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Sequoia NF Invites Public to Review Draft Assessment

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The forest plan revision process is grounded in science and public input, and seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of our rural communities. It will provide opportunities for public involvement and collaboration throughout all stages of the planning process, as well as opportunities for Tribal consultation and coordination with state and local governments and other federal agencies.

The revision process involves three phases: assessment of forest resource condition and trend, development of a revised plan, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of plan direction. Each phase will include opportunities for public participation and collaboration.

As part of the current assessment phase, the Sequoia National Forest has developed the Draft Assessment and made it available for review and feedback on the Sequoia National Forest website, www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sequoia/ForestPlanRevision . Input can be provided on the electronic form provided on this webpage, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by hard copy delivered to 1839 South Newcomb St., Porterville, CA 93257. The Sequoia National Forest encourages feedback on this Draft Assessment through October 16th, 2013.Workshops and a webinar will be held for anyone interested in learning more about the Draft Assessment for the Sequoia National Forest. Each workshop will consist of presentations and opportunities for questions regarding the various resources included in the assessment.· Friday, September 27th, Webinar (for those unable to attend a meeting), 10:00 a.m.–noon.· Tuesday, October 1st, Forest Supervisor's Office, 1839 So. Newcomb St., Porterville, 6:00-8:00 p.m.· Thursday, October 3rd, Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, 6:30-8:30 p.m.These meetings will build on conversations from earlier meetings and allow participants to discuss the Draft Forest Assessment in greater detail with members of the Sequoia’s forest plan revision team. During the draft assessment phase of the Forest Plan Revision process, the public is encouraged to share key information on social, economic, and ecological conditions missing from the draft assessment and raise specific interests or expected changes or trends in the condition of forest resources over the next 10-20 years.Please contact Maria Ulloa, Forest Planner, at 559-784-1500, extension 1160, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information about the draft assessment, meetings, or to register for the webinar; we will need your e-mail address if you wish to attend the webinar. More information on Forest Plan Revision is available on the Sequoia National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sequoia/ForestPlanRevision

 

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John Stewart

Labor Day Travelers Please Come Prepared

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Continued high temperatures and low moisture mean fire restrictions are still in effect prohibiting campfires. Stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed only in authorized campsites if the operator possesses a valid California Campfire Permit. Free campfire permits and a list of these authorized locations are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia/ or at any Forest Service office. Visitors, especially those who plan to stay overnight, should come prepared for inclement weather; an unexpected storm is not uncommon late in the summer. Storms can bring gusts of cold temperatures, lightning, and sporadic showers that could dampen a visitor’s weekend. Please come prepared with warm blankets, extra food and water, and let someone know of your travel plans. In order to ensure a camping spot, advanced reservations are recommended by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on the World Wide Web at www.recreation.gov Dispersed camping is available most anywhere in the National Forest. Remember to “Pack it in, pack it out” meaning that if you bring it with you, you need to be prepared to take it home. For more site specific information please call the following Forest offices…· Hume Lake Ranger District, Dunlap (559) 338-2251 · Western Divide Ranger District, Springville (559) 539-2607· Kern River Ranger District, Kernville (760) 376-3781· Kern River Ranger District, Lake Isabella (760) 379-5646· Sequoia National Forest, Porterville (559) 784-1500

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Sequoia Forest Plan Meetings Set

The first public meetings were held in February 2013 for anyone interested in learning more about the Forest Plan Revision process. Each workshop consisted of presentations and opportunities for questions regarding the Forest Plan revision process.

Two public workshops and a webinar scheduled to be held in July 2013. These meetings will build on conversations from earlier meetings and allow participants to discuss the forest assessment topics in greater detail with members of the Sequoia forest plan revision team.

Tuesday, July 9th, Forest Supervisor's Office, 1839 So. Newcomb St., Porterville 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 10th, Webinar (for those unable to attend a meeting), 10:00 a.m.-noon. Thursday, July 11th, Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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Fire restrictions set for Sequoia National Forest and Monument

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Beginning June 26, no campfires will be allowed anywhere on the forest. Stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves that use gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be allowed only in authorized campsites if the operator possesses a valid California Campfire Permit.  A list of these authorized locations is available online here. The list includes most campsites, the Jennie Lakes Wilderness, the Golden Trout Wilderness, and the Dome Land Wilderness. Campfire permits and a list of areas allowing stoves on the Sequoia National Forest may also be obtained at Forest Service visitor information desks. When using a stove, remember to clear all flammable material five feet in all directions from the stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when in use.

