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Giant Sequoia National Monument; It's Business as Usual
by John Elliot
From the Kaweah Commonwealth, Friday April 21, 2000
Last Saturday, when Bill Clinton created Giant Sequoia National Monument with a stroke of his presidential pen, there was
no immediate change in how the 327,769 acres of Sequoia National Forest will be administered or managed. Even career Forest Service employees were
unclear as to what and when the so-called monumental changes would occur.
What is certain in the areas that border Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks, where thre's already confusion between national forest
and national park, monument status simply means business as usual. "In the past, the visitor would tell the entrance station ranger if they were
going to the park or the forest." said Mike Tollefson, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. "If the visitor was headed for the forest, they
would not be charged a fee." That policy ended in 1997. "Since we're already collecting the fee, we havent' had to make any changes,"Tollefson said.
What is changing, according to Tollefson, is that now the Grant Gove Visitor Center is slated to become " one of the first park/forest visitor centers."
The new facility will be staffed by park rangers and national monument personnel employed by the Forest Service.
Park and monument administrators hope that the new visitor center will help educate a public that already has problems with the distinctions between a national forest,
monument, and park, especially when they're all called "Sequoia."
According t oone Clinton Administration offical, an overwhelming majority of Californians are in favor of the national monument. Since much of te local tourist trade
comes from within California, Giant Sequoia National Monument could bring even more visitors to the area.
That's exactly what happened after Mineral King, a former part of Sequoia National Forest, become part of Sequoia National Park in 1978. The number of visitors, especially in the 1980's, increased
dramatically, but in the 1990s, decreased.
That decrease is due in part to the changing character of the local tourist who now demands more vacation in less time. For the informed traveler of the new millenium, two national parks,
and an adjacent national monument might prove an even more alluring attraction.
SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT POLITICAL CONTROVERSY
The Fresno Bee
Clinton may be planning announcement at Sequoia
By Michael Doyle
Bee Washington Bureau
(Published April 7, 2000)
WASHINGTON -- The White House is mulling a possible April 15 visit by President Clinton to
Sequoia National Forest, informed sources said Thursday.
Though nothing is final, and much remains secret, the potential visit would provide the occasion for
Clinton to declare a new Sequoia National Monument.
"I am very concerned that the White House is on the verge of making a decision on this monument,"
an angry Rep. Cal Dooley, D-Hanford, said Thursday. "I find that extremely disappointing, and it's
an ill-advised decision."
One option has Clinton appearing in Southern California on April 14 as part of a several-day
California trip that could include a quick swing to a scenic and snow-free Sequoia National Forest
campground. Environmentalists, mindful of Earth Day on April 22 and the April 21 birthday of
Sierra Club founder John Muir, have sought a monumental decision this month.
"The opportunity lies before us to protect for our children, our grandchildren and our
great-grandchildren some of the Earth's most magnificent species," Sierra Club president Carl Pope
said Wednesday on Capitol Hill, as he delivered 600,000 postcards favoring the sequoia
As part of the same campaign, the Natural Resources Defense Council released its latest survey,
taken April 1-3. Though two-thirds said they knew little or nothing of the Sequoia National
Monument proposal, the environmental group said the "instantly popular" idea drew the support of
"This might be very politically popular in San Francisco or Los Angeles, but they're totally oblivious
to the needs of the Central Valley," Dooley said.
Neither the White House nor other administration officials would publicly discuss or confirm the
president's travel schedule Thursday.
Across Capitol Hill, the question of timing does not undercut the common conviction that Clinton
will eventually designate the new monument.
Dooley, a White House ally on issues such as trade, has tried to postpone, scale back or secure
economic relief for those hurt by the expected designation. That included personal discussions
Wednesday night and Thursday with White House deputy chief of staff Maria Echaveste, and
Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman on Thursday.
Publicly, Dooley has joined a bill written by Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa, that would
delay designation of a Sequoia monument until at least next year.
Radanovich represents part of 1.2 million-acre Sequoia National Forest, whose already protected
sequoia groves cover about 20,000 acres.
Radanovich and Dooley worry the designated monument could span as many as 400,000 acres.
Whatever its size, administration officials say calling the forested land a monument shouldn't hurt
existing camps or most other forest users.
The last time a sitting president visited Sequoia National Forest was 1992, when George Bush
campaigned against Clinton.
