• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • The Generals Highway "Road Between the Parks" is OPEN

    The section of road between Lodgepole (Sequoia) and Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) is open. Call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for 24-hour road updates.

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Planning and the Public

Colonel White

Colonel White's efforts to preserve the Giant Forest began in the 1920s. In the 1970s, the public began to echo his views with increasing force.

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Throughout most of the decades from 1930-1960, the voice of the park concessioner, Sequoia and General Grant National Parks Company, grew stronger. During this time, there was little or no increase in power among those pushing to restore the Giant Forest. With the coming of the Yosemite Report, Hartesveldt’s work, and the Leopold Report, all this changed. The restoration movement was gaining strength and it was about to officially gain a most powerful ally: the public.

The 1971 Master Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks called for remodeling the facilities in the Giant Forest in order to decrease human impact. These plans, along with those outlined in the Giant Forest Development Concept Plan (DCP), were released to the public at hearings in Fresno, Visalia, and Ash Mountain. The first meetings were characterized by public outcry against the National Park Service's lack of firm planning for extended public camping outside of the Giant Forest. While the citizens wanted to be sure that the number of park campsites would not decrease, the majority registered strong support for removal of development from the Giant Forest. During the next seven years, the NPS honed and tailored these plans to embrace the ecological needs of the grove and the human needs of park visitors. This process involved the work of planning contractors and professional NPS park planners, with heavy input from numerous public workshops.

Finally, in 1980, the NPS Western Regional Director authorized the final DCP, which called for removal of nearly all development in the grove and set forth management objectives for future use of the Giant Forest. After detailed analysis of several locations, including Wolverton ski area and Lodgepole, the DCP settled on the Clover Creek area for a replacement lodging facility, later named "Wuksachi Village." Nearly two decades were to elapse before large-scale removal of development from Giant Forest was initiated. During this time, the NPS was gathering funds, developing new overnight accommodations at Wuksachi Village, and fine-tuning plans for the restoration of Giant Forest. For information on planning after 1980, see the New Visitor Facilities section.

 

Did You Know?

Rangers lay a wreath at the foot of the General Grant Tree, the Nation's Christmas Tree.

The General Grant Tree is the only living thing designated by Congress as a national shrine. This sequoia is a living memorial to the men and women of the United States who have given their lives in service to their country.