The National Park Service is seeking public input in the development of a Wilderness Stewardship Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to guide existing and future wilderness use and management at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The parks’ eastern boundary is the western boundary for much of the Inyo National Forest along the summit crest of the Sierra Nevada.
Almost 97 percent of the parks are managed as wilderness areas that provide hikers, backpackers, and stock users the opportunity to find solitude, self-sufficiency, and natural beauty in an area “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain,” as stated in the 1964 Wilderness Act.
All written comments during the scoping phase must be transmitted, postmarked, or hand-delivered by July 25, 2011. To respond electronically, submit comments via the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sekiwild . To submit written comments, letters may be sent via the U.S. Postal Service or other mail delivery service or hand-deliver comments to Superintendent Karen F. Taylor-Goodrich, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Attn: Wilderness Stewardship Plan, 47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA 93271. Faxed comments will be accepted at (559) 565-4202. Comments in any format (written or electronic) submitted by an individual or organization on behalf of another individual or organization will not be accepted. Anonymous comments will not be accepted.
The National Park Service will make all comments available for public review after the close of the EIS process.
Before including personal information such as an address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in a comment, the public should be aware that entire comments – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. A request to have comments withhold personal identifying information from public review, it cannot guarantee that the NPS be able to do so.
For more information about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, visit www.nps.gov/seki  or call (559) 565-3341.