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Giant Sequoia National Monument

Giant Sequoia National Monument has been targeted by the current administration for review even, though many public hearings and court proceedings have already set precedent that Giant Sequoia is a valid monument and that its size is necessary to protect the giant sequoia.
Public hearings were held before the monument was declared. The monument boundary was challenged in court by Tulare County and the very powerful and deep pocketed timber industry, which would gladly cut every tree on the mountain, but they lost in court. Who won? Recreationists, rafters, photographers, hikers, backpackers, picnickers, campers, fishermen, hunters, cross-country skiers, snow-shoers, bicyclists, botanists, others who just enjoy nature because it exists, and most importantly, GIANT SEQUOIAS.
The Giant Sequoia National Monument protects grazing, and the private property rights of people and organizations with land inholdings, such as church camps and recreation facilities.
Conservationists had been trying for many years to preserve the majestic ancient sequoias that had once covered much of the west.
The Sierra Nevada is unimaginable without sequoias. They are not only biologically vital but spiritually essential to the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. The unique nature of the Giant Sequoia ecosystem is why full protection of the groves, their multifaceted watersheds, and the interconnected forest is essential. A grove is a complex relationship between clusters of Giant Sequoias mixed with ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and deciduous species like black oak and American dogwood and also critical to this system is the fractured rock aquifer that hydrates and ties this delicate intricate network together.
Giant Sequoia National Monument protects over half of the remaining population of Giant Sequoias - the largest and nearly the oldest living things on earth, many of them over 3000 years old.
The administration is making it difficult for the public to comment on this White House effort to gut the protections of this beautiful Giant Sequoia landscape, but we will do everything we can to help clarify the process so your voices can be heard.
Comments may be submitted online: go to this link
Click on “Comment Now!”
Enter your feedback. The more specific your comments are, the better the chance they will be considered.
You can also send a comment via mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.

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6 June 2017
Multiple groups expressed their opposition to HR 1873, Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act.

18 May 2017
Support for Assembly Joint Resolution 15 – Protecting California’s national monuments and the integrity of the Antiquities Act. These organizations wrote to California legislators Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry and Senator Dodd to thank them for championing an effort to re-state California’s ongoing commitment to national monuments. The groups urge the legislature to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 15 (AJR 15) in time for the June 8th anniversary of the Antiquities Act.
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17 March 2017
Eleven science-based conservation groups including SFK, sent this comment letter regarding the 2017 Draft of the CalFire's California Forest Carbon Plan. The non-science base of the plan will likely cause substantial damage to forest ecosystems and habitats throughout California.
15 March 2017