Forest supervisor Art Gaffrey said Thursday he understands the Bush advance team was on the
ground for about six weeks before that visit, which Bush used to announce still-standing rules for
Gaffrey said he hadn't heard anything official about a Clinton visit, nor has he heard from Forest
Service officials to whom he earlier submitted a package of maps, summaries of public comments
and an extensive bibliography relating to sequoia trees for possible use in shaping a new monument.
"We provided that to the Forest Service chief and his staff," Gaffrey said. "It's all sitting there" in
UPDATE ON SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT SITUATION
House OKs Sequoia
hold Bill would delay a monument decision with an 18-month study.
By Michael Doyle
Bee Washington Bureau
(Published April 6, 2000)
WASHINGTON -- Long-shot legislation to postpone creation of a Sequoia National Monument
won approval Wednesday from the House Resources Committee.
Acting mostly along party lines, and in the face of a tight calendar and a Clinton administration veto
threat, the panel approved the measure to push the sequoia monument decision along until at least
"My legislation takes the politics out of the situation, as well as the idea of presidential legacies," said
Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa.
Radanovich represents part of the 1.2 million-acre Sequoia National Forest in the southern Sierra
Nevada, now the subject of intense maneuvering, both behind the scenes and in front of the
cameras. Within a week, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman will finish his 60-day review and
recommend to President Clinton whether to carve out a new national monument of up to 400,000
Clinton's action could come anytime after that. Both supporters and opponents see an April 22
Earth Day announcement as one scenario; an Interior Department insider countered that July was a
Joined by Rep. Cal Dooley, a Hanford Democrat, Radanovich wrote the bill to postpone any
monument designation pending a National Academy of Sciences study that would take up to 18
months. The House panel approved the measure by a 20-12 vote; no similar legislation has been
introduced in the Senate.
"We're a little concerned that the president's request for a 60-day review doesn't provide an
adequate amount of time," Dooley said.
But the maneuvering on and off Capitol Hill isn't confined to legislation. Wednesday morning, Sierra
Club activists presented an estimated 600,000 postcards supporting the creation of a 400,000-acre
sequoia monument. The environmentalists, including about 30 from California who made the trek to
Washington, said they had been collecting the postcards for more than a year.
The environmentalists also presented their latest commissioned survey, which determined that about
80% of the 700 Californians polled supported a new sequoia monument. Opposition to the
proposed monument was almost twice as high in the Central Valley as in the rest of the state.
Still, the survey identified sustained statewide support for the monument even when people were
advised about current sequoia protections. Logging is prohibited within 1,000 feet of the sequoia
groves, and a 1992 presidential declaration ordered the management of approximately 20,000
acres of sequoia groves to assure their "perpetuation."
Supporters bill the monument as the best way to protect the remaining groves of trees, which can
live longer than 2,000 years and, at over 300 feet, can grow taller than the domed U.S. Capitol.
One important issue is how much additional watershed should be protected around the sequoia
"The people of the United States want to protect the sequoias, and the people of California want to
protect the sequoias," Sierra Club president Carl Pope said.
Monument opponents, still hoping to influence administration decision-making, are scheduling rallies
in Fresno, Alameda, Los Angeles and Bakersfield for Saturday.
The umbrella group Sierra Nevada Access, Multiple Use and Stewardship is considering buying ad
space in the Washington Post next week, to catch the eye of Glickman before he makes his
Current Activites in Sequoia National Park and Sequoia National Forest
Jr. Ranger program:
Kids ages 5-8 can earn the Jay Award for participating in this conservation and environmental
program aimed at age-appropriate activites. Kids 9-12 earn the Raven Award. These fun programs give kids the "hands on" approach
to learning that they love. While discovering the priceless treasures of the park, and learning to protect them, your young ones
can earn a patch to keep and cherish. To get started, purchase a Jr. Ranger booklet in any of the visitor centers, follow the instructions
and the whole family can enjoy their stay in the park!
Thinking Ahead to Spring:
Reservations for backcountry permits are available for $10/permit for trail
entry in the summer. Reservations are accepted each year starting now (March 1st) and at least 3 weeks in advance.
To preserve the environment and ensure a quality
wilderness experience for all, each park trail has a daily entry quota. First-come, first-served permits may be issued in the morning
of your trip or after 1 pm the morning before. If the quota is full, you can choose another trail or another day to start. Permits are NOT required for day hikes nor for Monarch
or Jennie Lakes wildernesses in the Sequoia National Forest.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon N.P.
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