A new direction for California wildfire policy: working from the home outward

The mission of Sequoia ForestKeeper® is to protect and restore the ecosystems of the southern Sierra Nevada – including both the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument – through monitoring, enforcement, education, and litigation.

By acting as the eyes, ears, and voice of the forest, SFK seeks to improve land management practices, to promote land stewardship, to enforce existing laws and regulations, to implement public awareness programs, and to offer assistance to local land management agencies.

What we Do
SFK tracks all living things in the Southern Sierra Nevada on iNaturalist. View and contribute to our projects. Sequoia National Forest. Giant Sequoia National Monument. Kern County.

Sequoia ForestKeeper®
P.O. Box 2134
Kernville, CA  93238

Phone: 760-376-4434

 Toll Free:  866-Keep Trees (533-7873)

Latest News
30 March 2020
24 March 2020
One hundred twenty-two organizations including SFK agree on the Five Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus.
1. Legislation must focus on combating the coronavirus pandemic and providing emergency
relief directly to the people and communities who need it.
2. There must be absolutely no funding for fossil fuel executives and shareholders or that
would promote fossil fuel production or infrastructure.
3. Funds should be provided for investment in zero emissions, sustainable energy technologies
and equitable programs that will support healthy communities free of pollution.
4. Recovery funds should provide long-term security in the just and equitable energy
transition for fossil fuel workers and communities economically dependent on fossil fuel
5. Congress must ensure stimulus plans protect the economy from the risks of climate change.
19 March 2020
8 March 2020
Letter from Ara Marderosian, Executive Director, Sequoia ForestKeeper® to the California Department of Conservation, Geologic Energy Management Division in support of a 2,500 foot setback for residential communities from oil and gas facilities.
4 Feb 2020
13 Jan 2020


23 Sept 2019
The Point Reyes wildlife killing grazing plan is unacceptable. Eleven organizations and many individuals submitted this comment letter beyond the awkward and insufficient web form. Alternative F in light of the climate crisis is the only reasonable alternative, which will permanently removal ranching from Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS), dismantles all internal fences, and allows tule elk to naturally repopulate their historic habitat.
25 August 2019
One hundred and seventy organizations objected to the deregulation and destruction of the National Environmental Policy Act proposed by the 2019 USDA. Our organizations provided the Forest Service 309 pages of comments on the agency’s proposed rule regarding National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, 84 Fed. Reg. 27,544 (June 13, 2019), RIN 0596–AD31.
One hundred years of stewardship will be destroyed and the climate crisis will escalate to the point that there will be no hope of guaranteeing a livable planet in the near future. 
16 August 2019
14 August 2019
9 August 2019
10 June 2019
Comments on the Draft Supplemental EIS for the Bakersfield BLM Proposed
RMP (PRMP) regarding Hydraulic Fracturing.

5 June 2019
22 May 2019
The proposed Piute Mountains Travel Management Plan (TMP) has been on hold for over 8 years and new illegal trails are being created.
SFK and others sent a letter asking for the TMP to have a real date for the final plan.
13 May 2019
Recommendation to Reject Petition for USDA Rulemaking to Exempt Certain Forests from the Travel Management Rule. Letter from multiple organizations to the USDA expressing concern about exempting some National Forests from the United States Forest Service’s 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 C.F.R. Part 212. Uncontrolled access by motorized vehicles has caused many wildland fires. The Travel Management Plans help to prevent fire by controlling access in the backcountry.
30 April 2019
28 March 2019

Letter supporting S.921, Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2019

20 February 2019
1 February 2019
Inundation Zone Maps