Parks Institute Stage 1 Fire Restrictions June 1, 2013
Due to high fire danger, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are instituting fire restrictions inside the parks. More »
Road Construction Delays (if Entering/Exiting Hwy. 198)
Expect minimal construction delays on main road through parks (Generals Hwy) through June 2013 on weekdays generally from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. See link for schedule. Call for 24-hour road conditions info: 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1, 1). More »
Vehicle Length Limits Have Changed in Sequoia NP (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)
Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to new vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »
Some Opening/Closing Dates for Services and Facilities May Change – Check Back for Updates
Some opening/closing dates for facilities and visitor services in the parks may change due to weather or other circumstances. Call 559-565-3341 or send us an email using the "Contact Us" link below the main menu (bottom left, this page).
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History of the Cooperative
In 2008, federal managers and scientists in the Southern Sierra Nevada ecoregion challenged themselves to develop and carry out a strategic science framework to help mitigate impacts from, and adapt to climate change. The group took a landscape approach, which transcends jurisdictional boundaries and is reflected in the Department of Interior Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) All Lands Approach. Initial collaborators were Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center, the USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, Sequoia National Forest, and Giant Sequoia National Monument. The agencies held a Southern Sierra Science Symposium to review the current state of scientific research. Then, and interagency team of managers and scientists crafted the Strategic Framework for Science in Support of Management in the Southern Sierra Ecoregion. This document, released in June 2009m centers on four overarching questions: 1) What ecosystem changes are happening, why are they happening and what does it mean? 2) What is a range of plausible futures we might face? 3) What can we do about it? 4) How can relevant information be made available to all who need or desire it? Under these four questions, broad goal statements express the desired results. Each goal is subdivided into objectives and tasks, which are expanded upon by focused questions.
To apply the Strategic Framework, federal and state agency representatives met several times in 2010. They were joined by non-profit organizations engaged in climate change adaptation planning and formed a public-private science conservation partnership. The National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service crafted an interagency agreement to fund a science coordinator to lead the effort. The collaborative group became the Southern Sierra Conservation Cooperative, which meets twice annually for two day workshops and holds conference calls every two months between workshops. Many of the founding members have signed the initial memorandum of understanding (others are pending as of 6/14/2011) and an administrative framework has been developed. Importantly, members and observers have generated a list of initiative ideas to provide critical knowledge, understanding, and tools regarding agents of change and potential response actions. Several of these ideas have been crafted into formal funding proposals.
Did You Know?
Nearly 300 buildings, a gas station, sewage treatment plant, hotel, two markets, and over 24 acres of asphalt were removed during the Giant Forest Restoration Project in Sequoia National Park.