Wilderness Stewardship Plan
Whaleback in southern Kings Canyon National Park is an excellent example of the stunning scenery seen only by those who venture into the park wilderness.
J. Warner Photo
What does wilderness mean to you? What do you want to see-or not see-when you travel in the wilderness?
We will be developing a plan for how to oversee use and protection of the park wilderness, and we are looking for your input.
When the Wilderness Stewardship Plan is written, it will establish both a philosophy and criteria for making specific decisions about how we all use the wilderness.
The Wilderness Act of 1964 provides the basic standards for care-taking in all units of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Wilderness designation requires higher standards for protection than applies to other park land.
Over 808,000 acres, some 93.4% of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, was designated as Wilderness as part of the 1984 California Wilderness Act. And an additional 30,000 acres (roughly 2.5%)of these parks are managed as wilderness per National Park Service policies.
Public input has identified a number of topics for a new wilderness plan to address, such as use of campfires, signs, and trails. For each topic, park staff will develop a range of alternative ways of dealing with each issue.
If you would like more information on this project, please visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sekiwild.