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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on weekdays only (times vary), including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »

  • Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)

    Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, and your vehicle is longer than 22 feet (combined length), please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

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    We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »

Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Whaleback in southern Kings Canyon National Park
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.

Did You Know?

Sharp, rocky crest of the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Nevada is still growing today. The mountains gain height during earthquakes on the east side of the range. But the mountains are being shortened by erosion almost as quickly as they grow. This erosion has deposited sediments thousands of feet thick on the floor of the San Joaquin Valley.