Operating an internal combustion engine outside properly designated roads or trails, welding, and using explosives will all be strictly prohibited during these increased restrictions. If riding a motorized vehicle on trails, ensure your engine is tuned, operating properly, and has an approved spark arrester. Smoking will only be allowed in enclosed vehicles and within authorized recreation sites.

Brent Skaggs, Forest Fire Management Officer, stated, “Forest fuel moisture is at a level we usually don’t see until much later in the summer, and it will take everyone’s diligence to prevent wildfires.”

These restrictions will remain in place until the end of the fire season, normally in late autumn.   Anyone causing a wildfire could be liable for all costs associated with suppressing the fire. Visitors to Forest Service and adjacent BLM and Park Service lands need to carefully follow each agency’s current fire restrictions.  If you spot a fire, call 911.

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Sequoia National Forest to hold public meetings

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As part of the current assessment phase, the Forest Service has developed a series of topic papers and made them available for review and feedback in the Living Assessment WIKI on Our Forest Place, www.ourforestplace.ning.com.  On the Our Forest Place website, click Living Assessment at the top of the page. On the Living Assessment page, click Assessment Chapters on the left side of the page or at the bottom of the page. The next page lists the topic papers by chapters, and by the area they cover (Bio-region, Sierra NF, Sequoia NF, Inyo NF). Clicking on the Sequoia NF link will take you to the topic paper for that chapter specific to the Sequoia National Forest. Input can be provided through the Living Assessment WIKI, or by hardcopy or e-mail, delivered to 1839 South Newcomb St., Porterville, CA  93257, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The topic papers are available for public review and feedback through July 31, 2013Workshops and a webinar will be held for anyone interested in learning more about the topic papers for the Sequoia National Forest. Each workshop will consist of presentations and opportunities for questions regarding the various topic papers and the Forest Plan revision process.·        Tuesday, July 9, Forest Supervisor's Office, 1839 So. Newcomb St., Porterville, 6:00-8:00 p.m.·        Wednesday, July 10, Webinar (for those unable to attend a meeting), 10:00 a.m.–noon.·        Thursday, July 11, Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, 6:00-8:00 p.m. These meetings will build on conversations from earlier meetings and allow participants to discuss the forest assessment topics in greater detail with members of the Sequoia Forest Plan Revision team. During this assessment phase of the Forest Plan Revision process, the public can share key information they have about the forest and raise specific interests and concerns. Please contact Maria Ulloa, Forest Planner, at 559-784-1500, extension 1160, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information about the topic papers, meetings, or to register for the webinar. More information on Forest Plan Revision is available on the Sequoia National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sequoia/ForestPlanRevision

 

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Giant Sequoia Inventory Scheduled

Volunteers needed to help with inventory

The Sequoia National Forest is beginning the inventory of the giant sequoia groves located on the Giant Sequoia National Monument.  This inventory will complete an existing inventory that began in 1998 but was never finalized.  The information from this inventory will update the information we have collected over the years regarding overall the number and type of trees in giant sequoia groves, the size of these trees, the fuel-buildup of small and dead trees in giant sequoia groves, and the makeup of vegetation for wildlife habitat in these groves.

It has taken many years for the forest to be able to obtain funding to complete this inventory, originally identified as a desired goal in the 1990 Mediated Settlement Agreement that provided interim direction for the Sequoia National Forest under the 1988 Sequoia National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.  The Forest inventoried approximately half (50%) of the giant sequoia groves from 1998 to 2004 before stopping the inventory project.  Funding to complete the inventory was not obtained until this year.  Completing the giant sequoia inventory will provide information that will be utilized as we develop the Giant Sequoia Environmental Impact Statement and subsequent management plan.  It is important the Forest accomplish the giant sequoia grove inventory for the Giant Sequoia National Monument Plan this year.

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