A giant sequoia, one that you could drive through, was toppled this week by the potent winter storm that swept through California, but it was not a tree within a national park.
Kings Canyon National Park
For 90 years, an evergreen wreath has been laid at the base of a giant sequoia in Kings Canyon National Park to mark the holiday season and honor those who fought for the United States, and you can make the trek for the 91st event on December 11.
No one knows more about the history of wildland fire in the United States than Stephen Pyne, a prodigious scholar, prolific writer, and former wildland firefighter who spent 15 years on the ground with the North Rim Hotshots. His encyclopedic knowledge and personal experience of wildland fire are exceptional credentials for writing this book, which traces the history of wildfire in America over the past half century.
In Part 1 of this story, Tom Nichols presented a brief history of the National Park Service’s fire management program, with reference to an article by Kyle Dickman, Fighting Fire with Fire. Dickman stated that Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ wildland fire management program is: “America’s most progressive forest management program,” and then asked: “why isn’t it being replicated elsewhere?” Part 2 serves to answer Dickman’s question.
A missing backpacker in Kings Canyon National Park, if still alive, will be on his own as a series of winter storms forecast for the region prompted authorities to put their search for him on hold.
A search was continuing Thursday for an experienced, 74-year-old backpacker who failed to return on schedule from a trek through Kings Canyon National Park in California.
To give endangered frogs and other native species a leg up, human-introduced trout will be eradicated – sometimes with a chemical – from dozens of high-elevation ponds, streams, and lakes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California.
King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired A Nation, Created Our National Park System, And Changed The Way We Think About Nature
One of my favorite spots in California, just a few miles away from the congestion of the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park, is a little known forest glen: Nelder Grove. A century ago this was a logging site, formerly named Fresno Grove, where the towering Sequoias crashed to the ground, to be cut up for grape stakes and fence posts. Massive stumps dot the quiet, verdant hillside, and some giants yet still stand. I always asked myself why, and how, this grove fell, while others went untouched, and were protected.
National Park Service officials have been unobtain to produce complete records that helped them craft a Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, according to a lawsuit filed against the agency.
You can add Sequoia National Park in California and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota to the slowly growing number of parks now selling entrance passes online.