road vehicles and logging in the name of "fire risk reduction".

To get a copy of the scoping document, see the website, www.r5.fs.fed.us/giant_sequoia, or call (559) 784-1500.

KEY POINTS TO MAKE IN YOUR COMMENTS:

* The time period to review and comment on the scoping document is too short. Ask for a 90-day extension period.

* Ask that the scoping document be redone, appending a full copy of the Presidential Proclamation that created the monument, as that is the key guide to the purpose and management of the Monument.

* Tell the Forest Service that no boundary changes should be made to the Monument. All areas are fully justified by the ecological elements, including flora and fauna, to be preserved in the Monument.

* Express your concern that the scoping document contains many assumptions about management direction that should be addressed with many options in the EIS, not as a "done deal" in scoping. Examples of these include specific recommendations of where trails should be located, maps of grove boundaries without a clear definition of a "grove" being determined, suggestions about different management regimes for specific groves, etc. The scoping document should look at all issues to be addressed-not indicate specific actions to be taken!

* The definition for a Giant Sequoia grove should be determined through collaboration of the interagency Giant Sequoia Committee, with involvement by the GSNM Scientific Advisory Committee. It should not be determined by the Forest Service alone.

* Express concern about overlapping management regimes from the Sierra Forest Plan Amendment (Sierra Framework) and the Giant Sequoia Management Plan. Management of the Giant Sequoia Monument should always be at least as protective, and in some areas should be more protective, than the Sierra Framework guidelines, since its primary purpose is protection in perpetuity of the unique ecosystems within the Monument boundaries.

* The Scientific Advisory Board should have the opportunity to propose a full range of management and research options for all aspects of the management plan. They should not simply react to Forest Service documents that have not been submitted to scientific or public review such as the cited draft report, "Defining Ecological Zones of Influence for Giant Sequoia Groves on the Sequoia National Forest," or to pre-determined mapped management areas.

* While the management plan is being developed, the Forest Service should carry out no projects within Monument boundaries that will in any way foreclose options for management and protection of the Monument, except if there is a direct danger to life and property.

* The Monument should have its own Supervisor who reports directly to the Secretary of Agriculture.

* Add any important points about why and how you feel the Giant Sequoia National Monument should be protected, special areas important to you, etc.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO ENSURE JOHN MUIR'S VISION FOR THE GIANT SEQUOIAS IS FINALLY REALIZED!!!!!

PLEASE ATTEND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC COMMENT MEETINGS:

ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD FROM 3:30 P.M. TO 8: 30 P.M.

Tuesday, July 10, 2001:

Los Angeles River Center and Gardens Doubletree Inn 570 West Avenue Twenty-six 2001 Point West Way Los Angeles, CA 90065 Sacramento, CA 95815 (323) 221-9939 (916) 929-8855

Thursday, July 12, 2001:

Clovis Veterans Memorial Building Doubletree Inn 453 Hughes Street 3100 Camino Del Rio Ct. Clovis, CA 93612 Bakersfield, CA (559) 299-0471 (661) 323-7111

Monday, July 16, 2001:

Porterville Veterans Memorial Building 1900 West Olive Ave. Porterville, CA 93257 (559) 781-7963

IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND A MEETING, SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS BY JULY 24 TO:

Jim Whitfield, GSNM Team Leader Sequoia National Forest 900 West Grand Ave. Porterville, CA 93257

Barbara Boyle
Sierra Club
Sr. Regional Representative, CA/NV/HI
1414 K St. #300
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1100 x. 105
(916) 557-9669 fax
barbara.boyle@sierraclub.org

California Wilderness Coalition
2655 Portage Bay East, Suite 5
Davis, CA 95616
(530)-758-0380 fax (530)-758-0382
e-mail: info@calwild.org
http://www.calwild.org

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