Comments and Appeals concerning Giant Sequoia National Monument
Sequoia ForestKeeper assures environmentally sound compliance with the laws through participation in project-level planning, commenting, appealing, and when necessary litigating proposed projects that could negatively affect the ecosystems of the southern Sierra Nevada, including the Giant Sequoia National Monument and Forest.

Click on any of the links below to view our latest comments and appeals. 

Comments and Appeals 

25 March 2022
Defying federal law and scientific logic, the Park Service is proposing to defile the wilderness with helicopters and motorized equipment for the Board Camp "Restoration" Project. Wilderness Watch and Sequoia ForestKeeper oppose this violation of the Wilderness Act for political expediency and not for ecological benefit.

19 January 2022

3 December 2021

Sequoia ForestKeeper and Sierra Club response to Giant Sequoia National Monument - Hume Basin Restoration Project Supplemental Scoping.

15 November 2021
22 October 2021

Hume Basin Restoration Project Scoping Comments from Sequoia ForestKeeper (SFK) and the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club.

24 February 2021
Comments regarded the proposal to build a new campground at Lava Butte
9 July 2017
Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan
20 December 2016
29 November 2016
6 September 2016
May 13, 2016
The Giant Sequoia National Monument Wishon Project demonstrates how little Sequoia National Forest staff understand the responsibility and duties to manage the Monument in accordance with the specific mandates of the Proclamation that created it. They are proposing a large scale project involving thousands of acres. which has multiple components many of which are controversial in their approach to forest restoration and fuels treatment.
Find our three comment letters linked below and the supporting documentation.
Attachments and Material Referenced in the above letters.

March 11, 2016

February 19, 2016

December 10, 2015

November 16, 2015

June 30, 2015 
Comments for McKee Water SUP Scoping Comments for Sequoia ForestKeeper, Center for Biological Diversity, & the Kern-Kaweah Chapter Sierra Club.

Sequoia ForestKeeper® (SFK), a nonprofit organization, won a judgment in its lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for approving a logging project in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

The Hume Roadside and Recreation Site Hazard Tree Project was unlawfully attempting to sell trees from within The Monument where tree removal is restricted by Presidential Proclamation to where “clearly needed” for ecological restoration and maintenance or public safety.

The judge’s opinion establishes justifiably tough standards the Forest Service must meet if it ever wants to remove trees from the Monument in the future

March 7, 2014
Hume Hazard Project objection press release.

November 25, 2013
Hume Hazard Project proposal to remove and sell trees is unacceptable as the project would be equally effective without tree removal. Sequoia ForestKeeper (SFK), the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club (SC), and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute (JMP) have therefore appealed this decision that flies in the face of the protections of the forest that were within the declaration of the GSNM which states that “Mechanical treatment with tree removal will only be considered if other methods do not meet ecological objectives in the project purpose and need.” Exhibit B is a voice mail recording that has been redacted due to privacy concerns but can be made available.

Sept. 6, 2013

Aug. 26, 2013

Mike Berry/Neil Ray Outfitter Guide Temporary Special Use Proposal Scoping - Comments by Sequoia ForestKeeper (SFK) and Sierra Club (SC)

Mar. 5, 2013 

  • Tule River Reservation Protection Project Comment Letter Exhibits:

Feb. 25, 2013 

Feb. 1, 2013 

Jan. 24, 2013

Dec. 12, 2012

Dec. 6, 2012

Appeal filed jointly with Western Watershed Project

June 1, 2011

Apr. 5, 2011

Dec. 3, 2010

  • Comment Letter Exhibits:

Nov. 3, 2010

Sequoia ForestKeeper Comments (# 1) on Giant Sequoia National Monument Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

June, 2008  

Sequoia ForestKeeper Executive Director Ara Marderosian traveled to Washington, D.C., along with SFK President Martin Litton, to speak with legislators about the logging and other harmful activities that the Forest Service was doing in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.  Click Here to see the slideshow that they showed to several lawmakers on the trip.