Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time
All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). 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, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »
Native Plant Nursery Volunteers
These talented and dedicated volunteers support the operations of the native plant nursery by propagating and repotting native plants, collecting seed, controlling weeds and preparing plant stock for revegetation projects. The native plant nursery plays a critical role in the parks' ecological restoration by producing native plant stock for outplanting at restoration sites throughout the parks.
Chevron Volunteer Group Constructs New Trail Segment
As a result of heavy winter snows, an enormous fir tree fell and obliterated a section of the Congress Trail, one of the most heavily used trails in the Giant Forest. Because the tree was too large to remove, a new trail segment needed to be constructed. Working with National Park Service staff, a group of employee volunteers from the Chevron Corporation, coordinated by our partner Nature Corps, completed a new section of trail to replace the segment covered by the fallen tree.
Jim Dempsey, Foothills Visitor Center Assistant
For the last 13 years Jim has been at the Foothills Visitor Center assisting visitors and sharing his experiences and expertise in the parks. Jim says he continues to volunteer because he enjoys working with people and being a part of the park service family. His favorite part of the parks is Cedar Grove which he feels is less visited than other areas. After a working there one summer he enjoys returning to the area to enjoy the beauty of the Kings Canyon and camping it offers.
Did You Know?
Fire is an essential part of Sierra forest ecology. Plants and animals have adapted to the periodic, low-intensity fires that naturally occur here. In fact, sequoias need fire to open their cones and release the seeds, and to leave cleared beds of ash where they sprout and grow best.