Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks Developing Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Beginning April 11 and running through the summer officials at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will be taking public comment on their efforts to develop a wilderness stewardship plan. NPS photo.

Officials at Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks are developing a wilderness stewardship plan for the two parks and are seeking public input on what should be included.

Input will be taken beginning April 11 and continue until September 1, according to the Park Service's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment webpage.

Potential issues that might be addressed in the plan include: day and overnight use; wilderness permitting; use of campfires; wildlife and proper food storage; party sizes; camping and campsites; human waste management; stock use; meadow management; research activities; wildlife management in wilderness; cultural resources in wilderness; maintenance of trails, bridges, or other necessary infrastructure; and the extent to which commercial services are necessary to fulfill the recreational and other purposes of wilderness areas.

The majority of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks -- over 96 percent of the land, or approximately 835,000 acres -- is managed as wilderness, including the Sequoia-Kings Canyon and John Krebs wilderness areas.

Beginning April 11 you'll be able to find documents relating to this effort on the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment webpage. Public meeting notices also will be posted there.